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5 Trends in Medical Technology for 2015

December 24, 2014 11:39 am | by Michele Windsor, Direct Sales and Marketing Manager, Accutronics Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

Medical technology is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and the latest and most exciting innovations were recently explored at COMPAMED, the international medical trade show. Accutronics launched its latest smart-battery range at the trade show...

The MDT Top 10 from 2014

December 23, 2014 2:03 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Another exiting year of medtech innovations has passed. In 2014, we really started to see the...

5 Critical Components to Harness the Power of Health Data Successfully

December 22, 2014 8:09 am | by Kevin Phillips, VP of Marketing and Product Management, Capsule Technology | Blogs | Comments

Big data…the latest buzz phrase in IT. And it is BIG. With all the technology available today –...

6 Key Lessons MedTech Manufacturers Can Learn from Innovation Leaders

December 17, 2014 9:00 pm | by Lukas Zdrazil, Landor Associates | Blogs | Comments

For decades, the medtech industry has been driven by innovation. Now, companies that...

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Addressing the Top Five Software Validation Questions

December 9, 2014 9:48 am | by Penny Goss, Consultant, Penny Goss Technical Solutions | Articles | Comments

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) requirements for validation of manufacturing and quality system software can conjure up a lot of questions. Understanding the actual guidelines and best...

6 Tips to Leverage Production Efficiency Using Design for Manufacturability

December 8, 2014 10:19 am | by Gaurang Trivedi, Engineering Consultant, Hi-Tech Outsourcing Services | Articles | Comments

Design for manufacturability is an approach utilized to minimize manufacturing time by incorporating the design process along with the manufacturing processes. To meet the continuous shifting market trends, manufacturers are forced to shrink their...

Top 10 from Medica & CompaMed

November 20, 2014 2:37 pm | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Welcome to MDT’s Top 10 list from the Medica and Compamed shows, which took place in Dusseldorf, Germany. This was my first visit to the event, so to say it was overwhelming, yet fantastic, would be an understatement. Watch my list of the ten best things I saw.

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3 Factors to Consider When Cutting Development Costs

November 17, 2014 9:26 am | by Richard Whipple, Marketing Communications Manager, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Precision Fluidics Division; Ben Furnish, Marketing Manager, Parker Hannifin, Electromechanical Division | Blogs | Comments

It’s hard for a single company to do everything well; every company has its core competencies. So partnering with the right vendor in ways that supplement a medical device manufacturer’s core competencies is a key strategy many OEMs use to cut...

6 Things to Tell Your Piezoceramics Supplier

November 14, 2014 7:30 am | by Russell Petrucci, Director of Business Development, and Roger Nessen, Development Manager; Exelis Electronic Systems | Articles | Comments

Any technology that supports the delivery of medical care must be designed to the highest possible standards of quality and efficacy. To device makers, this is obvious. What is often less obvious is just how challenging it can be for a company...

4 Questions to Ask when Considering the Cloud ERP Solution

November 12, 2014 7:30 am | by Bart Reitter, Director, QAD Life Sciences | Blogs | Comments

As a Medical Device manufacturer, you’ve undoubtedly heard and read the buzz about the cloud. The cloud, by definition, is a nebulous term that gets bandied about frequently these days. A simple definition of the Cloud is that it is a network...

3 Steps to Prepare for the Onshoring Shift in Wearable Technology

November 12, 2014 7:30 am | by Noreen King, Founder, Evolve Manufacturing Technologies | Articles | Comments

These days, the headlines are flooded with news about wearable medical devices. From the fanfare surrounding wearable tech product launches (for example, Apple’s much-anticipated, recent unveiling in Cupertino of the Apple Watch — the company’s...

From Concept to Company: 5 Steps in the Journey of a Medical Device Startup

November 10, 2014 7:30 am | by Nate Rhodes, Chief Executive Officer, Veritas Medical LLC | Blogs | Comments

Innovation is the life force of the medical device industry. Without a large budget for in-house R&D, licensing or acquiring a new technology, many companies are losing market share to those with deep pockets. To avoid the bureaucracy of...

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9 Expectations to Have of Your Suppliers

November 6, 2014 7:30 am | by Luis Tissone, Director Life Sciences, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Articles | Comments

In recent years, countless management experts and analysts have touted the benefits that medical device manufacturers of all sizes can realize by establishing "partnerships" with their suppliers. Forward-thinking suppliers understand how they...

Photos (Videos!) of the Day: Cleveland Clinic's 2015 Top 10

November 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by Cleveland Clinic | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic has announced its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015. The list includes a mobile stroke ambulance, fast, painless blood-testing, and a novel intra-operative...

Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2015

November 5, 2014 11:56 am | by Cleveland Clinic | News | Comments

Cleveland Clinic has announced its 9th annual list of Top 10 Medical Innovations that are likely to have major impact on improving patient care in 2015. The list includes a mobile stroke ambulance, fast, painless blood-testing, and a novel...

5 Indicators the Medical Device Industry Is Hitting Its Midlife Crisis

November 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Dave Powell, Partner A.T. Kearney | Blogs | Comments

The medical device industry, which has enjoyed the enviable position of gaining five percent average annual growth and operating margins between 23 and 25 percent, is next in line to get turned on its head by industry disruptors. The future of...

7 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Barcode Labeling Software Provider

October 29, 2014 8:30 am | by Nick Recht, Enterprise Product Manager, TEKLYNX Americas | Articles | Comments

Today, countless industries rely on barcode label design software for a variety of uses, such as creating barcodes for labels, products, shipping, and more. Within the healthcare industry, barcode technology is becoming more prevalent as patient...

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5 Key Lessons to Successfully Prepare and Publish Data to the FDA’s GUDID

October 13, 2014 8:30 am | by Denise Odenkirk, Senior Director, Industry Solutions, GHX | Blogs | Comments

While the deadline for medical device companies to submit Class III product data to the FDA's Production Global UDI Database (GUDID) passed on September 24, 2014, the remaining 90 percent of all medical device implantables, as well as products...

5 Things Engineers Regret About Their Careers

October 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

If only they knew then what they know now, who knows what would have happened? It’s a lamentable thought, but, short of the invention of some sort of time machine, the best engineers can do is offer their advice to the younger generation. It...

6 'Connecting' Technologies that Impact Medical Devices

October 3, 2014 10:25 am | by Ohio University | News | Comments

While this infographic offers insights on connecting technologies that are serving people and communities, it isn't hard to see how they each have implications in the medical device space.             

5 Benefits of Best-Sourcing Medical Device Teams

October 2, 2014 8:30 am | by Martine Janicki PhD, PEng and a PMP, Project Manager for IHealth | Blogs | Comments

“Talent management is more than an operational practice, it is skilled art form. Human resources acquisition is the single most important area that will determine the design success or failure.” Best-Sourcing was coined by Tom Peters and...

5 Steps that Speed EMC Testing

August 7, 2014 2:13 pm | by Bjarne Hansen, Electrical Engineer, StarFish Medical | Blogs | Comments

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) refers to unwanted effects in a medical device due to electromagnetic energy present in the environment. EMI can prevent proper operation of a medical device. For example, certain electric wheelchairs and...

10 Tips for Designing Medical Components with Aluminum

July 21, 2014 11:41 am | by Gordon Knott, Alexandria Industries | Articles | Comments

To better control the increasing product development costs without sacrificing quality, medical device OEMs are turning to aluminum instead of other more costly materials to manufacture both their new and existing components. The following...

Six Steps That Optimize Your Medical Device for Manufacture

June 30, 2014 2:55 pm | by Mark Drlik, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager, StarFish Medical | Blogs | Comments

Many medical device manufacturing pitfalls come with the territory. Physical architecture, vendor selection, and even basic details like specifying the labels and fasteners on a part can raise costs or lower reliability. Follow the six steps...

Unique Device Identification: Three Steps to Compliance

May 29, 2014 9:59 am | by Nick Recht, Enterprise Product Manager, TEKLYNX Americas | Articles | Comments

In the medical device industry, accurate identification has never been more important. Failure to adhere to rules and regulations can be the difference between life and death for patients. Growing concerns about product recalls, counterfeit...

6 Hidden Factors that Drive Commercially Successful mHealth App Publishing

May 15, 2014 10:26 am | by research2guidance | News | Comments

There are above the line factors that contribute to successful mHealth app publishing. These include getting featured on an app store, great design, usability and functionality of an app and highly visible advertisement campaigns. The success...

13 Contract Manufacturer’s Testing Guidelines

April 29, 2014 4:00 pm | by Jeff Lind, President, Compliance West | Compliance West USA | Articles | Comments

As more tasks are being pushed to manufacturing partners by OEMs, testing to industry Standards is becoming the responsibility of outsourcing providers. While this article is written as a guide for service partners, it also serves as a... 

Top Ten (+1) Disposables Outsourcing Vendor Tips that Save Money

April 17, 2014 3:40 pm | by Donald J. Dobert, President, ATL Medical-Pharmaceutical | ATL (Ad Tape & Label) | Blogs | Comments

Follow these eleven tips. They will save you heartache, frustration, and money. 1. Clearly define your needs and the function of the product. Your vendor may be able to suggest cost efficient ways to improve product quality and lower unit...

5 Takeaways from Conversations with Leading Providers at HIMSS

April 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by Lindsay Sanchez, Citrix | Blogs | Comments

The HIMSS conference attracted 38,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors this year; an indication of the role HIT is predicted to play in healthcare transformation. However, the breadth of technologies displayed made you wonder how providers...

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