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Single Blood Drop Diagnostics Enhance Healthcare

January 30, 2015 3:10 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Diagnostics technology is experiencing a bit of an innovation revolution with advances and discoveries impacting the space seemingly more often today than ever before. As research continues, more diseases and medical concerns are being detected...

Overcoming Patient Leakage Current Issues

January 30, 2015 10:04 am | by Dante De Guzman, XP Power | Articles | Comments

IEC 60601 is the generally accepted standard for medical electrical and electronic...

SXSW Names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “...

Next-Gen X-ray Imaging Will Proliferate in 2015

January 30, 2015 9:00 am | by Mila Heeman-Iliëva, Ph.D., Senior Marketing Manager, Teledyne DALSA | Blogs | Comments

The introduction of thin-film-transistor (TFT) flat X-ray detectors in the late 1990s...

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Is Your New Mobile Health App Secure in 2015?

January 30, 2015 8:30 am | by David Surber, VP of Medical Products, TÜV Rheinland | Blogs | Comments

It is estimated that 500 million smartphone users worldwide will use healthcare applications in 2015 – from using the phone to detect glaucoma in the eye to taking cardiac measurements. The users include healthcare professionals, consumers, and...

3D Printing Stands to Change the Face of Healthcare

January 30, 2015 8:26 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The most exciting aspects of the medical device industry for me is focused in two parts. First, the future potential of 3D printing in the medtech sector continues to excite. The apparent ease of using 3D printing to produce unique-patient implants...

Building Ontario’s Most Gender-Diverse Engineering Class

January 29, 2015 4:11 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The first-year class of engineering students at the University of Toronto is 30 percent women, a record number for both the university and the province. National numbers, expected later this year, could show University of Toronto as Canada’s most...

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Making Science Fiction a Reality: 3 Medical Devices Straight from Star Trek

January 29, 2015 3:56 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While we haven’t quite been able to achieve light-speed travel or teleportation just yet, science fiction has forecasted a number of technologies that are anything but fiction. Star Trek in particular offered surprising insight into technological...

3D-Printed Heart Helps Treat Child’s Rare Condition

January 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Dr. Richard Kim, a cardiac surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, used the printed model to strategize how best to treat Esther Perez, a young patient with a rare type of ventricular septal defect. Perez went in for surgery in November...

If A Single Neuron Fires in the Brain, Will Anyone See It?

January 29, 2015 11:12 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Let me introduce Andy Gotshalk, CEO of Blackrock NeuroMed. With almost 20 years of experience in the medical device industry, Gotshalk began as a field service engineer, rising through the ranks to become the Sales/Operation manager for the...

Automating the Manufacturing Process in 2015

January 29, 2015 9:00 am | by Brian Beahm, CTO, Beahm Designs Inc. | Beahm Designs, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

As the medical device industry continues to face complex challenges in new product development and launch, the trend in 2015 will increasingly migrate toward automation at every level of the medical device manufacturing supply chain. When we...

Speeding Up Diagnosis and Embracing Telehealth in 2015

January 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Dan Piekarz, Vice President of Business Development, Life Sciences, DataArt. | Blogs | Comments

Technology implemented well is greatly increasing our ability to understand the human body and how to care for it. In 2015, next generation genetic sequencing techniques will be revolutionizing diagnosis of infectious disease, but the FDA's...

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Defining Impact: Creating Designs That Are Up to Standard

January 28, 2015 10:04 am | by Christian Defeo, eSupplier Manager, Newark element14 | Blogs | Comments

element14’s Sudden Impact challenge continues on, and the competitors are targeting different sports and designing a myriad of devices. Part of the challenge is to create solutions that align with the scientific and health communities...

Monitoring Wellness, Wirelessly

January 28, 2015 9:34 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Imagine someone telling you they had just received a text from their pacemaker. Researchers have outlined a system of “intelligent medical implants” that could enable remote monitoring of the inner workings of the body. Operated remotely...

2015 Will Require Implementation of Thorough Security Programs

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Michael McNeil, Product Security & Services Officer, Philips Healthcare | Blogs | Comments

In April of 2014, Wired Magazine made the rattling proclamation that “it’s insanely easy to hack hospital equipment,” citing cybersecurity researcher Scott Erven’s two years of medical device vulnerability investigations and the many ways in...

Photos of the Day: Smart Fabric Measures All Aspects of Physicality

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

According to one innovator, smart fabric is posed to become the future of clothing everywhere. Keith McMillen has been a leader in the music technology industry for almost 30 years; however, his new goal is to integrate smart technology into everyday...

Detecting Ebola with Infrared Light

January 27, 2015 2:30 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The Caregiver thermometer was developed by Sanomedics with “TouchFree” – infrared – technology. Since it received FDA certification and became available for purchase in 2012, it has gone around the world to airports that see traffic from...

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3D Printing Gives the Children a Helping Hand

January 27, 2015 2:18 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

On a freezing, snow-blanketed day like this (the Northeast US was recently slammed by a nor’easter) I decided to ease the chill on both the local readers and myself with some heartwarming medtech innovation. You may have heard mention of...

Photos of the Day: Will Digital Pathology Retire the Microscope?

January 27, 2015 10:15 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three years ago, Ian Cree, professor of pathology at Warwick Medical School in Coventry, UK and his team started testing a machine that allows them to digitally scan images of tissue slides and patient histories, attach matching barcodes and upload...

How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 27, 2015 9:01 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Basketball drills, passing fads, and how to trick a fitness tracker – fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise...

Next-Gen Home-Use Products Require Small, High-Performing Sensors

January 27, 2015 8:47 am | by Rob Kim, Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

Medical equipment, driven by patient convenience and cost reduction, is moving from the hospital to the home. In addition, typical home-use products, like CPAP machines are becoming smaller and more sophisticated. In a hospital or clinical...

Getting Inside: Implantables and Technologies that Deliver Them

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Ximedica, Interface Catheter Solutions, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Articles | Comments

There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space. Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there...

Finding Some "Sense" in 2015

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Walt Maclay, President, Voler Systems | Blogs | Comments

During 2015, sensors will continue to be a driving force for innovative medical devices. We will see advances in chemical sensors, especially "lab on a chip," and paper-based sensors. Driven by faster analysis time and extremely small fluid...

This Neurostimulator Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 11:11 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the...

How Needs Characterization Helps OEMs Win the Wearables Race

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Steve McPhilliamy, Partner and Director of Design, Insight Product Development | Insight Product Development | Articles | Comments

The medtech wearables space is an incredibly exciting example of healthcare innovation that’s moving directly into the hands of patients. However, due to a lack of a comprehensive design period for many devices, high abandon rates among... 

Using Your Thoughts to Control Wireless Devices

January 26, 2015 10:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

British company Flexctrl Ltd. is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity. The indiegogo campaign, which began on Dec. 23, has raised £741 ($1,112) out of its £125,000 ($187,000) goal as of...

The Future Is Here…Finally

January 23, 2015 1:50 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

As far as actually looking ahead when it comes to 3D printing, I foresee the need for a fundamental shift in the way medical device makers offer some types of medical technologies. Rather than buying a finished product from a manufacturer or distributor...

Creating a Smarter Connection between Man and Machine

January 23, 2015 1:12 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | SurModics, Inc. | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization...

The Brave New World of Medical Device Technology

January 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Insight Product Development | Blogs | Comments

As a devout sci-fi fan, I will also say that remote digital health may become truly transparent. Permanently implanted sensors, potentially even in utero, or nanotechnology that is transferred from generation to generation as part of our cells and DNA...

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