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Perspectives on Robots in the OR - A.J. Smith

April 26, 2013 2:41 pm | by A.J. Smith, Director of Product Marketing, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? Robotic technologies combined with improved sensors and sophisticated intelligence will make inroads into many aspects of medical care, including surgical centers and operating rooms.  

Photo of the Day: 4 Medical Advances Made Possible by BLDC Motors

April 25, 2013 5:19 pm | by Sinotech | Sinotech | News | Comments

The medical world is full of devices that wouldn’t be possible—or as effective—without the brushless DC motor. This infographic features four of them: sleep apnea treatment, bodily fluid testing, blood clot prevention, and mobile breathing assistance.

The Malware Threat

April 22, 2013 2:06 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

When my mother tells me that her computer is running slow and she needs me to “clean it up” for her, I never imagined the day she might be calling about the same problem with a medical device. While I’d obviously not have the same access to it that I have on a computer, it does reflect a scary situation in medical device technology today.

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Photos of the Day: The CAVE for Design

April 19, 2013 9:50 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The new CAVE system is currently being used in applications related to the visualization of museum pieces, cooperative ship design and medicine, although its sphere of application is broader still, covering industrial design, visualization of simulation results, molecular design, architecture and urbanism, archaeology and the study of monuments, and geonavigation.

Photos of the Day: Robotic Surgeons, All Hype?

April 9, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Surgeons say the advantages of the system include allowing them to operate sitting down, using small robotic hands with no tremor. But critics say a big increase in robot operations nationwide is due to heavy marketing and hype, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into problems and deaths that may be linked with robotic surgery.

Photos of the Day: Spleen on a Chip

March 25, 2013 10:50 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

The Spleen-on-a-chip, developed at the Wyss Institute, will be used to treat bloodstream infections that are the leading cause of death in critically ill patients and soldiers injured in combat.

Perspectives on Industry Insight, Part II

January 17, 2013 12:00 am | by MDT Staff | Minifab, Tci Precision Metals, Intertech Development Company, Munro & Associates, Inc., Medical Murray, Inc. | Articles | Comments

  Would you please comment on the medical device industry as we move into 2013? Contract manufacturing continues to shift from just “manufacturing” to include a full road map of your finished products, including design, test, manufacturability, and distribution.  

Global Healthcare Trends & Top Ten Companies in Telemedicine Technologies

January 16, 2013 12:46 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Today, healthcare is one of the top economic and social problems across the globe. Put simply, the problem comes down to two factors: accessibility and affordability. The global focus on the use of telemedicine as a tool to cut down healthcare...

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Perspectives on Industry Insight, Part I

January 16, 2013 12:00 am | by MDT Staff | Syspro, Honeywell Sensing And Control, Portescap, D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Would you please comment on the medical device industry as we move into 2013? The need for medical device manufacturers to have product recall plans in place was reaffirmed by the release of the latest figures on medical device unit recalls. According to the quarterly ExpertRECALL Index released August 22, 2012, over 123 million medical device units were recalled in the second quarter of 2012...

Industry Forecast 2013

January 15, 2013 12:00 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Xeridiem, Pro-Dex, Aubrey Group, Inc., GPI Prototype, Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Since 2013 brings uncertainty with it due to a number of issues and concerns, MDT sought out the industry’s supplier side to see where their thoughts were focused. Speaking with a number of service providers and component suppliers, this “industry forecast” highlights five areas: contract manufacturing, design, molding, power, and test.

List of Nucleic Acid Based Tests

December 10, 2012 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

This is a list of nucleic acid-based tests that have been cleared or approved by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. These tests analyze variations in the sequence, structure, or expression of deoxyribonucleic acid and ribonucleic acid...

Extrusion: Beyond Simple Tubing

October 25, 2012 3:47 pm | by Sean Fenske | Pexco, LLC, Teleflex Medical OEM, Sil-Pro, LLC, Vesta, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Medical device manufacturers have traditionally relied on their extrusion supply partners for affordable medical tubing for a variety of application areas. However, more and more, these OEMs are seeking greater capabilities and more design solutions from these same supply parterners. This article looks at how medical extrusion is impacting device development today.

Perspectives on Supplier Differentiator, Part II

October 19, 2012 2:10 pm | by Deborah Kacera, Daniel Rudolf, Dan Walsh, Christine Forcier, and Bill Leverich | Pilgrim Quality Solutions, RBC Medical Innovations | Articles | Comments

The next evolution is the focus on the supply chain and ensuring the detailed processes are in place and that products/processes provided by downstream suppliers are validated and real. With globalization as the post facto now, it will require more stringent supplier controls from the initial selection of suppliers through the monitoring phases. How will suppliers select and monitor their supplier base?

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Perspectives on Supplier Differentiator, Part I

October 19, 2012 11:49 am | by Joe Rotino, Alan Walsh, Aidan Petrie, Carol Tucker, and Michelle Lott | Pro-Dex, Logic PD, Inc., Ximedica, Vention Medical, Inc., Xeridiem | Articles | Comments

As external industry influences like excise taxes, longer approval process time, and reimbursement pressures bear down on device manufacturers, development partners must look to areas of opportunity and how to best support medical firms in these pursuits. While opportunities such as the growing and aging population and emerging markets are getting a lot of play, it’s also important to realize that progress (i.e., technological advances) poses perhaps the most significant area of opportunity in transforming healthcare.

Another Tax Column…

October 18, 2012 3:55 pm | by Sean Fenske | Blogs | Comments

I tried hard to find a topic other than the coming medical device excise tax to write about, however, either my brain didn’t have any more room to fit another topic or there’s just not that much else going on in the medical device industry (which is much less likely). I was also hesitant to write the column because, unlike with the web, there is a period of time that passes from the moment I complete the column until the time it is published and mailed where the content is out of my hands while outside forces can wreak havoc on the topic and the timing of its appearance.

Perspectives on Evolution of Miniaturization

October 17, 2012 3:39 pm | by Steve Kuckworth, Jessica Willing-Pichs, Ian Hardy, Chad Marak, John Beigel, Trygve Olsen, and Chris Ault | Clariant Corporation, Ximedica, Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Littelfuse, Inc., Meder Electronic Inc. | Articles | Comments

As medical devices migrate from the hospital to the patient’s home or workplace, two concepts will become increasingly important: manageability and security. Remote medical devices must often provide continuous care, regardless of their location. Consequently, IT teams will need to manage and control the devices remotely...

There’s an App for That

October 17, 2012 2:47 pm | by Sean Fenske | Blogs | Comments

I have yet to hop aboard the smart phone bandwagon. While I realize there are a number of benefits, to me, it still seems like a pricey way to access my e-mail and Facebook when I’m not home in front of my desktop computer. And really, I still don’t yet need that ability.

Photo of the Day: New Device Combines MEG & MRI Technology

July 30, 2012 10:47 am | by Aalto University | News | Comments

The innovative MEG-MRI device combines the whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.

Perspectives On A Question of Safety

July 25, 2012 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

How has news questioning the safety of medical devices misled the public about testing protocols?

I Want My M(D)TV

June 15, 2012 11:29 am | by Sean Fenske | Blogs | Comments

Like the slogan for the music channel that used to actually play music (rather than being an entertainment channel, but that discussion is for another day…and website), I want my M(D)TV!

Five Steps to Validating the Cleaning Process of Medical Devices

June 6, 2012 10:03 am | by Patrick Kenny, Director of Analytical Services, Microtest Laboratories | Microtest Laboratories, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Many modern medical devices are composed of high-tech materials such as metallic alloys or synthetic plastics. Their production may require the use of various agents to aid in the manufacturing process or produce contaminants that require...

Perspectives on First Step in Design, Part II

June 5, 2012 12:54 pm | Articles | Comments

Once a new medical device idea is formulated, what is the critical first step to help ensure its success through to market launch?

Perspectives on First Step in Design, Part I

June 5, 2012 12:34 pm | Articles | Comments

Once a new medical device idea is formulated, what is the critical first step to help ensure its success through to market launch?

Perspectives on Battling HAIs

June 5, 2012 11:28 am | Articles | Comments

What impact does the effort to reduce the incidence of hospital acquired infections have on the development of new medical devices?

Is Open Source Software the Solution for Medical Devices?

June 5, 2012 11:00 am | by Sean Fenske | Blogs | Comments

I was just reading an article from The Economist on open source software as a solution to security and safety in medical devices. I then looked through the comments and was led to a video on the topic. After digesting both...

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