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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...

Healthcare in Real Time: The Speed of Disruption

December 24, 2014 8:54 am | by Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions, Logic PD | Blogs | Comments

I recently had the pleasure of leading a panel discussion on the title topic at LifeScience...

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...

The Challenges of Designing a Technology for Addiction Treatment

December 23, 2014 9:27 am | by Casey Hanrahan, VP of Design, Soberlink | Blogs | Comments

For people suffering with addiction, the choice to enter treatment is just the beginning. The...

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Hybrid Cloud – A Safe Play for Medical Device Manufacturers

December 23, 2014 8:02 am | by Mika Javanainen, Senior Director of Product Management, M-Files Corporation | Blogs | Comments

When every new technology innovation or computing model has to be evaluated within the constraints of complex and strict regulatory requirements, it is no surprise that medical device manufacturers have been skittish about moving to the cloud. Even as cloud...

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 – in our personal lives as well as in healthcare – you can get data on just about anything. From tracking how many steps you walk each day, to how many...

Plastic and Metal Materials to Expand for Molding, Machining, and Additive Manufacturing

December 22, 2014 7:30 am | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The capabilities of injection molding are continually expanding. In 2014, Proto Labs advanced two processes: metal injection molding (MIM) for smaller, stainless steel parts and liquid silicone rubbers (LSR) molding, which is often used for...

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The ACA Has Directly Impacted Medical Innovations

December 19, 2014 8:23 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | ODU-USA, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In my opinion, the Affordable Care Act has held back new research and potential technology breakthroughs that could benefit patients worldwide. Within the past year, I have experienced device manufacturers moving their operations overseas due to the...

Development of Automation and Integration of Robotics

December 19, 2014 7:30 am | by Jason Nelson, Tech Center Manager, ProMed Molded Products | ProMed Molded Products, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Implantable devices serve a variety of functions from regulating the beat of a heart to restoring the range of motion in knee and hip joints. Over the last few years we’ve seen the merging of implantable devices and drug therapies. Incorporating...

Lower Cost, Faster Speed to Market, Better Component Consistency

December 18, 2014 7:30 am | by New Product Development Team, Ci Medical | Blogs | Comments

Many new features and functionality are being introduced every month. The medical molding industry has incorporated laser bar coding and laser etching for component identification. We have molded RFID tags directly into the walls of a device...

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 historically have relied merely on incremental product innovation need to find new ways to satisfy increasing customer demands. As profit margins in the sector are declining...

Infographic: Outsourcing in the Development of Medical Devices

December 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Eileen Whitmore, Art Director, and Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

MDT sent out a survey to readers focused on their experience with outsourcing in the development of medical devices. The following infographic reflects their responses to a number of questions related to the topic. For additional insight...

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What Do You Mean You Aren’t Outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

When I started covering this industry more than 15 years ago, using outsourcing service providers was something that was done sparingly and much less of a common practice when compared to today. Medical device manufacturers were not ready...

Reduce and/or Combine Components to Cut Molding Costs

December 17, 2014 7:30 am | by Kelly Peterson, New Product Development Manager, JunoPacific | JunoPacific, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Molded-in seals, hermetic seals (LIM), multiple components assembled in-mold, anti-microbial additives, RFID tags, electrical conductivity. The ability to micro-mold components is continually driving the miniaturization of implantable and...

CAM Software Enhances the Quality of Orthopedic Implants

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Helene Horent, DP Technology | Articles | Comments

To provide minimally-invasive equipment and high-quality products, it is essential to acquire the best technology for production. To meet these objectives, Stryker chose to use ESPRIT, a computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) software that comes equipped...

Integrate Vendor Into Product Development Process

December 16, 2014 7:30 am | by Lars Gerding, Technology Director, Helix Medical | Blogs | Comments

One great advantage with molding is the freedom to design various shapes and functional features into a part. This freedom includes the choice of raw material with a wide range of properties that are suitable for various applications. Newly...

Innovative Technologies for DNA Diagnostics and Health Monitoring

December 15, 2014 11:13 am | by Mina Rais-Zadeh, IEDM 2014 Focus Session Chair, Associate Professor, University of Michigan | Blogs | Comments

Several papers on advanced medical electronics technology will be presented at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco on Dec. 15-17, including bio-MEMS, bio-sensors, and technology for DNA diagnostics and...

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Battle Lines Being Drawn Over LDT Regulation

December 15, 2014 9:54 am | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

“The heart of Bradley Thompson’s argument rests on, ‘if a company is manufacturing an IVD test, the agency has full authority.’ Developing and performing most LDTs is not ‘manufacturing’ in a recognized sense of the word and never has been (although...

Miniaturization in the Device Market

December 15, 2014 7:30 am | by Tim Reis, VP of Healthcare Business Development, GW Plastics | GW Plastics, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Some new/additional features that can be incorporated are soft touch molding and gasketing functionality because of two-shot molding, aesthetic features and market branding. Medical devices themselves are being downsized into smaller...

Nucleosomics Epigenetic Blood Tests to Revolutionize Cancer Detection

December 12, 2014 11:23 am | by Jake Micallef, VolitionRx | Articles | Comments

Cancer, which touches the lives of many, has remained a leading cause of death in the United States. While most cancers are treatable if caught before it has become locally invasive and has spread through the body, many cancers are not diagnosed...

Mobile Vital Signs Monitoring Devices Will Revolutionize Healthcare

December 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Analog Devices, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Over the next five years, we are likely to see vital signs monitoring as a universal facet of everyday life. The sensing will be discreet, convenient, and painless. Expert systems will sit quietly in the background and occasionally rear their head to warn...

Using Smartphone Cameras as Test Strip Reading Devices

December 12, 2014 7:30 am | by Thomas M. Tsakeris, President, Devices and Diagnostics Consulting Group | Blogs | Comments

In my experience as a regulatory consultant mainly in the IVD area, I have observed over the last year or so an increasing interest in linking traditional IVD home-use test strips such as urinalysis (protein, pH, glucose keytones, nitrite, etc...

Might Portable Clean Air Hold the Key for Better Health?

December 11, 2014 2:39 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

There’s little argument when it comes to the value of clean air. Air pollution – bad! Clean, fresh air – good! However, is creating an environment where someone is exposed to clean air exclusively a good idea? I happened upon a device that is being...

Apply Toyota’s Innovation Excellence to Accelerate Your Product Development

December 11, 2014 10:02 am | by David Jacobs, Boston Engineering | Articles | Comments

Toyota’s success as the world’s largest automaker is largely attributed to its Toyota Production System, which is rooted in Dr. Edwards Deming’s research to improve quality and business processes. Car brands and medical device companies are both...

Collaborating With Clinicians to Set Standards

December 11, 2014 7:30 am | by Tom O’Dwyer, Director of Healthcare Technology, Analog Devices | Analog Devices, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Home healthcare can really be divided into two sub-sections, clinical-grade and non-clinical grade. Clinical grade is currently limited largely to glucose testing and blood pressure cuffs. Non-clinical grade refers to areas such as...

The Pulse: Pain-Free Lancing for Blood Testing and Tracking Surgeons’ Eyes

December 10, 2014 11:36 am | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re performing a blood draw pain-free, comparing heart vital signs, tracking the eyes of surgeons, and giving the disabled access to smartphones.           

Integrating Patient Devices into Health IT Systems

December 10, 2014 11:20 am | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Articles | Comments

The launch of Apple’s HealthKit platform was the first real sign the fitness and health tracking movement had legs; Apple has always been intentional about its moves, and its fans are usually quick to adopt new offerings. They’ve already announced...

Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM? (On Demand)

December 10, 2014 10:02 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we...

Photos of the Day: The Ebola Effect

December 10, 2014 9:51 am | by Study Medicine Europe | News | Comments

The latest outbreak of Ebola has dominated healthcare news in 2014. This infographic provides a rather extensive overview of the virus, the cost, worldwide impact, and more. It also covers the protective equipment that healthcare workers use when treating patients...

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