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Photos of the Day: 5 Innovative Healthcare Devices Featured at CES 2015

January 8, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

While the Internet of Things seems to be all the rage (and dominating almost all of the news) at CES 2015, there are still plenty of other areas that warrant attention. Of course, my interest is on the medtech and health-related devices that are being...

Sleep Your Way into Improved Restfulness

January 8, 2015 3:52 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s no secret that having trouble sleeping causes a multitude of health problems. Apart from the obvious issues such as fatigue and altered mood, pulling undesired all-nighters can adversely affect weight, bring about cardiovascular problems, and make...

Photos of the Day: 100 Years of Welch Allyn

January 8, 2015 10:32 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Dr. Francis Welch and William Noah Allyn developed the world's first handheld, direct-illuminating ophthmaloscope in 1915. Allyn first marketed the ophthmaloscope at an American Medical Association convention in New York City in 1920. At the...

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Time May Heal a Broken Heart, but Stem Cells Do It Better

January 7, 2015 4:21 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

NuVascular Technologies has obtained exclusive licensing rights for the purpose of commercializing an implantable device that uses stem cells to repair damage to the heart. The innovation, called the Biogenerator, is implanted into the wall of the heart...

A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Ears

January 7, 2015 3:15 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Trying to have a conversation in a noisy, crowded room amid a cacophony of voices is difficult enough for someone with healthy hearing. This situation becomes torturous for someone who wears a hearing aid. Every sound is amplified, and instead...

Industrial Internet Will Radically Redefine the Medical Devices Industry

January 7, 2015 12:16 pm | by Rajeev Kapoor, Partner, Bharat Kapoor, Consultant, Joshua Swartz, Consultant; A.T. Kierney | Blogs | Comments

You may feel that you’re having the rug yanked out from under you by the numerous forces threatening the industry, not to mention all these other [IT] companies moving into your space. For decades you’ve made your bed with physicians and...

The Benefits of AMR Sensor Technology

January 6, 2015 9:22 am | by Josh Edberg, Global Product Marketing Manager, Honeywell Sensing & Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Articles | Comments

Design engineers in the medical field understand that position sensors can have a big impact on the durability and longevity of medical devices and other healthcare systems. These sensors measure position in a variety of applications ranging...

Top Five Healthcare Trends of 2014

January 2, 2015 10:31 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Kalorama Information has identified its “Top Five Trends in Healthcare in 2014.” The healthcare market research firm publishes 40-50 detailed studies in healthcare markets every year. The firm said several events in 2014 will have business planners...

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The ACA Has Clogged the Pipeline of MedTech Innovation

December 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Emily L. Cross, Ph.D., Director of Media and Communication, TecMed Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The 2010 media was saturated in the triumphant, albeit hotly debated, arrival of change in many sectors of life, but spun tightly on the U.S. healthcare system. The year can be defined with tedious chatter, increased expectations, and a new sensation...

Top 4 Up And Coming Medical Device Trends for 2015

December 31, 2014 8:34 am | by David Nelson, President, Nel Pretech | Blogs | Comments

Top trends for the medical design industry in 2015 include some familiar — and emerging — issues and considerations. Expanding international markets, aging populations, technological innovations, an ever-expanding roster of disease biomarkers...

Expanding Wellness Monitoring and Care with e-Health

December 29, 2014 9:11 am | by Bill Ash, Strategic Technology Program Director, and Kathryn Bennett, Senior Program Manager, IEEE Standards Association | Blogs | Comments

In the next-generation e-health environment that is taking shape in markets worldwide, more varieties of more accurate patient data will be more efficiently exchanged and analyzed across a wider array of interoperable devices and systems for enhanced...

Creating Customized Wearable Health Devices

December 29, 2014 8:31 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, Newark element14 | Blogs | Comments

The wearable health and fitness market is rife with devices that can track and relay basic vitals. The majority of devices proposed by element14’s competitors, however, will be designed with specific sports in mind, thus both the form and function...

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...

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Healthcare in Real Time: The Speed of Disruption

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

I recently had the pleasure of leading a panel discussion on the title topic at LifeScience Alley’s health technology leadership conference in Minneapolis. The panel consisted of technologists involved in developing medical products who engaged in a discussion...

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 impact of mHealth on the industry, with more “outsiders” seeking to bundle health monitoring into smart phones and connected devices. Data security (and...

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 real work starts in aftercare programs where continuing care helps provide resources necessary for a successful recovery. Soberlink identified a problem in the...

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...

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...

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...

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