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Replacing Metal Components with Single-Use Precision Molded Plastics

June 4, 2015 9:39 am | by Aiken Toon, Technical Director, Forefront Medical Technology | Articles | Comments

Metal parts are typically used in invasive medical equipment because a machined metal part ensures a tight seal at joints. However, use of metal components can increase cost over the life of the product when sterilization costs are considered...

Wearable Device on Your Ear Controls Blood Loss

June 4, 2015 8:00 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

If made compact and inexpensive enough, this device could become a part of every surgical prep routine for a patient, where the device is clipped to the ear prior to the procedure. Should there be a problem that occurs, the device would be...

MedTech Memoirs: Contraceptive Devices

June 3, 2015 3:54 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Ah, humans, once we realized that sexual intercourse leads to pregnancy, we’ve been discovering innovative ways to keep pregnancy from happening. Prior to more modern contraceptive methods (and in this case, “modern” refers to about 3,000 B.C...

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Zap Your Tongue, and Fix Your Brain!

June 3, 2015 11:10 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Ximedica | Blogs | Comments

The Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator, known as PoNS, aptly named after a section of the brainstem, is the latest evolution of the “Tongue display unit” meant to communicate sensory information to the brain through the tongue. PoNS came to be when a researcher...

9 Tips for Anodizing Medical Devices

June 3, 2015 10:34 am | by Dana Trousil, Mechanical Engineer, StarFish Medical | Blogs | Comments

Anodizing creates a durable coating that can be great for medical device parts. If aesthetics matter, it’s important to consider the inputs into anodizing. Aluminum naturally reacts with air to form an aluminum oxide on surfaces. Aluminum oxide...

Is this the Changing Face of MedTech R&D?

June 2, 2015 2:19 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

About two weeks ago, news broke of Philips’ alliance with MIT. With a $25 million investment in the research alliance over the next five years (not to mention Philips moving its R&D headquarters to Cambridge), the company will look to support...

Reality Check: Wearables Impact on the Medical Device Industry

June 2, 2015 10:35 am | by Bill Betten, VP of Business Solutions, Logic PD | Blogs | Comments

Wearable technology has been on a rapid growth curve over the last few years, with some projections suggesting that the revenue will increase from $14 Billion in 2014 to $70 Billion by 2025. Wearables are appearing in a variety of applications...

Photos of the Day: Microendoscope Could Eliminate Unneeded Biopsies

June 2, 2015 9:52 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

In a clinical study of patients in the United States and China, researchers found that a low-cost, portable, battery-powered microendoscope developed by Rice University bioengineers could eventually eliminate the need for costly biopsies for...

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Photos of the Day: Blood Glucose Monitoring - without Drawing Blood

June 1, 2015 3:29 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

A startup company based on technology invented at Duke University is working to make blood glucose measurement as easy as exhalation — and end the need to draw blood. The idea is the brainchild of Ryan McCormick, a recent PhD graduate from Duke’s...

New Textile Fights Infection, in Style

June 1, 2015 3:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Revl contains a moisture barrier and antimicrobial integrated into the fabric, is able to resist most hospital cleaners, all while maintaining an aesthetic attractiveness. Hardy Sullivan took the time to talk with me about Revl’s development...

Additive Manufacturing for Medical: It’s Already Here

June 1, 2015 10:42 am | by Mitch Free, CEO, CloudDDM | Articles | Comments

3D printing, perhaps as much as gene therapy and bioengineering, has tremendous potential for transforming the medical industry and how we think about medicine. In just the past two years articles and interviews about how additive technology...

Making an HAI Defense a Competitive Advantage

May 29, 2015 11:16 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare-associated infections are a huge concern in today’s hospital environments. Well, of course, they’ve always been a concern. But now that healthcare facilities aren’t being reimbursed for medical treatments required due to HAIs...

Designing for the End-User: Human Factors Engineering

May 29, 2015 10:57 am | by Myles Whiting, Design Team Leader, Product Design; Gareth Walker, Human Factors Specialist; Owen Mumford | Articles | Comments

Advances in today’s pharmaceutical market constantly impact the way medical equipment is both designed and used. For example, the increased use of higher viscosity drugs, fuels a requirement for large volume injectors. This places greater emphasis...

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How 3D Scanning Is Creating an Invaluable Experience for Medical Trainees

May 29, 2015 10:41 am | by Andrei Vakulenko, VP Business Development, Artec 3D | Blogs | Comments

The use of 3D scanned and printed anatomical parts allows students to learn and, more importantly, make mistakes while putting what they learn in the classroom into practice. These models provide a quick, easy and cost-effective option to cadavers...

MedTech-Enabled Transparency Will Enhance Healthcare

May 28, 2015 3:35 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Insight Product Development | Blogs | Comments

In the 15 years I’ve spent in this industry, the single most significant change I’ve seen is the evolution of technology that has ultimately enabled transparency. Not only are you seeing a technology convergence, but also care model convergence...

Can ‘Do It Yourself’ MedTech Inspire Innovation?

May 28, 2015 11:56 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The problem is that while many of these makers developing technologies in their garages and basements were technically savvy, they were not overly familiar with critical areas such as biocompatibility, powering implants, or similar factors...

Treating Cancer Patients with 'Musical Gene Therapy'

May 28, 2015 10:55 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | News | Comments

Nolan Gasser, Pandora’s chief musicologist, has focused on creating customized streams of music to fit users’ preferences. Now, he’s using what he learned from Pandora’s Music Genome project to help treat the suffering of cancer patients. Talk about DNA composition!

Consider the Diverse Group of Connected Device Users

May 28, 2015 8:38 am | by Ed Geiselhart, Director of Innovation & User Experience, Insight Product Development | Blogs | Comments

Given the number of stakeholders with unique interests and needs surrounding connected medical devices, the greatest challenge in developing these devices is ensuring that you have properly defined stakeholders. The most successful connected...

MedTech Memoirs: Skin Transplants

May 27, 2015 2:35 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Skin transplantation goes all the way back to ancient India, circa 3,000-2,500 B.C. Sanskrit documents describe skin grafting techniques used by the Hindue Koomas (a caste of potters and tilemakers) to repair noses with buttock skin...

Hackers Will Try to Penetrate Connected Devices

May 27, 2015 8:41 am | by Alan Grau, President, Icon Labs | Blogs | Comments

The inherent insecurity of many medical devices was highlighted in a recent FDA and Homeland Security alert. Over 300 devices have been identified that utilize a hard code password creating a huge security loophole. This is akin to putting a safe...

Zapping Cancer with Microwaves

May 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Videos | Comments

An alternative to the typically highly invasive surgery to remove tumor cells, Neuwave's technology employs microwaves to kill cancer cells. Its most prominent device, the Certus 140 Microwave Ablation System, uses a thin, flexible probe...

5 Questions to Help Navigate Intellectual Property

May 26, 2015 11:09 am | by Ticora E. Davis, Esq., Intellectual Property Analyst, Edison Nation Medical | Blogs | Comments

Whether you work full-time developing new healthcare advances or are simply a person with a fresh, new perspective on how to deliver better patient care, conceptualizing an innovative healthcare solution is an exciting first step in the journey to...

Infographic: 8 Pieces of Medical Technology that Improved Patient Care Outcomes

May 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Modular Devices Inc. | News | Comments

As part of Heart Disease Awareness Month this past February, we made a list of amazing advancements in medical technology since the 1950's. It's hard to believe the impact these advancements have made and where some of them began, for instance...

Figure Out How to Open Centralized Data Stores

May 26, 2015 8:40 am | by Charlie Berg, VP of Engineering, LiveData | Blogs | Comments

The medical device industry has moved a long way towards providing individual devices that impact patient safety, resource utilization, and improving visibility into operational aspects of delivering care. However, the next step of integrating...

Photos of the Day: My 3D-Printed Mini-Me

May 22, 2015 2:20 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Artec's Shapify Booth takes a full body scan in 12 seconds, producing a 3D image, then printing them into "Shapies," or small figurines. I had to test out the scanner and get a Shapie for myself - I present to you my 3D-printed mini-me!

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