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The Next Wearable Fitness Monitor, Actual Clothing

February 5, 2015 3:08 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Wearable fitness trackers are proliferating like crazy – it seems like every big name tech company is jumping on the bandwagon to develop their own fitness tracking device. I’ve already offered my insight into the fitness tracking fad... 

The Elusive Search for Funding Continues into 2015

February 5, 2015 10:24 am | by Emily L. Cross, Ph.D. Director of Media and Communications, TecMed, Inc | Blogs | Comments

Leadership guru Peter Drucker is famously quoted as saying, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” This is a powerful statement to the new, or experienced, entrepreneur who strives to change the face of the world, or at least a fragment...

Drone Surgery and HoloLens: Hello 2015

February 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Research Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In 2001 the medical world got its first real taste of remote robotic surgery when operating surgeons in New York performed a gallbladder removal procedure on a patient in France. A three armed robot was at their disposal, and the surgery was a...

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Let's Not Make 'Precision Medicine' an IT Horror

February 4, 2015 3:49 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

About two weeks ago, during his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled the initiative (with a $215 million budget) to fund “Precision Medicine”. He didn’t go into a huge amount of detail explaining it, but put simply...   

KFx Medical Defends Patent for Reconstructive Surgery Procedure

February 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

KFx Medical won a $35 million patent infringement case against Arthrex Inc. regarding three patents related to a procedure for anchoring soft tissue to bone in reconstructive surgery. KFx first filed a complaint against Arthrex in August of...

Obama Supports Tailored Approach to Medicine

February 4, 2015 12:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

When people get blood transfusions, the blood is matched to their precise type. People who need glasses are given a prescription, not a generic pair. President Barack Obama has included in the 2016 federal budget $215 million to focus on Precision...

3 Awards for Medical Devices Developed for Children

February 4, 2015 10:39 am | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) announces its first three awards to companies developing new medical devices for children. Funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and based at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia...

3 Likely Trends in MedTech in 2015

February 4, 2015 10:30 am | by John Smith, Partner, Hogan Lovells | Blogs | Comments

FDA’s premarket data requirements continue to increase, with a broader range of devices subject to clinical data requirements and expectations for pre-clinical data continuing to increase. The result has been a significant increase in the regulatory...

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3 'Coopetition' Trends for Healthcare in 2015

February 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Neil Smiley, Founder and CEO, Loopback Analytics | Blogs | Comments

The healthcare industry is shifting toward fee-for-value payment models based on outcomes. For fee-for-value to reach its full potential, healthcare providers need to develop systems that span the full continuum of care. In 2015, I foresee three...

Heart Simulation to Spur Innovation

February 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Steve Levine, Chief Strategy Officer, Dassault Systèmes | Articles | Comments

Simulation is something with which many people are familiar, whether from video games, occupational training, or movies. However, it’s not often thought of as being involved with the development of medical device technology. A collaborative...

A Day in the Life of a Medical Device Testing Technician

February 3, 2015 3:57 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Last week, I was invited to attend the ECRI Institute's 2015 C-Suite Watch List Media Event. It was an interesting look at what's going on at one of the country's only independent organizations that tests and evaluates medical device technology...

Photos of the Day: Visiting the 'Consumer Reports' of MedTech

February 3, 2015 2:29 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the ECRI Institute's 2015 C-Suite Watch List Media Event. It was a great "introduction" to the medical device testing organization (I was already somewhat familiar with them, but this was my first time at their...

Lab Rats? No, Lab Chips

February 3, 2015 12:27 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

One small chip may put an end to animal testing by letting researchers gain realistic test results from a fusion of microcircuits and cell samples. The “mini-organism” housed inside a chip was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material...

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January/February 2015 Digital Edition

February 3, 2015 12:21 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

 

Using Next-Generation Design Tools and Telling the FDA About It

February 3, 2015 11:17 am | by Arvind Ananthan, Medical Devices Industry Manager, MathWorks | Articles | Comments

Regulators and companies are in a constant tug of war, causing innovation in the medical device industry to be stifled. On one end, companies are feeling the effects of strong market pressure and customer demands to innovate only to run up...

Further UDI and MedWatch Regulation in 2015

February 3, 2015 8:49 am | by Deb Kacera, Regulatory & Industry Strategist, Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Blogs | Comments

In 2015, the medical device industry will be focused on meeting the regulations that support the speed and quality of capturing electronic information and the efficiency of sharing information. While 2014 saw the initiation of the Unique Device...

Portable Batteries, Far East Presence, and Antimicrobial Polymers in 2015

February 3, 2015 8:43 am | by Rob Phillips, Managing Director, Accutronics Ltd. | Blogs | Comments

Medical technology is one of the world’s fastest growing industries. We are excited at Accutronics to have launched our latest smart-battery range at COMPAMED, the international trade show. We are looking forward to some great innovations in...

3 IVD Trends to Keep an Eye On In 2015

February 2, 2015 4:35 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Kalorama Information says LDT regulation, new markets, and better sequencing tools are among the trends to watch in 2015. The healthcare market research firm specializes in in vitro diagnostic market forecasts and trends and said that 2015 may...

Achieving Super Bowl Dreams with Prosthetics

February 2, 2015 3:34 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Now that I’ve thrown away the last of my garbage bags filled with chicken bones, empty bags of chips, and pizza boxes from last night, I can finally speak about something equally as exciting as the Super Bowl. (I won’t say too much about my personal...

Photos of the Day: Protecting Football Players from Brain Injury

February 2, 2015 12:40 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE, the NFL, the sports performance brand Under Armour, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have launched a new open innovation challenge seeking to protect athletes, soldiers and workers in dangerous jobs from traumatic...

App Lets Anyone See for the Blind

February 2, 2015 11:16 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

This nonprofit crowdsources sight for the blind. With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or...

2015 Will Produce Innovative, Cost Effective Cardiovascular Technology

February 1, 2015 8:30 am | by Dr. Mark Carlson, Chief Medical Officer, St. Jude Medical | Blogs | Comments

This year has been a dynamic year as the medical device sector continues to adapt to the changing healthcare environment. As an industry, we are called to develop innovative solutions that address prevalent, devastating, and costly conditions...

Better Control with Flexible Heating Technology in 2015

January 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Sam Pelonis, President, Pelonis Technologies Inc. | Pelonis Technologies, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Heating technology will continue to become more precise in the New Year. The introduction of heating solutions such as the ultra-thin flexible heater — a product Pelonis Technologies introduced in late 2014. What makes the ultra-thin flexible...

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 | XP Power | Articles | Comments

IEC 60601 is the generally accepted standard for medical electrical and electronic equipment, required for the commercialization of this type of equipment in many countries. To guard against electric shock, the specification defines maximum

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