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Making an Impact…and Being Awarded for It

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Joining a number of other new categories for the 2014/2015 competition, the “Medical Device Design Innovation” award will strive to recognize “the exceptional new technologies and cutting-edge designs changing the face of medtech.” While that’s...

How this Biomedical Engineer Landed Her Dream Job

January 13, 2015 4:32 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

Becoming a doctor was always an interest of mine. When I learned about biomedical engineering and the behind-the-scenes work of medicine, I knew I wanted to continue in that path. I wanted to be able to design and implement medical devices and...

The Pet Peeve of Assisted Animal Mobility, Solved with Legos

January 13, 2015 4:08 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There are plenty of options for someone with mobility issues – wheelchairs, canes, walkers, and prostheses exist to help people keep in step. The ability to move forward independently is often taken for granted – but ask anyone who has gone...

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Securing the Medical Supply Chain: How to Prevent Counterfeit Plastic Parts and Products

January 13, 2015 9:00 am | by Plastics Color Corp. | Articles | Comments

While counterfeiting statistics are difficult to obtain because it is a “clandestine” industry, one thing everyone can agree on is that counterfeiting is big business. As the world has grown smaller and the supply chains for major corporations...

This Toothbrush Talks So Your Dentist Doesn't Have To

January 12, 2015 4:38 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes a trip to the dentist really bites – most of us who make our semi-annual visits are met with the hygienist’s disappointed “you need to brush and floss more” after your gums are poked at until they bleed. Even if you do brush at least...

Top 10 Healthcare Technology Issues for 2015

January 12, 2015 12:01 pm | by ECRI Institute | News | Comments

The latest healthcare technologies and care process innovations are pounding on hospital doors and looking through windows—and they want in. Will they actually improve patient care, or inflate hospital budgets for infrastructure, capital...

Photos of the Day: Seeing Bones and Organs in Striking Detail

January 12, 2015 11:15 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Computed Tomography (CT) scanners are often the first imaging technology many patients encounter when doctors suspect serious disease or injury. The machines use a narrow beam of X-rays processed by a computer to create slices of the...

Developing Medical Technology: 5 Ways Women Can Succeed in the Boy's Club

January 12, 2015 8:42 am | by Kathryn Stecco, M.D., Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Panthera MedTech | Blogs | Comments

The gender gap in technology companies has been well documented. While women are counted in higher numbers in areas such as human resources, public relations and administration, in most technology companies they account for fewer than 25%...

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Halting the Epidemic of Ebola Fear

January 9, 2015 4:03 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Since its first reported case in Guinea in March 2014, the Ebola outbreak has spread on an unprecedented level. As of January 6, 2015, over 20,000 cases of the virus have been confirmed. Last year, the disease has left African soil, making landfall...

Inhalable Insulin Devices Offer Diabetics Alternative to Injections

January 9, 2015 8:59 am | by Luis Tissone, Life Sciences Director, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Articles | Comments

Diabetes is a condition that is on the rise. Currently there are 29 million sufferers in the US alone, up from 26 million last year according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics show that one in four people...

Bureaucracy and Regulation Could Have a Negative Impact on Innovation

January 9, 2015 8:20 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I have great concern that as the federal government becomes more involved in healthcare, the stimulus to innovate will be extinguished. For decades, America has led the world in the development of new medical technologies and the profit motive cannot...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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