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Medical Device Industry Slowed Slightly in 2014

February 9, 2015 11:51 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Things are leveling out for the medical device industry, with preliminary 2014 data showing subdued sales growth. The 2015 Global Medical Device Industry Outlook survey by consulting firm Emergo collected responses from 5,400 participants...

$15,000 Prize Offered for Treatment Incentive

February 9, 2015 9:33 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Whole You Inc., a Mitsui Chemicals company, will pay $15,000 for ideas about how oral and visual caregivers can help patients help themselves. The winner from each challenge (www.innocentive.com/pavilion/wholeyou), one of which calls for...

Adaptability and a Highly Skilled Engineering and Production Team are Crucial

February 9, 2015 8:30 am | by Perry Sainati, President, Belden Universal | Blogs | Comments

As adaptive technologies enabling patient mobility and portable care are reaching new heights in sophistication and automation, OEMs rightfully expect similarly high levels of performance and quality from their suppliers. For Belden as a...

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Smaller, More Portable Home Medical Equipment

February 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Robert Kim, Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

There is a growing demand for smaller, lighter and more portable home healthcare equipment. For example, smaller respirators, infusion pumps, and vital sign monitors are being designed for home use to improve patient quality of life and reduce...

7 Lifesaving Facts About Artificial Hearts

February 7, 2015 8:30 am | by SynCardia Systems, Inc. | News | Comments

For patients suffering from end-stage biventricular (both sides) heart failure, a donor heart transplant is the standard of care. However, not all patients waiting for a donor heart will have one available to them when they need it to save their...

Save Money by Avoiding Multiple Failures During Evaluation

February 7, 2015 8:30 am | by Ajay Sankhla, Senior Engineering Consultant, Intertek | Blogs | Comments

The adoption of new and expanded payment and delivery models is spurring demand for home healthcare growth. But navigating the required patient and user safety standards that these technologies require is different than traditional clinical...

Photos of the Day: Using 3-D Printers to Give Kids a Hand

February 6, 2015 12:28 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Rice University bioengineering students, staff and faculty teamed up with Marvel Universe LIVE! and Houston’s Shriners Hospitals for Children this week to offer both a free mechanical hand and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to the families of...

Handheld Wand Reduces Headaches and Stress

February 6, 2015 10:22 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

This crowdfunded, handheld wand purports to reduce headaches and stress. The Headdoc, developed by Kencap Medical Solutions, has raised $3,223 out of its $10,000 goal on Indiegogo as of Feb. 5. The device, designed over two years by Kencap...

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Hospital Equipment ‘Talks’ Among Itself at Connectathon

February 6, 2015 10:09 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Medical device companies are teaming up to provide hospital equipment that lets doctors know when devices are alarmed, or where to find them if they’re lost. One of those companies is EQ2 LLC, creator of a computerized workflow system that...

Ensuring Data Security and Best Practices for Home Healthcare

February 6, 2015 9:30 am | by Delmar Howard, mHealth Program Manager, Intertek | Blogs | Comments

Data security and patient privacy are top issues facing every medical device company operating in the mHealth landscape. Even with FDA’s recent Guidance on Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices, OEMS struggle with the necessary...  

MIT Bioengineer Wins $1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize

February 6, 2015 8:51 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

MIT bioengineer Dr. Robert Langer has been awarded the $1 million Queen Elizabeth Engineering Prize for his pioneering work on drug-release systems. Although he was announced as the winner on Feb. 3, Langer will not receive the award...

Maintaining a Laser Focus on the Medical Device Industry

February 6, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

New processes for conceptualization, design, production, and even collaboration, will yield all new medical devices. It will continue to be that each progressing year, and certainly each half century, reveals new innovations. As our exposure in medical R&D...

4 Important Security Concerns for Medical Devices

February 6, 2015 8:30 am | by Alan Grau, President, Icon Labs | Blogs | Comments

To meet FDA Guidelines for cyber security, medical device manufacturers need to design security into the device itself. Leveraging ecosystem partners with security expertise allows medical device OEMs to focus on their strengths while building...

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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...

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...

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...

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