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Photos of the Day: Patient Monitoring via Google Glass

October 3, 2013 2:18 pm | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips and Accenture today announced the creation of a proof-of-concept demonstration that uses a Google Glass head-mounted display for researching ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of performing surgical procedures. The demonstration connects Google Glass to Philips IntelliVue Solutions...

Photo of the Day: ‘Eying’ Disease

October 2, 2013 12:32 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

For hundreds of years, optical devices like telescopes and microscopes have relied on solid lenses that slide up and down to magnify and to focus. To tune how much light is received, conventional devices use mechanical contraptions like the blades that form the adjustable aperture in cameras.

Photos of the Day: Accelerator on a Chip

October 1, 2013 1:20 pm | News | Comments

In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.

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Photos of the Day: Funding Regeneration

September 30, 2013 11:47 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Implants made of biocompatible material will help heal soldiers wounded in the battlefield and civilians as well through research at Rice University and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The implants hold open a space for a more permanent repair.

Is Tape Encryption the Answer for Data Security?

September 27, 2013 4:22 pm | by Laura Loredo, Product Marketing Manager, Nearline Storage, Hewlett Packard; Craig Butler, Senior Program Manager, Data Protection and Retention Systems, IBM; and Yan Yan Liang, Segment Marketing Manager, Quantum Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Medical professionals can agree that protecting patient information is one of their top priorities. Patients put a lot of trust into their healthcare providers to maintain that their information is never lost or stolen, and providers are subject to rigorous standards, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Photos of the Day: Affordable Blood Flow Imaging

September 27, 2013 11:48 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Blood flow is routinely measured in the clinic, and laser speckle contrast imaging is one way of measuring these changes; however, this technique requires professional-grade imaging equipment, which limits its use. Now, using $90 worth of off-the-shelf commercial parts including a webcam and a laser pointer, researchers have duplicated the performance of expensive, scientific-grade LSCI instruments at a fraction of the cost.

Photos of the Day: Building a 'Body'

September 26, 2013 3:18 pm | by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center | News | Comments

Whether it's the Ebola virus or Sarin and Ricin, a key to responding to chemical or biological attacks is having effective antidotes at the ready. To accelerate the development of new therapies, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine is leading a unique $24 million federally funded project to develop a "body on a chip" that will be used to develop these countermeasures.

The Pulse: Self-Healing Polymer for Wound Care

September 26, 2013 10:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we're treating wounds with a self-healing polymer, implanting a cure for sleep apnea, printing objects in 3D for the blind, and monitoring vital signs with a shirt. This episode feature: Scientists have created the world's first self-healing polymer that can repair itself without any intervention, offering potential applications in wound care.

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Device Makers: Custodians of Patient Data

September 25, 2013 3:04 pm | by Charles Murphy, Vice President, Cloud Operations, Pilgrim Software | Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Blogs | Comments

The key to protecting PHI data is education, execution, and continuous verification. The first thing is to understand your obligation as a custodian of this sensitive data. This is best done through formal HIPAA/HIPAA-HITECH training to understand the regulation.

Photos of the Day: Sensor Skin from Nanotubes

September 25, 2013 11:17 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are showing the way toward low-cost, industrial-scale manufacturing of a new family of electronic devices. A leading example is a gas sensor that could be integrated into food packaging to gauge freshness, or into compact wireless air-quality monitors.

Determining Marginal Improvement in Innovation

September 25, 2013 10:23 am | by Keith Calvert, Director, CMNA Engineering Administration, The Tech Group | The Tech Group, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Research and development is the cornerstone of growth in the medical device industry. R&D funding is available; however, the issue isn’t availability as much as availability for marginal improvement. The question to ask is, “Will a marginal improvement reduce costs for the patient and caregiver?”

Photo of the Day: Mind over Prosthetics

September 23, 2013 11:45 am | by NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers from NC State and the University of Houston (UH) are hoping to solve the “disconnect” between the mind’s signals and the response (or lack thereof) from a prosthetic device with a new four-year, $1.2 million collaborative project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Innovation Will Come via Investment

September 20, 2013 1:59 pm | by James H. Bleck, President/CEO, Bleck Design Group | Bleck Design Group | Blogs | Comments

We see funding for new medical devices driven by private investment from individuals or private companies. These bold investors are capable of quick decisions as they meter the funding to match progress and discover the real market opportunity.  

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Photo of the Day: Helping the Blind to 'See' the Way...Everywhere

September 20, 2013 12:15 pm | by Draper Laboratory | News | Comments

Navigation devices used by blind people today lack the ability to operate indoors and other areas where GPS is not available, and are unable to help the user deal with items that aren’t part of maps, such as crowds and cars. Auburn University is building a prototype device...

Photo of the Day: Going 'Bug-Eyed' for Surgery

September 19, 2013 11:16 am | by The Ohio State University | News | Comments

A lens invented at The Ohio State University combines the focusing ability of a human eye with the wide-angle view of an insect eye to capture images with depth. The results could offer surgical imaging that enables doctors to see inside the human body like never before.

Partnerships Can Keep Medical Innovation Alive

September 18, 2013 12:21 pm | by Greg Thompson, VP of Engineering, Sanmina Medical Division | Blogs | Comments

The financial pressures medical device OEMs are facing are very real. They’re experiencing reduced reimbursements from the government and insurance companies, increased taxes, and global competition. As a result, new business models are evolving to ensure new product innovation is not stifled and, most importantly, patient safety is not compromised.

Innovation Impacted for Start-Ups

September 17, 2013 4:02 pm | by Randolph J Sablich, President and CEO, Metrigraphics, LLC | Metrigraphics, LLC | Blogs | Comments

While Metrigraphics LLC certainly does not speak for the medical device OEM industry, as a custom contract manufacturer of leading edge micro components, we certainly feel the impacts of various external elements on the ebb and flow of R&D and innovation activities of the OEMs.

Addressing Financial Pressures in Device Development

September 16, 2013 3:10 pm | by James Schultz, Research and Development Engineer, Plastics One | Plastics One, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

As OEM’s streamline to meet financial pressures, top level designs will be emphasized but second and third level particulars will adhere more closely to a suppliers understanding of their present capability. The particulars are under a fine balancing act and vision outside will require a thorough knowledge, down to the step-by-step production process to lean out waste.

The Pulse: Robots Remove Brain Tumors

September 12, 2013 10:12 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we’re removing brain tumors with robots, using MetaboShield to help obesity, regenerating heart tissue, and pairing glucometers with smartphones for ease of use.      

Packaging Provides Initial Dataset Necessary for Patient Confidentiality

August 28, 2013 3:49 pm | by Tom Egan, Vice President, Industry Services, PMMI | Blogs | Comments

Making sure patient information is secure begins with coding on the package. No matter to whom the medical device is targeted—for a specific patient, hospital, or doctor—the coding placed on the package is the first part of the data set used to track the device.

Security for EHRs

August 28, 2013 3:32 pm | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions, Southco | Southco | Blogs | Comments

While the adoption of electronic health records helps healthcare facilities streamline data collection and retention, it also presents challenges when it comes to security. Traditional paper file storage in healthcare facilities is being replaced by computers and portable electronic devices that are often more exposed to threats.

Your Data Is Only as Secure as Your Device

August 28, 2013 3:24 pm | by Alan Grau, CEO, 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. With so many medical devices now collecting and storing patient data, this raises the question of how secure is the data stored on these devices?

The Pulse: Growing Human Body Parts

August 22, 2013 10:36 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we are regenerating limbs, building better brain implants, engineering 3D tissue, and measuring consciousness.               

Material Suppliers Assist in Fight Against HAIs

August 12, 2013 4:02 pm | by Kathy S. Tucker, North America Application Development Leader, Styron LLC | Blogs | Comments

When it comes to HAIs, material suppliers are assisting device makers in a several ways. First, we’re developing materials with properties to withstand the aggressive cleaners needed to reduce bacteria and fight the spread of infectious diseases. 

The Pulse: MRI-Safe Stimulator Implanted

August 8, 2013 10:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Welcome to the Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV. Today, we're implanting an MRI-safe spinal cord stimulator, sorting blood with a microchip, building robots out of biocompatible hydrogel, and making hydrogel move with light.           

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