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Monitoring Wellness, Wirelessly

January 28, 2015 9:34 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Imagine someone telling you they had just received a text from their pacemaker. Researchers have outlined a system of “intelligent medical implants” that could enable remote monitoring of the inner workings of the body. Operated remotely...

2015 Will Require Implementation of Thorough Security Programs

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Michael McNeil, Product Security & Services Officer, Philips Healthcare | Blogs | Comments

In April of 2014, Wired Magazine made the rattling proclamation that “it’s insanely easy to hack hospital equipment,” citing cybersecurity researcher Scott Erven’s two years of medical device vulnerability investigations and the many ways in...

Photos of the Day: Smart Fabric Measures All Aspects of Physicality

January 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

According to one innovator, smart fabric is posed to become the future of clothing everywhere. Keith McMillen has been a leader in the music technology industry for almost 30 years; however, his new goal is to integrate smart technology into everyday...

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Detecting Ebola with Infrared Light

January 27, 2015 2:30 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The Caregiver thermometer was developed by Sanomedics with “TouchFree” – infrared – technology. Since it received FDA certification and became available for purchase in 2012, it has gone around the world to airports that see traffic from...

3D Printing Gives the Children a Helping Hand

January 27, 2015 2:18 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

On a freezing, snow-blanketed day like this (the Northeast US was recently slammed by a nor’easter) I decided to ease the chill on both the local readers and myself with some heartwarming medtech innovation. You may have heard mention of...

Photos of the Day: Will Digital Pathology Retire the Microscope?

January 27, 2015 10:15 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three years ago, Ian Cree, professor of pathology at Warwick Medical School in Coventry, UK and his team started testing a machine that allows them to digitally scan images of tissue slides and patient histories, attach matching barcodes and upload...

How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 27, 2015 9:01 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Basketball drills, passing fads, and how to trick a fitness tracker – fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise...

Next-Gen Home-Use Products Require Small, High-Performing Sensors

January 27, 2015 8:47 am | by Rob Kim, Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

Medical equipment, driven by patient convenience and cost reduction, is moving from the hospital to the home. In addition, typical home-use products, like CPAP machines are becoming smaller and more sophisticated. In a hospital or clinical...

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Getting Inside: Implantables and Technologies that Deliver Them

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Ximedica, Interface Catheter Solutions, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Articles | Comments

There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space. Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there...

Finding Some "Sense" in 2015

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Walt Maclay, President, Voler Systems | Blogs | Comments

During 2015, sensors will continue to be a driving force for innovative medical devices. We will see advances in chemical sensors, especially "lab on a chip," and paper-based sensors. Driven by faster analysis time and extremely small fluid...

This Neurostimulator Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 11:11 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the...

How Needs Characterization Helps OEMs Win the Wearables Race

January 26, 2015 10:46 am | by Steve McPhilliamy, Partner and Director of Design, Insight Product Development | Insight Product Development | Articles | Comments

The medtech wearables space is an incredibly exciting example of healthcare innovation that’s moving directly into the hands of patients. However, due to a lack of a comprehensive design period for many devices, high abandon rates among... 

Using Your Thoughts to Control Wireless Devices

January 26, 2015 10:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

British company Flexctrl Ltd. is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity. The indiegogo campaign, which began on Dec. 23, has raised £741 ($1,112) out of its £125,000 ($187,000) goal as of...

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The Future Is Here…Finally

January 23, 2015 1:50 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

As far as actually looking ahead when it comes to 3D printing, I foresee the need for a fundamental shift in the way medical device makers offer some types of medical technologies. Rather than buying a finished product from a manufacturer or distributor...

Creating a Smarter Connection between Man and Machine

January 23, 2015 1:12 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | SurModics, Inc. | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization...

The Brave New World of Medical Device Technology

January 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Insight Product Development | Blogs | Comments

As a devout sci-fi fan, I will also say that remote digital health may become truly transparent. Permanently implanted sensors, potentially even in utero, or nanotechnology that is transferred from generation to generation as part of our cells and DNA...

Cyber Security Challenges for Personal Medical Devices

January 22, 2015 4:22 pm | by Greg Shannon, PhD, Chair, IEEE Cybersecurity Initiative, and Chief Scientist, CERT Division, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute | Blogs | Comments

Personal medical devices (PMDs) governed by software, identified by an Internet Protocol (IP) address and connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) present a myriad of challenges. Certainly cyber security of the device and its personally...

Microsoft Creates Wearable Star Trek Holodeck

January 22, 2015 3:32 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, earlier this week Microsoft unveiled their latest peripheral gadget to accompany Windows 10, the HoloLens. Star Trek fans in particular will enjoy the “holodeck” style augmented reality the goggles produce – rather...

How to Leverage Materials as a Competitive Advantage

January 22, 2015 10:14 am | by Crystal Humphreys, Global Market Segment Manager, Vancive Medical Technologies | Vancive Medical Technologies™ | Articles | Comments

Materials are the building blocks for every type of medical device. Maintaining a supply base that has a firm handle on new innovations in this space will provide any medical device manufacturer with a solid competitive advantage. This article...

Designing a Smarter Trial, Earlier

January 21, 2015 1:58 pm | by Vicki Anastasi, VP and Global Head of Medical Device and Diagnostics Research, ICON | Blogs | Comments

Increased regulatory and reimbursement burden has made development timelines longer than ever. As regulators and payers demand more evidence to demonstrate safety, efficacy, and value, manufacturers must design smarter trials that collect...

Man Leaves Hospital with Bioprosthetic Heart

January 21, 2015 11:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A man equipped with the lightest and most advanced total artificial heart in the world was released from Nantes University Hospital earlier this year and has returned home, said Carmat, the designer and developer of the electric heart. The...

Nitrogen Dioxide Sterilization Expands the Designer's Toolbox

January 21, 2015 11:26 am | by Evan Goulet, Director, Sterilization Operations, Noxilizer, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Sterilization is a necessary process for virtually every type of medical device. Therefore, it is critical for designers to be mindful of how materials will interact with a given process, at what stage the sterilization will be best implemented...

Making Wearables Effective Is Going to Be a Group Effort

January 20, 2015 4:14 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Americans are constantly looking for new methods to drop undesirable weight. Last week, MDT’s Sean Fenske discussed a recently-approved implantable device that helps to control your appetite, by way of vagus nerve stimulation. As he points...

Photos of the Day: The 15 Biggest Innovations in Health Tech

January 20, 2015 9:40 am | by 10zig Technology | News | Comments

VMware Horizon TM 6 (with view) allows healthcare organizations the ability to deliver virtualized and remote Windows desktops and applications through a single platform in their workforce. Release Date June 2014 (Formally VMware View and...

3D Printing for Surgery Practice

January 16, 2015 3:39 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D printing is starting to sound a lot like alchemy - countless objects from cars to guitars to food are being printed, with new printouts occurring all the time. It seems like manufacturing companies are looking at everyday items, turning...

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