Human factors engineering, as applied to the design of medical devices, has never been as important as it is today, especially since the release of the U.S. FDA’s draft guidance document Applying Human Factors and Usability Engineering to Optimize Medical Device Design. With the rise of mobile health apps, human factors engineering principles will become even more vital to the success of this industry and to the safety of the patients.
The medical device ecosystem is changing dramatically from stand-alone “device + patient + physician” in the clinical environment to include access and mobility outside the four walls of the hospital. Every medical device manufacturer should consider developing a strategy around how mobile connected health will affect their business models and how they will play in the evolution of the market.
A hybrid transparent and stretchable electrode could open the new way for flexible displays, solar cells, and even electronic devices fitted on a curvature substrate such as soft eye contact lenses, by the UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology) research team.
Measuring blood flow in the brain may be an easy, noninvasive way to predict stroke or hemorrhage in children receiving cardiac or respiratory support through a machine called ECMO, according to a new study by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Early detection would allow physicians to alter treatment and take steps to prevent these complications—the leading cause of death for patients on ECMO.
There are an array of factors that impact the design of medical devices, from available components to healthcare trends. In this Roundtable presentation, participants spoke to the way in which healthcare trends are impacting material development and, as a result, how materials are then impacting medical device design.
The growth in sales of medical technologies is set to outperform prescription medicines over the coming five years. Data from Evaluate Medtech indicates that over the period 2011 to 2018, the overall global compound annual growth rate for the sector will be 4.4%, in contrast to just 2.5% for drug products.
Through innovations to a printing process, researchers have made major improvements to organic electronics – a technology in demand for lightweight, low-cost solar cells, flexible electronic displays and tiny sensors. The printing method is fast and works with a variety of organic materials to produce semiconductors of strikingly higher quality than what has so far been achieved with similar methods.
One of the most interesting things about my position is seeing the changes in one of the most dynamic industries around—the medical device industry (and, in a broader sense, the healthcare industry). In my 13+ years of reporting on this industry, I’ve seen many changes and technological advances. It truly is remarkable to think about how far certain sectors of the industry have come in what is really a very short period of time.
The medical device ecosystem is changing dramatically from stand-alone “device + patient + physician” in the clinical environment to include access and mobility outside the four walls of the hospital. This inforgraphic looks at how connected health can make an impact on the cost of healthcare.
NJIT Distinguished Professor and electrical engineer Atam Dhawan hits the lecture trail again this summer as a distinguished speaker for an IEEE life sciences lecture series. His focus will be how "Point of Care Healthcare" can reduce illness, improve the quality of life, and stop spiraling healthcare costs. Dhawan, who will stop at conferences in Japan, Colombia and Croatia, tells audiences about the following.
Biozoom Reveals Breakthrough Consumer Product For Massive Fitness, Health And Wellness Markets: Handheld, Real Time Biofeedback ScannerMay 30, 2013 3:31 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments
According to the respected management consulting firm, McKinsey, the global health and wellness market will reach $1 trillion before the decade is out, and Biozoom (BIZM) is poised to be a major force in that growth. Biozoom recently unveiled the world's first mobile, hand held biofeedback health scanner, positioning the company to enter this enormous market across a number of segments.
Home healthcare and the use of medical devices outside of the professional healthcare environment are on the rise. Modern medicine allows us to live longer and provides those with chronic diseases the ability to receive medical care at home. Examples of home-use devices are oxygen concentrators, hospital beds, sleep apnea monitors, body-worn nerve and muscle stimulators, and dialysis machines, just to name a few.
Over the past three decades, researchers have found various applications of a method for attaching molecules to gold; the approach uses chemicals called thiols to bind the materials together. But while this technique has led to useful devices for electronics, sensing and nanotechnology, it has limitations. Now, an MIT team has found a new material that could overcome many of these limitations.
Japanese scientists, using a new material that can be molded into complex, highly conductive 3-D structures with features just a few micrometers across, are able to create shapes the size of a typical bacterium. Combined with state-of-the-art micro-sculpting techniques, the new resin holds promise for making customized electrodes for fuel cells or batteries, as well as biosensor interfaces for medical uses.
Uscom (ASX: UCM) Uscom Limited today signed a deed to acquire all assets of Pulsecor Limited. Pulsecor Limited is a New Zealand company which has developed novel non-invasive central blood pressure measurement methods pioneered at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York.
As capacitive sensors integrate more with emerging technology, replacing more traditional buttons, design engineers are able to get rather creative with how they can design them into devices. This article reviews how capacitive sensing can be applied to determine the quality of the contact between a medical device’s surface and the wearer’s skin.
Covidien Nellcor Pulse Oximeters Receive FDA 510(k) Clearance with Labeling for Use in Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart DiseaseMay 28, 2013 12:35 pm | by Covidien | News | Comments
Covidien’s new CCHD labeling was introduced as part of the FDA 510(k)-cleared labeling for motion tolerant Nellcor pulse oximeters. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services added CCHD screening to the Federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel Guidelines.
GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) has introduced MAVRIC SL, a novel magnetic resonance (MR) imaging technique designed to address the growing clinical need to more accurately image soft tissue and bone in patients with MR Conditional-labeled implants, such as joint replacements and other instrumentation.
OrSense Non Invasive Hemoglobin Monitor Shown Safe and Accurate for Pre-Donation Screening in Blood BanksMay 28, 2013 7:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments
OrSense Ltd., developer of monitors for non-invasive measurements of various blood parameters, announced today that its non-invasive Hemoglobin (Hb) NBM-200 monitor was the topic of multiple recent studies highlighting the clinical value of the device.
The remote patient monitoring field is a rapidly growing one given the advantages it offers for home healthcare, remote regions, and elderly care. However, with it comes a long list of considerations and critical issues for designers and engineers to keep in mind. This article offers a “bird’s eye view” of this sector and many of the factors on which to maintain focus.
Professor Brian T. Cunningham and his graduate students demonstrate their development of using a smartphone camera as a high resolution spectrophotometer. Cunningham’s group is now collaborating with other groups across campus at the U. of I. to explore applications for the iPhone biosensor.
Researchers and physicians in the field could soon run on-the-spot tests for environmental toxins, medical diagnostics, food safety and more with their smartphones. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a cradle and app for the iPhone that uses the phone’s built-in camera and processing power as a biosensor to detect toxins, proteins, bacteria, viruses, and other molecules.
As medical devices continue to get smaller in size, the assembly of the internal electronics becomes more critical. “Device Shrinkage Achieved Through Consideration of Assembly Factors,” this month’s cover story, looks at this issue and how working earlier with an outsourcing partner can help.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- iHealth Lab Inc., a pioneer in the design and manufacture of wireless personal healthcare products and a powerful integrated mobile app continues to broaden its reach, announcing the release of two new fitness products to its...
Given Imaging Announces Data Confirming PillCam(R) SB Improves Monitoring and Management of Crohn's DiseaseMay 21, 2013 4:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments
Given Imaging, a world leader in specialty GI products and pioneer of capsule endoscopy, today announced new studies that confirm the value of PillCam SB in diagnosing, monitoring and managing patients with known or suspected Crohn's disease and other conditions of the small bowel.