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App Lets Anyone See for the Blind

February 2, 2015 11:16 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

This nonprofit crowdsources sight for the blind. With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or...

Roche and Qualcomm Collaborate to Innovate Remote Patient Monitoring

February 1, 2015 8:30 am | by Roche | News | Comments

Roche and Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that Qualcomm’s subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc., and Roche, a world leader in point-of-care diagnostics, have entered into a strategic collaboration to improve remote monitoring and management...

2015 Will Produce Innovative, Cost Effective Cardiovascular Technology

February 1, 2015 8:30 am | by Dr. Mark Carlson, Chief Medical Officer, St. Jude Medical | Blogs | Comments

This year has been a dynamic year as the medical device sector continues to adapt to the changing healthcare environment. As an industry, we are called to develop innovative solutions that address prevalent, devastating, and costly conditions...

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring Market Surging

January 31, 2015 8:30 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report on continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), the total CGM market is forecast to reach a value of at least $783.9 million by 2019. This is due to the increasing acceptance of clinical trials showing the...

'Bending' Acoustic and Elastic Waves for Medical Applications

January 30, 2015 3:28 pm | by University of Missouri | News | Comments

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered “elastic” waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent...

Mayo Clinic Expert Explains Telemedicine Benefits and Policy Changes

January 30, 2015 10:21 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

If you haven’t already experienced telemedicine, you may soon have the option. Technology is helping people connect with their physicians in new ways and from a distance, and interest is growing in updating state and federal policies to help...

3D Printing Stands to Change the Face of Healthcare

January 30, 2015 8:26 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The most exciting aspects of the medical device industry for me is focused in two parts. First, the future potential of 3D printing in the medtech sector continues to excite. The apparent ease of using 3D printing to produce unique-patient implants...

Making Science Fiction a Reality: 3 Medical Devices Straight from Star Trek

January 29, 2015 3:56 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While we haven’t quite been able to achieve light-speed travel or teleportation just yet, science fiction has forecasted a number of technologies that are anything but fiction. Star Trek in particular offered surprising insight into technological...

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Ultrasound Platform for Real-Time Treatment Monitoring

January 29, 2015 9:52 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

The range of uses for ultrasound is gigantic; the applied technologies are just as diverse. Researchers are now covering a wide range of applications with a new modular system: From sonar systems to medical ultrasound technologies and all the...

Program Analyzes "Selfies" to Monitor Mental Health

January 29, 2015 9:27 am | by University of Rochester | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed an innovative approach to turn any computer or smartphone with a camera into a personal mental health monitoring device. In a paper to be presented this week at the American Association...

Fitness Trackers, Other Wearables Not Subject to Regulatory Scrutiny

January 29, 2015 8:38 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) device division has unveiled new draft guidance in which it reiterates that it does not intend to regulate low-risk general wellness products. The agency also tells manufacturers how they can...

Speeding Up Diagnosis and Embracing Telehealth in 2015

January 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Dan Piekarz, Vice President of Business Development, Life Sciences, DataArt. | Blogs | Comments

Technology implemented well is greatly increasing our ability to understand the human body and how to care for it. In 2015, next generation genetic sequencing techniques will be revolutionizing diagnosis of infectious disease, but the FDA's...

Pacemakers with Internet Connection May Arrive Soon

January 28, 2015 11:18 am | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

The healthcare sector is not escaping from the revolution in information and communications technologies. Thanks to the latest advances in microelectronics and communications technologies, it is not difficult to imagine a future with medical...

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Defining Impact: Creating Designs That Are Up to Standard

January 28, 2015 10:04 am | by Christian Defeo, eSupplier Manager, Newark element14 | Blogs | Comments

element14’s Sudden Impact challenge continues on, and the competitors are targeting different sports and designing a myriad of devices. Part of the challenge is to create solutions that align with the scientific and health communities...

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...

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...

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...

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... 

Practicing Nursing Care in a Virtual World

January 26, 2015 9:20 am | by The Norwegian University of Science and Technology | News | Comments

Oculus Rift, a gaming headset, can help teach nurses how to communicate better, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found. While Facebook wants to make the world’s best online games using the Oculus Rift...

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...

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...

Sparton Acquires Real-Time Enterprises, Inc.

January 22, 2015 4:03 pm | by Sparton | News | Comments

Sparton Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sparton Design Services, LLC completed the acquisition of Real-Time Enterprises, Inc., a $4 million revenue business, on January 20, 2015 in an all-cash transaction. RTEmd will...

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...

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...

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