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The ACA Has Directly Impacted Medical Innovations

December 19, 2014 8:23 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | ODU-USA, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In my opinion, the Affordable Care Act has held back new research and potential technology breakthroughs that could benefit patients worldwide. Within the past year, I have experienced device manufacturers moving their operations overseas due to the...

How Video Game Design Can Effect Change in Health Behavior

December 17, 2014 10:47 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

At TEDMED 2014, Brian Primack, Clinician, Professor, and Researcher at the University of...

Infographic: Outsourcing in the Development of Medical Devices

December 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Eileen Whitmore, Art Director, and Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

MDT sent out a survey to readers focused on their experience with outsourcing in the development...

What Do You Mean You Aren’t Outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

When I started covering this industry more than 15 years ago, using outsourcing service...

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Innovative Technologies for DNA Diagnostics and Health Monitoring

December 15, 2014 11:13 am | by Mina Rais-Zadeh, IEDM 2014 Focus Session Chair, Associate Professor, University of Michigan | Blogs | Comments

Several papers on advanced medical electronics technology will be presented at the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in San Francisco on Dec. 15-17, including bio-MEMS, bio-sensors, and technology for DNA diagnostics and...

Help with Balance for People with Multiple Sclerosis

December 12, 2014 10:25 am | by UMass Amherst | News | Comments

UMass Amherst researchers will test foot sensations, vibrating insoles to aid balance  Many people with multiple sclerosis have trouble with balance and a fear of falling, which can have severe negative effects on their quality of life by keeping...

Mobile Vital Signs Monitoring Devices Will Revolutionize Healthcare

December 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Analog Devices, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Over the next five years, we are likely to see vital signs monitoring as a universal facet of everyday life. The sensing will be discreet, convenient, and painless. Expert systems will sit quietly in the background and occasionally rear their head to warn...

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Light-Based Tech Tracks Oxygen Levels Underwater

December 11, 2014 12:49 pm | by SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics | News | Comments

Swimmers looking to monitor and improve technique and patients striving to heal injured muscles now have a new light-based tool to help reach their goals. A research article by scientists at the University of Essex in Colchester and ... 

Organic Electronics Could Lead to Cheap, Wearable Medical Sensors

December 11, 2014 10:04 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

Future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley. "There are various pulse oximeters already on the market that measure pulse..."

The Pulse: Pain-Free Lancing for Blood Testing and Tracking Surgeons’ Eyes

December 10, 2014 11:36 am | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re performing a blood draw pain-free, comparing heart vital signs, tracking the eyes of surgeons, and giving the disabled access to smartphones.           

Integrating Patient Devices into Health IT Systems

December 10, 2014 11:20 am | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Articles | Comments

The launch of Apple’s HealthKit platform was the first real sign the fitness and health tracking movement had legs; Apple has always been intentional about its moves, and its fans are usually quick to adopt new offerings. They’ve already announced...

Electronic ‘Skin’ for Prosthetics Detects Pressure from Different Directions

December 10, 2014 10:19 am | by ACS Nano | News | Comments

Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable “electronic skin” closely modeled after...

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Easing the Burden on Healthcare Professionals

December 10, 2014 7:30 am | by Jan Wittenber, Member of IEEE and Fellow at the Center for Medical Interoperability | Blogs | Comments

The following from the Background section of the ISO/IEEE 11073 Personal Health Data (PHD) Standards addresses this topic appropriately: “Demographics changes (the rapidly aging population in many industrialized countries) and an increase...

Crowdsourcing for Solutions to Epileptic Seizure Detection and Prediction

December 9, 2014 10:20 am | by American Epilepsy Society (AES) | News | Comments

An international competition using the wisdom of crowds has developed computer algorithms to detect, predict, and ultimately prevent epileptic seizures. A total of five-hundred and four teams competed in two challenges, one for Seizure Detection...

Home (Healthcare) Is Where the Need Is

December 9, 2014 7:30 am | by Carlos Castillo, Biomedical Engineer & Research Biomedical Engineering Advisor, Loma Linda University Zhang Neuroscience Laboratory | Blogs | Comments

Short answer, where the need is! Perhaps numbers will make this more clear. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) gives us the first part of this equation “Each day, 10,000 baby boomers retire and begin receiving Medicare and Social Security benefits”... 

Hospital Hack-A-Thon Attacks Ebola with Robots, Software, Remote Controls

December 8, 2014 12:03 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Treating an infectious disease like the Ebola virus is fraught with dangers for both victims and their caretakers. Ebola’s fatality rate can reach 70 percent and an errant drop of blood, vomit or other bodily fluid can turn a nurse or a doctor...

Medical Device Makers: You’re Responsible for Device Cybersecurity

December 8, 2014 11:06 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

Who is responsible for the cybersecurity of medical devices? The makers of those devices. That anyway is the position of the American Hospital Association (AHA), which made its point in comments submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

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Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Apparently Not the Mother of Invention

December 8, 2014 9:34 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them. The...

A Harmonic Convergence of MedTech

December 5, 2014 2:08 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Honestly, if you attend Medica and don’t find yourself exhilarated by all the creativity and innovation that’s happening in the medtech space, you’re in the wrong job. The event is not just an educational or networking opportunity, but rather an event that truly celebrates medical technology...

The BioDigital Human Comes to Life Across Universal Platforms

December 5, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BioDigital, developer of the virtual human body platform, the BioDigital Human, announced today that it is expanding its product offerings to serve the hundreds of millions of Android mobile devices available in the marketplace. Home to more than 1.5 million users...

Out with the Old, In with the New

December 5, 2014 10:48 am | by Ohio University | News | Comments

Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and computer engineering...

Friday 5: Connecting Healthcare with TE Connectivity's Thomas Medina

December 5, 2014 9:42 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I foresee a continuous transition from body-worn to body-integrated devices designed to deliver very specific, customized care. Device function will be monitored and controlled remotely, determined via gene-based diagnosis and therapies; and will be...

POSEIDON Gives People with Down’s Syndrome Independence

December 4, 2014 10:30 am | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

An ICT research EU project is producing visual and touch apps to help people with Down’s syndrome become more independent in their daily lives. Many people with Down’s syndrome face barriers to taking part in community activities the rest of us take for granted....

Smart Fabric Monitors Wearer's Health

December 4, 2014 9:52 am | by Université Laval | News | Comments

Researchers at Université Laval's Faculty of Science and Engineering and Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers have developed smart textiles able to monitor and transmit wearers' biomedical information via wireless or cellular networks...

Medtronic-Covidien Deal Creates Patient Monitoring Powerhouse

December 2, 2014 9:36 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Medtronic’s roughly $43 billion acquisition and merger with Covidien has been widely discussed in the media for its US Federal tax implications, but it’s also creating a stronger leading player in one of the fastest growing device markets, according...

‘Skin’ Shedding Medical Devices Could Eliminate Need to Replace

December 1, 2014 9:55 am | by Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg | News | Comments

What to do when functional surfaces fail? When catheters become contaminated with microorganisms or sensors no longer react? Until now, the answer was: remove and replace. The chemist Dr. Karen Lienkamp has received a 1.49 million euros Starting...

Medical Device in Urinals Detects Dehydration

December 1, 2014 8:50 am | by Emily Charrison, Flinders University | News | Comments

Dehydration can be a serious health issue for Australia’s mining industry, but a new product to be developed with input from Flinders University’s Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) is set to more effectively help mine managers implement their...

Novel System Measures Physicians' Fatigue Level through Eye Movement

November 26, 2014 1:22 pm | by University of Granada | News | Comments

An international team of scientists which includes researchers from the U. of Granada has demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to establish in an objective way the level of fatigue in physicians after long shifts through their eye movement...

New Technique for Monitoring Physical Activity of Hemophilia Patients

November 26, 2014 1:13 pm | by Universitat de València | News | Comments

The research group Intelligent Data Analysis Laboratory from the School of Engineering Universitat de València and a team of scientists at the Faculty of Physiotherapy led by Professor Felipe Querol have set up an innovative project for monitoring...

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