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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...

The Brave New World of Medical Device Technology

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

As a devout sci-fi fan, I will also say that remote digital health may become truly transparent...

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...

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...

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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...

Wearable Sensor Provides Long-Term EKG and EMG Monitoring

January 20, 2015 10:05 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, wearable sensor that uses silver nanowires to monitor electrophysiological signals, such as electrocardiography (EKG) or electromyography (EMG). The new sensor is as accurate...

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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...

Zinc Oxide-Based Energy Harvesting Devices Could Power Implants

January 16, 2015 3:39 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Today, we’re surrounded by a variety of electronic devices that are moving increasingly closer to us – we can attach and wear them, or even implant electronics inside our bodies. Many types of smart devices are readily available and convenient to...

Connectivity and Internet of Things Will Transform Availability of Healthcare

January 16, 2015 9:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Connectivity, which is often referred to as the “Internet of Things” and associated wireless capabilities, are providing a new framework for improving virtually every aspect of healthcare. This includes shifting from reactive to preventative healthcare...

Booking a Trip to the ER on Your Smartphone

January 16, 2015 9:30 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's like OpenTable for medical appointments. No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings. Online services such as ZocDoc and InQuicker are enabling...

The Pulse: 3-D Printing a Smartphone Microscope and an Invisible Hearing Aid

January 15, 2015 9:02 am | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're measuring biometric information with an adhesive patch, 3-D printing a microscope for your smartphone, relieving pain without drugs, and using an invisible hearing aid...             

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Making an Impact…and Being Awarded for It

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Joining a number of other new categories for the 2014/2015 competition, the “Medical Device Design Innovation” award will strive to recognize “the exceptional new technologies and cutting-edge designs changing the face of medtech.” While that’s...

Health and Biotech Highlights at CES 2015

January 13, 2015 11:36 am | by International CES | Videos | Comments

Health and biotech innovation that changes the way we live our lives and monitor our bodies highlighted at CES 2015...                                     

Wearable Sensors Gather Lots of Data…Now to Make It Useful

January 13, 2015 11:27 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It's not just about how many steps you've taken or how many calories you've burned in a day. Wearable fitness trackers and health monitors are becoming more commonplace and diverse, but just what do you do with all of that data? "We have a lot...

Wearables Alone Won't Motivate Changes in Health Behavior

January 12, 2015 10:14 am | by Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

New Year’s weight loss resolutions are in full swing, but despite all the hype about the latest wearable tracking devices, there’s little evidence that this technology alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most...

FDA Approves Fetal Monitoring System that Allows Freedom of Movement During Labor

January 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Royal Philips today announced that it received 510(k) clearance from the U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Avalon CL Fetal Monitoring solution (Avalon CL). The solution provides consistent monitoring of the... 

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Photos of the Day: 5 Innovative Healthcare Devices Featured at CES 2015

January 8, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

While the Internet of Things seems to be all the rage (and dominating almost all of the news) at CES 2015, there are still plenty of other areas that warrant attention. Of course, my interest is on the medtech and health-related devices that are being...

Sleep Your Way into Improved Restfulness

January 8, 2015 3:52 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s no secret that having trouble sleeping causes a multitude of health problems. Apart from the obvious issues such as fatigue and altered mood, pulling undesired all-nighters can adversely affect weight, bring about cardiovascular problems, and make...

Photos of the Day: 100 Years of Welch Allyn

January 8, 2015 10:32 am | by Welch Allyn | News | Comments

Dr. Francis Welch and William Noah Allyn developed the world's first handheld, direct-illuminating ophthmaloscope in 1915. Allyn first marketed the ophthmaloscope at an American Medical Association convention in New York City in 1920. At the...

Industrial Internet Will Radically Redefine the Medical Devices Industry

January 7, 2015 12:16 pm | by Rajeev Kapoor, Partner, Bharat Kapoor, Consultant, Joshua Swartz, Consultant; A.T. Kierney | Blogs | Comments

You may feel that you’re having the rug yanked out from under you by the numerous forces threatening the industry, not to mention all these other [IT] companies moving into your space. For decades you’ve made your bed with physicians and...

Material Incorporates DNA for a New Class of Biosensors

January 7, 2015 11:20 am | News | Comments

A new responsive material ‘glued’ together with short strands of DNA, and capable of translating thermal and chemical signals into visible physical changes, could underpin a new class of biosensors or drug delivery systems. “Having this kind of...

Top Five Healthcare Trends of 2014

January 2, 2015 10:31 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Kalorama Information has identified its “Top Five Trends in Healthcare in 2014.” The healthcare market research firm publishes 40-50 detailed studies in healthcare markets every year. The firm said several events in 2014 will have business planners...

The ACA Has Clogged the Pipeline of MedTech Innovation

December 31, 2014 9:30 am | by Emily L. Cross, Ph.D., Director of Media and Communication, TecMed Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The 2010 media was saturated in the triumphant, albeit hotly debated, arrival of change in many sectors of life, but spun tightly on the U.S. healthcare system. The year can be defined with tedious chatter, increased expectations, and a new sensation...

Top 4 Up And Coming Medical Device Trends for 2015

December 31, 2014 8:34 am | by David Nelson, President, Nel Pretech | Blogs | Comments

Top trends for the medical design industry in 2015 include some familiar — and emerging — issues and considerations. Expanding international markets, aging populations, technological innovations, an ever-expanding roster of disease biomarkers...

Expanding Wellness Monitoring and Care with e-Health

December 29, 2014 9:11 am | by Bill Ash, Strategic Technology Program Director, and Kathryn Bennett, Senior Program Manager, IEEE Standards Association | Blogs | Comments

In the next-generation e-health environment that is taking shape in markets worldwide, more varieties of more accurate patient data will be more efficiently exchanged and analyzed across a wider array of interoperable devices and systems for enhanced...

Creating Customized Wearable Health Devices

December 29, 2014 8:31 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, Newark element14 | Blogs | Comments

The wearable health and fitness market is rife with devices that can track and relay basic vitals. The majority of devices proposed by element14’s competitors, however, will be designed with specific sports in mind, thus both the form and function...

Could Formula One Speed up Product Innovation in a World of Snail-Paced Monitoring?

December 26, 2014 9:18 am | by Kelly Patrick, Associate Director of Medical Technology, IHS Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In a fast-changing environment, the collection of data from drivers and their cars in Formula One (F1) racing has been imperative to ensure driver safety and success during a race. Telemetry technology is so advanced that it enables quick decisions...

Big Data and Analytics Still a Driver for Future Change

December 26, 2014 8:02 am | by Andrew Rebhan, Analyst for Medical Devices & Healthcare IT, IHS Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare delivery models have already started the shift away from volume-based care in order to focus more on delivering higher value for patients. The need for integrated care and interoperability among disparate IT systems, along with the rise in newly...

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