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Achieving Design Success via Communication in the Value Chain

July 16, 2013 3:03 pm | by Jonathan Martha, Medical Segment Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Blogs | Comments

In today’s global market, lack of effective communication through the value chain is the greatest obstacle to successful home device design. To gain an advantage in the market, OEMs are continuously outsourcing component design and procurement. By doing so, OEMs increase the number of different entities involved in the value chain.

Considering the User in Device Design

July 11, 2013 4:34 pm | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Renesas Electronics America, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

As medical systems move from hospitals to homes and onto human bodies, designers need to realize their users are not professionals anymore. These new at-home users do not understand conditions that could impact measurements and the validity of measurements.

Fighting for the Consumer’s Acceptance

July 10, 2013 9:13 am | by Jason Hayes, Product Development Manager, MiniFAB | Blogs | Comments

Consumer-driven user requirements for home-use devices increasingly require more than just usability, safety, and efficacy; strong insight into why the consumer needs the device is also required. From backyard sheds to universities and research groups to small and large companies alike, bright minds have no shortage of invention of medical products designed for home use.

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Development Tools Are Critical for Portable Device Success

July 3, 2013 2:58 pm | by Marten L. Smith, Staff Engineer, Medical Products Group, Microchip Technology | Microchip Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Designers should look for a company that not only provides the right silicon, but also development tools, software, and support that are tailored for two main phases of a typical smartphone/tablet-based medical design. The first phase consists of the smartphone interface, and the second phase is the design of the medical device itself.

Home Healthcare Presents Design Challenges

July 2, 2013 11:54 am | by Ryan Striker, P.E., Electrical Engineer, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

To unlock the potential of more frequent therapy, medical devices must move out of the doctor’s office and travel with patients to their homes and offices. But, this great opportunity is not without its challenges. The same patient who stands to reap great benefit from a home medical device may instead endanger themselves by applying the device incorrectly.

The Obstacles to Design Success for Home Care Products

July 1, 2013 4:38 pm | by Garren Walters, Applications Team Leader, Precision Fluidics Division, Parker Hannifin | Parker Hannifin Corporation | Blogs | Comments

As Parker sees it, the three biggest obstacles to [design] success for patient care products, such as oxygen concentrators and ventilators, are portability, battery life, and reliability. To make home care products more portable, Parker has reduced the size of some valves up to 75%.

Developing Devices Anyone Can Use

June 28, 2013 11:32 am | by Jason D. Keiser, Project Manager, Precision Medical Products | Blogs | Comments

The greatest challenge [in designing for the consumer] is recognizing the limited knowledge and abilities of a home user. There needs to be an understanding that the home patient is not a medical professional and is not exposed or practiced with the multitude of technologies the designer may have previous experience with.

Weight Is Key in Design of Consumer MedTech

June 25, 2013 4:00 pm | by Jessica Irons, Marketing/Business Development Specialist, Sonoco Protective Solutions | Blogs | Comments

When designing a medical device that is meant to be used directly by patients in their home, the designer has to keep in mind that the environment of a patient’s home is likely going to be dramatically different compared to a medical facility.

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Electromagnetic Interference in Device Design

June 19, 2013 1:57 pm | by Donald L. Sweeney, President, D.L.S. Electronic Systems Inc . | D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The greatest obstacle to success in the design of a device is that, often times, the design engineer overlooks the need to keep electromagnetic interference in mind when he designs his device. When a product is not in compliance, it can be interfered with by radio waves emitting from other electronic devices in the home, causing the product to malfunction.

Perspectives on Robots in the OR - Michael Berthelot

April 29, 2013 11:57 am | by Michael Berthelot, CEO and President, Pro-Dex Inc. | Pro-Dex | Blogs | Comments

Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? While there are some ways in which robots can replace human involvement during surgery, it’s unlikely that robots will completely replace human surgeons. This is because human intuition, reasoning, and experience will continue to be invaluable.

Perspectives on Robots in the OR - A.J. Smith

April 26, 2013 2:41 pm | by A.J. Smith, Director of Product Marketing, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? Robotic technologies combined with improved sensors and sophisticated intelligence will make inroads into many aspects of medical care, including surgical centers and operating rooms.  

Perspectives on Industry Insight, Part II

January 17, 2013 12:00 am | by MDT Staff | Medical Murray, Inc. | Articles | Comments

  Would you please comment on the medical device industry as we move into 2013? Contract manufacturing continues to shift from just “manufacturing” to include a full road map of your finished products, including design, test, manufacturability, and distribution.  

Perspectives on Industry Insight, Part I

January 16, 2013 12:00 am | by MDT Staff | Honeywell Sensing And Control, Portescap, D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Would you please comment on the medical device industry as we move into 2013? The need for medical device manufacturers to have product recall plans in place was reaffirmed by the release of the latest figures on medical device unit recalls. According to the quarterly ExpertRECALL Index released August 22, 2012, over 123 million medical device units were recalled in the second quarter of 2012...

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Perspectives on Supplier Differentiator, Part II

October 19, 2012 2:10 pm | by Deborah Kacera, Daniel Rudolf, Dan Walsh, Christine Forcier, and Bill Leverich | Pilgrim Quality Solutions, RBC Medical Innovations | Articles | Comments

The next evolution is the focus on the supply chain and ensuring the detailed processes are in place and that products/processes provided by downstream suppliers are validated and real. With globalization as the post facto now, it will require more stringent supplier controls from the initial selection of suppliers through the monitoring phases. How will suppliers select and monitor their supplier base?

Perspectives on Supplier Differentiator, Part I

October 19, 2012 11:49 am | by Joe Rotino, Alan Walsh, Aidan Petrie, Carol Tucker, and Michelle Lott | Pro-Dex, Logic PD, Inc., Ximedica, Xeridiem | Articles | Comments

As external industry influences like excise taxes, longer approval process time, and reimbursement pressures bear down on device manufacturers, development partners must look to areas of opportunity and how to best support medical firms in these pursuits. While opportunities such as the growing and aging population and emerging markets are getting a lot of play, it’s also important to realize that progress (i.e., technological advances) poses perhaps the most significant area of opportunity in transforming healthcare.

Perspectives on Evolution of Miniaturization

October 17, 2012 3:39 pm | by Steve Kuckworth, Jessica Willing-Pichs, Ian Hardy, Chad Marak, John Beigel, Trygve Olsen, and Chris Ault | Ximedica, Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Meder Electronic Inc. | Articles | Comments

As medical devices migrate from the hospital to the patient’s home or workplace, two concepts will become increasingly important: manageability and security. Remote medical devices must often provide continuous care, regardless of their location. Consequently, IT teams will need to manage and control the devices remotely...

Perspectives On A Question of Safety

July 25, 2012 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

How has news questioning the safety of medical devices misled the public about testing protocols?

Perspectives on First Step in Design, Part II

June 5, 2012 12:54 pm | Articles | Comments

Once a new medical device idea is formulated, what is the critical first step to help ensure its success through to market launch?

Perspectives on First Step in Design, Part I

June 5, 2012 12:34 pm | Articles | Comments

Once a new medical device idea is formulated, what is the critical first step to help ensure its success through to market launch?

Perspectives on Battling HAIs

June 5, 2012 11:28 am | Articles | Comments

What impact does the effort to reduce the incidence of hospital acquired infections have on the development of new medical devices?

Perspectives on Design Challenges

June 5, 2012 10:37 am | Articles | Comments

Would you please share one of the most challenging design obstacles you have faced in the development of a medical device?

Perspectives on Prototyping, Part II

June 5, 2012 8:39 am | Articles | Comments

Has design software reached the point where it can serve as an acceptable replacement for physical prototypes in medical device manufacturing?

Perspectives on Prototyping, Part I

June 5, 2012 8:23 am | Articles | Comments

Has design software reached the point where it can serve as an acceptable replacement for physical prototypes in medical device manufacturing?

Perspectives on Miniaturization

January 5, 2012 9:47 am | Articles | Comments

In the effort to make medical devices smaller, what has been the most challenging obstacle you have faced and how were you able to resolve this problem?

Perspectives on Balancing Development Success, Part II

October 28, 2011 12:12 pm | WuXi AppTec | Articles | Comments

With the development of a medical device, how do you best achieve a balance between time to market, cost savings, and regulatory compliance?

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