• 5 Ways to Ensure Your Medical Device Customers Are Taken Care of after Launch

    It is important to have a solid product support strategy in place before your device hits the market. Here's how you do that.Qmed Staff(Image courtesy of Integrated Technologies Ltd.)It is one thing to develop a medical device product. It is quite another thing to move into the phase where the product is actually being used, and customer support is required.It all requires careful strategic planning, according to Integrated Technologies Ltd. (Ashford, United Kingdom), the European...
  • The Smartphone: The Sharpest Tool in the Healthcare Shed?

    With the proliferation of smartphones around the globe, we are truly in the midst of a Golden Age for interaction and user interface design that will shift the health landscape to provide myriad benefits to personal and public health.Jeff McCloud Smartphones have gone from being a mere wireless phone with a touchscreen to replacements for personal computers, wallets, keys, and personal trainers.As interaction designers, we are constantly bombarded with new hardware to take advantage of—each...
  • Here Are Our 5 Supplier Innovation Challenge Finalists

    Updated May 26, 2015 We are happy to announce five finalists in our Supplier Innovation Challenge, after receiving results of a "wild card" matchup for our fifth finalist spot. The Supplier Innovation Challenge winner will be selected during MD&M East, June 9–11 in New York City. Here are the five finalists: FINALIST: ProPlate (Professional Plating Inc.; Booth #2367)ProPlate is the maker of Torq-Lok,  a unique technology applied to braided catheters for enhanced...
  • Sometimes Bigger Is Better for Implants

    Researchers are focusing on the size and shape of implantable devices to increase their chances of lasting longer in the body and avoid rejection. They wound up discovering that bigger implants performed better than smaller ones.Kristopher SturgisJust shooting for biocompatibility isn’t good enough any more. The human body treats implantable medical devices as foreign bodies, triggering an immune response that can ultimately be counterproductive from a therapeutic standpoint. Stent thrombosis...
  • Philips' Research Boosting Plans Equal 3 Letters: MIT

    The Dutch multinational is even moving its North American research headquarters near the university.Chris NewmarkerHenk van Houten (right), global head of Philips Research, and MIT Associate Provost Karen Gleason (left) shake hands amid the new Philips-MIT research alliance. (Image courtesy of MIT)Royal Philips N.V. has forged a five-year, $25 million alliance with MIT to further research in its core areas of healthcare and lighting solutions, the company and university announced this week.The...
  • Premarket vs. Postmarket: Applying Risk Management to Your Device's Entire Lifecycle

    Actively harvesting user complaints is a basic defense against unintended harm and product recalls.G.M. SamarasA manufacturer’s obligation for product safety extends across the whole lifecycle—from concept to salvage and disposal. This concept holds true regardless of the industry.How can timely recognition of product safety issues be achieved and successfully managed? The process is called risk management and is applied across the complete product lifecycle. The principle is enshrined in many...
  • How Cyber-Physical Systems Can Enhance Medtech Devices

    The National Science Foundation has backed a multimillion dollar project to advance state-of-the-art medical and cyber-physical systems to improve and accelerate medical device development and testing. Simulation of electrical impulse propagation through the heart during ventricular fibrillation (Image courtesy of National Science Foundation)Kristopher SturgisThe National Science Foundation recently announced two awards that total $8.75 million in an effort to advance medical and cyber-physical...
  • Help Pick the Most Innovative Technologies at MD&M East

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  • Micromolding the Future of Medical Technology

    The company MTD Micro Molding specializes in molding tiny parts for the medtech industry.Brian BuntzAbove is a component molded by MTD Micromolding.In 2009, Bloomberg named miniaturized medical equipment as one of the most important breakthroughs of the next 10 years. Advances in everything from electronics to micromolding have helped make it possible, leading to such eye-opening announcements such as a surgical robot with such precision that it can suture a grape together.This trend though, if...
  • Why Medtech Reshoring Is Picking Up Steam

    A growing number of medical device companies are deciding to return production to the United States after reshoring it in years past. Here’s why.Qmed StaffIn recent decades, China was able to capture a tremendous amount of business from the United States. In essence, this was because Chinese companies were able to undercut domestic manufacturers in terms of cost. Many companies were willing to put up with logistical headaches of having products shipped halfway across the world because it made...
  • Force Sensors Are Making Medical Devices Smarter

    The practice of medicine has always been an art as well as a science. But, in the age of value-based care, the balance between those two is shifting in favor of the latter. Sensor-enabled medical devices are playing an important role in the trend.Brian BuntzThe FlexiForce sensor from Tekscan is an example of a product that can help make medical devices smarter. In healthcare in the 21st century, data is king. Number crunchers in hospitals’ procurement departments now wield considerable...
  • Cleanroom Die Cutting Can Save Money and Boost Efficiency

    Traditionally, die cutting was not a sterile process. Now it can be.Medical Presses Die cutting has been around for many years and has an esteemed reputation for reliability, repeatability, and efficiency. But what happens when you need to cut sterile parts?Traditional dies and presses can contaminate products that were previously sterile. These presses are powered through hydraulics, which can cause the press to rust. The hydraulics in the press is an additional contaminant.In the past, many...
  • The World's First Electronic Fabric?

    An international team of researchers may have come up with graphene you could wear.Kristopher SturgisExeter researchers have come up with electronic fiber. Transparent, flexible graphene electrodes can be embedded in fibers, potentially spurring a new generation of smart clothing that could put computing power on the body.Developed by an international team of researchers, the material could pave the way towards the innovation of fabrics packed with computer technology, according to a statement...
  • A Wearable That Promises to Take Away Your Pain

    A San Francisco startup hopes to give people a drug-free method to relieve pain.Brian BuntzThere are wearables that count your steps, monitor your posture, check your stress levels, and track your pulse. So why not have one to relieve chronic pain?   Shaun Rahimi, CEO of the startup Cur (San Francisco), wondered the same thing and decided to do something about it. For much of his life, he’s suffered from scoliosis and dealt with chronic pain. Then, on top of that, he had a wrist...
  • This Is How You Inexpensively 3-D Print a Trachea Segment

    Find out how New York researchers avoided spending hundreds of thousands of extra dollars on equipment.Daniel A. Grande, PhDChris NewmarkerThey 3-D printed windpipe or trachea segments that held up for four weeks in an incubator. And they did it using a MakerBot Replicator 2X experimental 3-D printer that retails for $2499.That was the achievement recently announced out of the North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York and its Feinstein Institute for Medical Research—as well as the Hofstra North...
  • The Challenges of Getting Materials Innovations into Human Bodies

    A University of Texas at Dallas researcher and his team have developed innovative flexible, shape-shifting electronics. But that is just the beginning.Walter E. VoitChris NewmarkerA University of Texas at Dallas researcher has figured out how to “program” shape-shifting thiolene/acrylates embedded with electronics to wrap around nerves as thin as 60 microns across. Imagine neurological conditions treated with minimally invasive electrodes wrapped around nerves at strategic places in the body....
  • How 3-D Printing Is Changing Cardio and Ortho Applications

    While 3-D printing is catching on, medical device manufacturers should consider it carefully before jumping in head first.Bob MichaelsMaterialise’s patient-specific cranial implant printed using porous titanium.Several speakers will take the podium at MD&M East to offer their insights into 3-D printing. Among them will be Colleen Wivell, biomedical engineering manager at Materialise (Plymouth, MI), a provider of 3-D printing software and services. On June 11, Wivell will join a panel of...
  • When Is Bluetooth LE Useful in Medical Devices?

    Bluetooth’s latest iteration Bluetooth Low Energy is providing plenty of opportunity for medical device designers, but the technology also has its downsides. Chris NewmarkerBluetooth LE (which stands for "low energy") is a popular protocol for medical device communications and for good reason: In addition to its low energy consumption implied in its name, it is also relatively inexpensive and offers connectivity with most smartphones.“If you take a look at the medical device and drug delivery...
  • 4 IoT Trends Medtech Firms Should Watch

    2015 may go down as the year that the Internet of Things went big.Joanna RotterThe Internet of Things (IoT) seems to be on everyone’s lips these days.Only today, Samsung debuted a new push into the arena with an array of technologies that could make it easier to integrate computing horsepower into everything from fitness trackers to light bulbs.Verizon's $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL could also play a role in making the Internet of Things widespread.And then last week, Bosch unveiled its own...
  • Desktop 3-D Printer Takes on Infections and Cancer

    Researchers at Louisiana Tech are using an inexpensive 3-D printer to make novel medical implants.Brian BuntzLouisiana Tech doctoral student Jeffery Weisman uses a MakerBot 3-D printer to create antibacterial beads.The MakerBot line of 3-D printers are slick. The printers have won a slew of awards including a variety of CES prizes. A MakerBot was named one of the best inventions of 2012 by Time magazine, the overall winner in the 3-D printing category and product of the year in Popular...