• Stryker Ortho to Compensate More Patients Under Expanded Settlement

    As part of a new settlement agreement, Stryker Orthopaedics agrees to provide compensation to additional U.S. patients who had revision surgery to replace two specific hip stem implants.Marie ThibaultStryker Orthopaedics has agreed to another settlement involving its hip stem implants. The settlement between Howmedica Osteonics Corp. (known as Stryker Orthopaedics) and attorneys plaintiffs in New Jersey and Federal multidistrict cases will cover eligible U.S. patients who were implanted with...
  • Will Machines Replace General Practitioners Someday?

    General practitioners may need to up their game over the next 10 years, if artificial intelligence disrupts the market as much as one medtech CEO expects it to.Amanda PedersenBiotricity Inc. is in talks with IBM Watson Health to use artificial intelligence in remote patient monitoring tech for chronic diseases There’s so much health data being generated through electronic medical records and other digital health tools that traditional data analysis just doesn’t cut it anymore, according to...
  • What Does It Take to Design a Tricorder?

    As the two finalist products in Qualcomm's Tricorder XPRIZE competition advance to consumer testing, the teams that developed them shed light on what it takes to bring Star Trek technology to the real world.Kristopher SturgisThe DxtER prototype was one of two medical Tricorder concepts to advance to the final round of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition. Fifty years ago Star Trek introduced its viewers to a futuristic world with countless gadgets and technologies that...
  • Could BioTrace Set A New ‘Tempo’ for Temporary Pacing?

    Updated Dec. 20, 2016 Temporary pacing leads are getting more stage time as doctors try to head off a common heart block complication from TAVR. BioTrace Medical Inc.'s new Tempo lead aims to make temporary pacing more secure and consistent compared to existing technologies.Amanda Pedersen As transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) technology becomes an increasingly common treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis, temporary pacing leads are getting more stage...
  • Siemens Takes Aim at Stroke's Biggest Time Suck

    Siemens is working with German researchers to save time on stroke diagnosis and treatment by combining MRI and angiography.Amanda PedersenThere’s no shortage of evidence supporting the notion that time is brain when it comes to stroke treatment, and yet separate imaging examinations using different devices continues to be the standard of care for stroke. This is valuable time that stroke patients do not have, according to Siemens Healthineers, which is working with a team of German researchers...
  • Can St. Jude’s Afib Strength Offset CRM Weaknesses?

    FDA cleared St. Jude Medical’s EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system and Advisor FL catheter, but will that be enough to offset product gaps and other CRM weaknesses in 2017? Amanda PedersenSt. Jude's EnSite Precision cardiac mapping system is designed to to provide automation, flexibility, and precision in cardiac mapping during the treatment of patients with abnormal heart rhythms. St. Jude Medical Inc. added more weight to its atrial fibrillation (Afib) portfolio with FDA clearance of...
  • Zimmer Biomet Hit With 'Long And Serious' 483

    FDA hit Zimmer Biomet with a 57-page Form 483 that one analyst called “one of the longest and most serious” a consultant for his firm had ever seen. Amanda PedersenJust as Zimmer Biomet Holdings was returning most of its product lines to full capacity after unexpected shipping delays in the third-quarter, the FDA hit the orthopedic device maker with a Form 484. The agency issued the form after a series of recent quality control inspections at the company's legacy Biomet manufacturing site...
  • Detecting Infections with Electricity

    Researchers have developed a thin-film sensor to find infections in prostheses and joint implants.Nancy CrottiIn the image above, (a) a plastic rod was used as a prosthesis surrogate, (b) the rod was coated with a pH-sensitive thin film sensor and (c) tested experimentally using a prototype ECT mapping system.Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a non-invasive method to detect infections in prostheses used by amputees, as well as for knee, hip and other joint...
  • Beware the Privacy Risks of Health Wearables

    A new report warns that consumers need far more protection for their personal health information.Marie ThibaultIt’s a fledgling industry, but health wearables need more regulation and standards. That’s the message from researchers from American University and the Center for Digital Democracy in a December 15 report, “Health Wearable Devices in the Big Data Era: Ensuring Privacy, Security, and Consumer Protection.” The authors argue current federal regulation and industry self-regulation is...
  • Does The Future Of Robotics Lie In The Imagination?

    Researchers show that people can control a robotic arm with their minds.Amanda PedersenA study participant, fitted with a specialized brain cap, learns to move a robotic arm with his mind Dr. Seuss taught young readers the endless possibilities of an active imagination with his classic story, “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!” But a mind-controlled robotic arm that doesn’t require a brain implant could have been a stretch of the imagination even for Dr. Seuss.Don't miss the MD&M West...
  • Researchers Invent Silly Putty Pressure Sensor

    A cross between graphene and flexible silicone, the material has implications for medical devices.Nancy CrottiWhat do you get when you embed sheets of graphene in lightly cross-linked polysilicone? Italian and British researchers came up with supercharged Silly Putty--a highly flexible substance with sensitive electromechanical sensors that can measure pulse, blood pressure, and even the footsteps of a small spider.Don't miss the MD&M West conference and expo, February 7–9, 2017.The sensors...
  • Next-Gen Blood-Gas Monitor Expands Its Market

     Sphere Medical’s Proxima 4 can now be used for diabetics and cardiac surgery patients.Nancy CrottiThe Proxima 4 received CE Mark in September 2016.Sphere Medical Holdings PLC has launched the next generation of its blood gases monitor in Europe. The Proxima 4, which also analyzes electrolytes and metabolites, comes with a broader array of functions, allowing it to be deployed in a wider patient group, including those requiring blood sugar control and those undergoing cardiac surgery....
  • New Kyocera Sensor Targets Thriving Health Wearables Market

    This tiny blood-flow chip could be used in earbuds and other wearables to track stress, prevent dehydration, and avoid altitude sicknessAmanda Pedersen  Kyocera's sensor targets multiple health applications.Targeting a thriving health wearables market with five-year growth pegged at $17.8 billion globally, Kyocera Corp.’s newest sensor could track stress levels, or help prevent heatstroke, dehydration, and altitude sickness. Don't miss the MD&M West conference and expo...
  • FDA Clears New Tool for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

    FDA has given patients with Type 2 diabetes a new management option by clearing the integration of a blood glucose monitoring system and a diabetes management platform. The integration is the result of a partnership between WellDoc and Johnson & Johnson's LifeScan.Marie ThibaultFDA has just cleared the product of a partnership between a mobile health company and a veteran medical device company. The two companies partnered to integrate a blood glucose monitoring system with digital diabetes...
  • Surgical Robotics Newcomer Explores Universal Robot Concept

    Cambridge Medical Robotics's Versius can be used to perform colorectal, pelvic, and upper abdominal procedures. Amanda Pedersen The Versius system features light-weight robotic arms and5-mm instruments. A new venture-backed company that wants to add a touch of versatility and dexterity to the surgical robotics space said its Versius system performed “exactly as expected” in an initial round of cadaveric trials. Cambridge Medical Robotics Ltd. (CMR) said 32 surgeons have...
  • IBM Watson-Enabled Robot Could Help the Elderly Age in Place

    Rice University and IBM have teamed up to develop a state-of-the-art robotic assistant that can help monitor and assist elderly patients and their caregivers unlike ever before.Kristopher SturgisIBM MERA can measure heart and respiratory rates.IBM announced this week the creation of the new IBM Multipurpose Eldercare Robot Assistant (MERA), the first-of-its-kind Watson-enabled technology designed to assist the elderly and their caregivers. IBM announced the project in collaboration...
  • Studying Subconcussions in Athletes

    The EYE-SYNC medical device from SyncThink will be used to learn more about sub-concussive impacts and their effect on eye movement.Marie ThibaultIf a player takes a hard hit to the head during a football game, everyone immediately worries about a concussion. However, those same concerns don’t typically arise when a soccer player heads a ball or a diver enters the water.A new study will investigate these lesser, sub-concussive head impacts using a medical device that tracks eye movement. The...
  • What Medtronic's Price-Fixing Fine Means for Other Medtech Companies in China

    A Chinese regulatory body levied a $17 million fine against Medtronic for setting low-end prices on certain devices, and officials said that could just be the "tip of the iceberg."Nancy Crotti A $17 million fine levied by the Chinese government against Medtronic PLC this week may signal a closer look at foreign medtech business dealings in general in that country.China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) fined Medtronic for refusing to allow the company’s dealers and...
  • Medtech Companies Take Note: Americans' Life Expectancy is Declining

    Although the cancer death rate declined, the mortality rate for Alzheimer's disease jumped significantly.Maureen KingsleyLife expectancy for the average American in 2015 declined by 0.1 year from 2014, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reporrted in a data brief released this month. Life expectancy was 78.8 years at birth in 2015 and 78.9 years in 2014. For male Americans specifically, life expectancy decreased from 76.5 years in 2014 to 76.3 years in 2015, and for female...
  • Does Tort Reform Actually Stifle Medtech Innovation?

    New research shows that capping liability costs in medical malpractice cases may not spur medtech innovation across the board.Nancy Crotti High litigation costs dampen medtech innovation, and caps on monetary damages encourage it. That’s what the industry has been saying for decades, but it may not be entirely true.Learn what it takes to bring an innovative medical device to market at the MD&M West conference, February 7–9, 2016.U.S. and Canadian researchers have found that in...