Brian Buntz

How Linux Can Help Make Medical Devices More Secure

Posted in by Brian Buntz on February 8, 2016
The Open Source operating system can help medical device companies improve the security of their products.Brian BuntzMedical device cybersecurity is a “growing concern” declared FDA in a recent statement announcing its latest guidance documents related to the subject. The topic has also been get... Continue

LA Times Slams FDA Over MAUDE Database

Posted in by Brian Buntz on February 8, 2016
FDA’s method for tracking medical device–related adverse events is so antiquated that it can take years for the agency to detect serious problems such as duodenoscope-related infections, reports the LA Times.Qmed StaffPictures of a contaminated Olympus TJF-Q180V closed-channel duo... Continue

New Packaging System Can Shift Gears at the Push of the Button

Posted in by Brian Buntz on February 8, 2016
A new medical band sealer from OK International Corp.'s OKSealer division can accommodate up to 15 recipes for any heat sealable material.    The Supersealer MBS (Image courtesy of OK International Corp.'s OKSealer division)Brian Buntz Packaging specialist OKS... Continue

FDA Clears 3-D Printed Skull Implant

Posted in by Brian Buntz on February 5, 2016
3-D printing technology is a perfect fit for creating head implants that are customized to a user. Recently, the company BioArchitects announced that it had won 510(k) clearance for its patient-specific titanium cranial/craniofacial plate device.Brian BuntzA cranial/craniofacial device from Bio... Continue

Smart Clothing: Not for Just Fitness Tracking

Posted in by Brian Buntz on February 5, 2016
While smart clothing has received attention for its fitness tracking potential, the technology can be a powerful tool for gathering clinical trial research.Brian BuntzSmart clothing was one of the hottest technologies at CES this year. One of the pioneers in the niche, Hexoskin won the CES 2016... Continue

Google-Smart Surgical Robots

Posted in by Brian Buntz on February 4, 2016
Researchers are getting closer to cryopreserving organs. Here’s how.Qmed StaffRobots have been used for what seems like ages for surgery, but there has been debate about the high price tag of Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot and whether it is truly better at operating than human surgeons.Now,... Continue

Futuristic Medical Technology That Will Amaze You

Posted in by Brian Buntz on February 4, 2016
            The word “amazing" is tossed around a lot, but there are many medical advances in development that are truly incredible, or at least could be in the near future. Qmed StaffA decade from now, if you lose a limb, you may be able to get a replacemen... Continue

Medtronic Announces First Acquisition of 2016

Posted in by Brian Buntz on February 1, 2016
 M&A hungry Medtronic has announced its latest target, this time the renal-disease specialist Bellco.Qmed StaffOne of the biggest makers of diabetes technology market, Medtronic is expanding its position in the niche by buying privately-held Bellco (Mirandola, Italy), which it describes as ... Continue

How Gene Technology Could Combat the Zika Virus

Posted in by Brian Buntz on February 1, 2016
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has claimed more than 11,000 lives, spurred a wave of medical innovations. Now with the Zika virus projected to infect up to 4 million people, new gene-based technology will likely be used to combat the disease.Qmed StaffMosquito image from the Pasteur Instit... Continue

Citizens United Asks Why Wasn’t Former Synthes CEO Jailed

Posted in by Brian Buntz on January 29, 2016
Citizens United has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to determine whether the former Synthes CEO was shielded from prosecution in the Norian XR cement scandal, in which five people died. Qmed Staff The conservative political organization Citizens United has asked for federal documents... Continue