Surgery With Magnets 08/23/2016

One of the prospective technologies that I have been monitoring is that of non-invasive surgery using magnetics or injectable robots. A device that moves surgery in that direction has just received CE approval and De Novo FDA clearance. Levita Magnetics has developed a laparoscopic instrument that has a tip that can be detached from the […]

Sea Change for Medical Device Makers 08/19/2016

The fee-for-service healthcare model is being replaced by a value-based care model. This is a sea change, and therefore a significant opportunity for those who can envision ways of fulfilling the needs of the new market model. For medical device makers, opportunities lie in developing ways to extend device offerings to provide associated services and […]

Blue Lights and Your Sleeping Habits 08/18/2016

With our increasing attachment to our electronic gadgets, many people tend to spend time on their phones and computers late at night. Unfortunately, not everyone knows that the blue lights emitted from their electronic devices can negatively affect healthy melatonin production and the ability to sleep well at night. A company in Japan called JINS […]

Electroceuticals and “Neural Dust” 08/12/2016

Medical Design and Outsourcing reports that researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a technology they are referring to as “neural dust”. The devices are tiny sensors, the size of a large grain of sand. When implanted in the body, ultrasound is used to vibrate a piezoelectric crystal in the device, generating electrical […]

Where Medical Imaging is Heading 08/03/2016

Medical imaging is heading to 3 dimensions, like everything else! A recent story at Medgadget highlights the accomplishments of EchoPixel and Hewlett-Packard in bringing a device to market that enables image data from CT and MRI scans to be viewed in 3 dimensional space. The system also allows physicians to manipulate the anatomy and view tissue […]

Sensory Augmentation 07/29/2016

This story in EETimes is about a trend that is well underway now, but which is going to grow even more rapidly in the next few years: the melding of medical technology with consumer products. The impact on economics and lifestyle will be sweeping. You could call “hearables” a subset of wearables, which already command […]

Medical Device Reimbursement 07/19/2016

The initial stages of developing a new medical device involves a lot of work around the technical aspects of the device and how it should be designed. Equally important is the question of whether it makes economic sense to pursue the idea. To answer that question, you need to know how public and private insurers […]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution 07/15/2016

I think everyone can feel that the world we live in is changing, and changing rapidly. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum believes we are at the beginning of a fourth Industrial Revolution. According to the WEF article, the first revolution was about harnessing the steam engine to mechanize production. The […]

Cut the Cords 07/06/2016

Hospitals are filled with machines, instruments, and devices, all with cords that get tangled and cause frustration and pose safety hazards if not managed properly. The mass of cords, both in operating suites and in patient rooms, also creates an ugly mess. Designers do the best they can to address cord storage and management when […]

The Shape of Things to Come 06/30/2016

Medgadget reports that Healcerion, a South Korean company, has developed a portable ultrasound device that is no bigger than the transducer itself. It couples wirelessly to a tablet or smartphone. According to the report, the device isn’t meant to replace large ultrasound machines, but to allow ultrasound technology to be used in situations in which the […]