Optogenetics Advance 08/25/2015

A story from MedGadget highlights the continuing advances that optogenetics is making. The optogenetics procedure involves using light to stimulate genetically altered neurons. Until now, research efforts have been hampered by the need to tether laboratory test animals to fiber optic cables in order to deliver the light stimulus. Stanford University researchers have now developed […]

Wearable Medical Devices and the AARP 07/29/2015

In recent posts, we have been exploring the relationship between new medical technologies and an aging population. Instrumental in this exploration has been the findings of the AARP’s Project Catalyst. Project Catalyst seeks to support innovation in medical device development by generating insight into the consumer behavior of older adults as it relates to health, […]

Medical Technology and the Aging Population 07/23/2015

On an ever growing basis it seems, medical devices are taking the form of wearable technology and of devices that couple with smartphones. What implications does this have for a population that is aging? Do older adults still have a phobia regarding technology? If so, can new wearable/smartphone medical technology be effective for that population […]

Why Medical Device Design Should be Part of Your Reimbursement Strategy 07/15/2015

It is well documented that health care reimbursement is moving away from pay-for-service and toward pay for efficiency, quality, and improvement in outcomes. There is tremendous pressure to lower hospital readmission rates. Can medical device design add value within this new paradigm? Absolutely. A medical device that is well-designed will be easy to use. It […]

Is energy-harvesting technology for wearables hard-boiled or hype? 07/13/2015

As I wrote in May, the biggest constraint in any kind of medical device design today is battery technology, which has not kept pace with the progressive aspects of medical devices. But energy-harvesting technologies for use in wearable designs show promise, in spite of four key engineering challenges: 1) the power they generate; 2) how […]

Brain-controlled Prosthetics 06/04/2015

One of the most exciting developments in medicine and science is the possibility for humans to be able to control computers with their minds. In fact, it’s no longer just a possibility, it is actually being done. The NY Times recently had an article about an armless man who can control a pair of robotic, […]

New Medical Devices Must Prove Their Value 05/20/2015

Medical Marketing and Media (MM&M) has an interesting article regarding MannKind Corp’s Afrezza inhaled insulin. Initial roll-out of the therapy has been below expectations. One of the reasons for that, the article contends, is that the Afrezza therapy has not yet proven that it will provide increased value over other current therapies, pen injectors, for example. […]

The Biggest Constraint on Medical Device Design 05/14/2015

There are many new technologies in the development pipeline – and coming on-line – that will be incorporated into new medical devices in amazing ways. Unfortunately, advances in battery technology have not kept pace with advances in functional capabilities, miniaturization, and other areas. Often, the element that constrains design the most is the size of […]

Flexible, Multimodal Neural Probes 05/06/2015

We reported in January about work being done at MIT to create fibers that can transmit light, electricity and medication to the brain. A new article in MIT Technology Review has more information about these advanced neural probes. There are many intriguing aspects to the work being done at MIT. One of the most significant […]

More Smartphone Devices 04/29/2015

EyeNetra is introducing a series of products and a service that will allow you to determine your eyeglass prescription using a Smartphone. MIT Technology Review reports on the service, “Blink”, that will utilize add-on devices to smartphones – operated by a technician –  to determine your eyeglass prescription in your home or office (the actual prescription […]