Driverless Cars and Automated Medicine 10/19/2016

Automation is coming to disrupt everyone’s lives. It’s predicted that soon, driverless vehicles will render the truck driving profession obsolete. Many other industries will be affected as well, including medicine. What might this new world look like, and how will we adapt to it? The impact on employment is obvious and will be massive. When […]

Making Better Team Decisions 10/11/2016

Medical device design is a collaborative process. That necessitates meetings with development team members to report on progress, discuss alternatives and solve problems. Group interactions can often spark great ideas via the interplay of the different perspectives and thinking that individual members bring to the group. Meetings can also be highly dysfunctional and a gigantic […]

Innovative Suturing Device 10/03/2016

Mellon Medical has developed a device that cuts suturing time in half. Their device is a great example of how re-thinking a problem can lead to revolutionary innovation. From the Mellon website: “Classical suturing is a complex process and takes a long time to learn. Focus is on getting control over the needle. Surgeons using […]

Personalizing Healthcare 09/20/2016

So Humana is using data they collect on their insureds to group them by “personas” as a means to tailor care in a more personalized manner. Personas are not new. They are used all the time in sales and marketing to help companies position their products in ways that will best appeal to people with […]

Heart Defibrillation Using Light 09/14/2016

Many recent technological advances in medicine and in other areas have been achieved by harnessing light in some manner. I have written on a number of occasions how I believe that this century’s innovations will be driven by finding new ways to control and apply light energy. The most recent news on this front comes […]

Needle Free Medical Device 09/13/2016

We all know that one person, the one who gets squeamish around needles and blood. They see the needle or the blood being drawn, and their face just goes pale while their eyes get huge. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t like needle going inside me anymore than the next person. My arm veins […]

Micro-invasive Surgery 09/08/2016

Minimally invasive surgery is relatively common. Many procedures are done laparoscopically, with only a few small slits in the body required. On the horizon now is micro-invasive surgery – internal surgeries accomplished without having to disturb the dermis at all. One experimental approach being studied is using the body’s natural orifices through which to introduce […]

Heart Disease and Hugs 09/08/2016

Many people in the United States either suffer from heart failure or have a family member die from it. Did you know that, according to the Center for Disease Control, that one in every four deaths is due to heart disease and that it is also the leading cause of death in both men and […]

Regenerative Bandages and Diabetic Ulcers 09/06/2016

Did you know that the leading cause of lower body amputations is from infected ulcers caused by diabetes? Foot ulcers triggered by diabetes contribute to increased medical costs, hours of pain, and a lower quality of life for the patient. Now, biomedical engineers working at Northwestern University have developed a product to help address this […]

Sleep Quality and Your Health 09/01/2016

Everyone knows that getting the right amount of sleep is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle, but did you know that 35% of U.S. adults do NOT get their recommended 7 hours of sleep each night? Unfortunately, having a sleep deficit is a common problem for a lot of adults and […]