Hospitals will be Leaders in Medical Design 10/02/2015

In early 2013, I wrote a blog about how hospitals would be leading medical device innovation efforts. I also wrote a whitepaper about societal changes and their impact on medical device design. The relevant excerpt: “A number of hospital systems are establishing centers to help launch med-tech startups. This is a trend that will grow […]

Medical Device Design Inputs and Outputs 09/16/2015

Medical device design inputs and outputs are your friend. After defining user needs, understanding how to develop and document design inputs and outputs is the critical quality task in medical device design and development. Properly identifying what the design inputs should be, and specifying them in such a way that they can be objectively verified […]

Engineering Drawings, R.I.P. 09/03/2015

I encourage you to check out this link to a blog post by Jennifer Heron at on using 3D models as manufacturing control instead of drawings. For at least the past two decades, product components have been designed in virtual 3-dimensional space, using various computer aided design tools. Where orthographic drawings were once needed to […]

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. […]