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 […]

Soft Robots 06/24/2016

Vacuum-actuated muscle-inspired pneumatic structures. VAMPs. Developed at Harvard University and being adapted for commercial use by Soft Robotics, Inc., VAMP’s use vacuum instead of pressure to actuate a flexible body and cause it to contract. The action is likened to the way the biceps muscle works. This is a unique approach that carries a number of […]

Disrupting the Healthcare System 06/15/2016

A recent report that I noticed on the MedGadget website reveals how innovative companies are disrupting the healthcare system. The Trak male fertility testing system is a device that can be used at home to test sperm count. It has received FDA clearance. The product page claims that, after 500 hours of testing and clinical […]

Surgery’s Future 06/09/2016

Back in 2015, I wrote about where surgical technology is headed. New evidence to support that prediction comes from The story is about tiny, origami-like robots, folded in ice. When the ice capsule is ingested, the ice melts and the device unfolds, whereupon it can be propelled and manipulated by external magnetic force. This […]

3D Printing Heart Stents 06/01/2016

Guest post by Ronan Ye. The Heart of the Matter People come in all sizes and so do their heart arteries. Many doctors wish they could have custom fitted stents for their heart surgery patients. Currently, heart surgeons only have small, medium, and large heart stents to place in an artery. With rapid prototyping and manufacturing of custom […]

More on 3D Printing Medical Devices 05/18/2016

3D printing has been a hot topic for the past several years, with the cost of printers coming down dramatically, to the point where they are becoming a consumer item. Aside from its use for prototyping parts, 3D printing medical devices remains a novelty. Lately, however, there have been some developments with the technology that […]