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Poor Usability Leads to Device Recall

Poor usability in Draeger Medical’s JM-103 and JM-105 Jaundice meters has led the FDA to issue a Class 1 recall of the devices. A Class 1 recall is the most serious, and indicates that use of the device could cause serious injury or death. The Draeger meters measure yellowness of subcutaneous tissue in newborns. Measurements [...]

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Algorithms and Medical Imaging

Analytics 4 Life is a new company that is working on bringing a device to market that uses Phase Space Tomography to provide a new form of digital imaging for diagnostic purposes. Their initial focus is on coronary artery disease. Their CorVista system uses 7 sensors that attach to a patient’s chest and back. From [...]

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Behavioral Psychology and Med Device Design

In this article from Medgadget, Matt Loper tells how a particular human psychological trait is the key to an app that encourages compliance with medical treatment regimens. Wellth is the app that Loper’s company has created. It encourages adherence not by giving something as a reward for correct behavior, but rather by taking something away [...]

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Outer Space, Inner Space

One of the biggest problems with catheters is that they get clogged with biomaterial after a time, requiring intervention to replace the catheter. Researchers at Purdue University are looking at a way to use a magnetically-powered device to clear implanted drainage catheters. They have been able to place a device inside the lumen of a [...]

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Starting a Medical Device Company

Follow the highlighted link to a good article from Medical Design & Outsourcing that explains some of the critical things a start-up medical device company should be aware of. Designing, developing, and bringing a medical device to market is a complex undertaking. Both the design process and the means of production are regulated to ensure [...]

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3D Printing Heart Stents

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 [...]

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Designing the Experience in Medical Devices

“Experience Design” has been a methodological approach used in the consumer products industry for some time. Apple pioneered the practice, deliberately designing not only the product itself, but every aspect of the user’s interaction with it, from opening the package and removing the product, to setting it up, turning it on and using it for [...]

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Medical Device Industry Growth

MedCity New reports on a study by A.T. Kearney that has some interesting findings for medical device design: The analysts say that the “emerging markets will save us” theory is false. Executives they interviewed have not figured out how to make the “Western” approach work in other parts of the world. The report suggests that companies [...]

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