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Google’s Newest Science Project: Defining Perfect Human Health

Google has launched a project focused on studying and analyzing the human body in greater detail than ever before by comprehensively cataloging genetic and molecular information. The ultimate goal of the project, which has been dubbed Baseline Study, is to map out a clear picture of what a perfectly healthy human body would look like.

  • An Introduction To Human Factors Engineering For Medical Device Development
    An Introduction To Human Factors Engineering For Medical Device Development

    I hope by now the overwhelming majority of medical device manufacturers have at least heard of human factors. If you are reading this and are unfamiliar with human factors or usability, I fear that you may learn about it the hard way — a "wakeup call" from the FDA in response to your 510(k) submission requiring human factors and usability testing to be performed. But this type of testing, when executed correctly, will usually identify areas for design improvements to reduce use errors, leading to a better and more lucrative product.

  • Developing Fly-Inspired, Piezoelectric Hearing Aids
    Developing Fly-Inspired, Piezoelectric Hearing Aids

    Using a fly as inspiration, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) have created a miniature device that they say could lead to the development of hypersensitive hearing aids. The research team focused on the Ormia ochracea fly, which has a highly sophisticated hearing system. Contrary to other animals, insects generally cannot pinpoint sound sources because sound waves essentially hit both of their ears at the same time. The Ormia ochracea fly’s hearing system is different, as it contains tiny, teeter-totter-like mechanisms within the ear system that enable the fly to pinpoint sound sources within two degrees.

  • Patients Use World’s First Mobile Pacemaker Station
    Patients Use World’s First Mobile Pacemaker Station

    England’s National Health Service (NHS) has launched its first mobile pacemaker station in the town of Southampton. The station has been designed to allow patients with pacemakers to conduct regular check-ups without having to visit a doctor.

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  • An Introduction To Human Factors Engineering For Medical Device Development
    An Introduction To Human Factors Engineering For Medical Device Development

    I hope by now the overwhelming majority of medical device manufacturers have at least heard of human factors. If you are reading this and are unfamiliar with human factors or usability, I fear that you may learn about it the hard way — a "wakeup call" from the FDA in response to your 510(k) submission requiring human factors and usability testing to be performed. But this type of testing, when executed correctly, will usually identify areas for design improvements to reduce use errors, leading to a better and more lucrative product.

  • Addressing Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities As Medicine Goes Mobile
    Addressing Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities As Medicine Goes Mobile

    Is your phone compromising the security of your heath data? The mobile health, or mHealth, field is exploding with a host of new Internet-connected apps and devices. With that growth comes new concerns around data security and device safety. By Scott Sheaf, senior software engineer, Battelle

  • Why Data Connectivity To Traditional IT Systems And EHRs Should Be A Priority In Your Device Designs
    Why Data Connectivity To Traditional IT Systems And EHRs Should Be A Priority In Your Device Designs

    According to a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers report, a major area that’s lacking in medical devices is electronic health records (EHRs), health IT, and patient data connectivity. Only about 18% of device companies integrate data into clinical workflows and EHRs, which means there’s a very nice opportunity for upstarts and savvy incumbents. Any manufacturer that focuses on device integration and data connectivity from devices into traditional health IT systems like EHRs and billing systems will have a unique offering that customers will elevate during their product selection process.

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ARTICLES

Best Practices For Interventional Cardiovascular Medical Device Trials

Companies seeking to bring implantable cardiovascular products to market, whether they are stents, valves, pacemakers, ventricular assist devices, or other novel technologies, face several significant factors in designing and conducting clinical trials. This paper addresses the four aspects of implantable cardiovascular device clinical trials that Novella Clinical considers most critical: regulatory requirements, reimbursement strategy, clinical challenges, and vendor selection.

Design Verification Testing: The FDA Cares, You Should Too

Design Verification failures are costly, and these costs may be paid not just by development budget and schedule, but may result in rejection of submissions, warning letters, recalls, loss of market share, or in the worse cases, patient harm. Design Verification is one of the most commonly cited sections in recent warning letters issued by the FDA that include findings related to specific sections of the Design Control regulation (21 CFR 820.30).

Medical Device Development: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Incorporating international and emerging markets at an early stage of product development is critical for long-term success in getting to market, but also in bringing costs down by getting started smart. Understanding market opportunities from a regulatory, reimbursement, and healthcare delivery perspective, as well as understanding market fluctuations, is the first step in planning a global strategy.

Managing Change Control To Comply With FDA And EU Regulations

When properly implemented, change control is a potent force for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of a quality system. Many organisations find change control management to be a major problem because of the extensive documentation it generates, and the difficulty of managing the large number of interrelated elements and departments that are often involved.

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FROM THE EDITOR

  • Cutting Through The Remote Patient Monitoring Hype
    Cutting Through The Remote Patient Monitoring Hype

    There is so much hype surrounding remote patient monitoring (RPM) — and related buzzterms like wearables, mobile apps, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and mHealth — that sometimes it is difficult to separate hyperbole from reality. What opportunities does RPM really afford medical device makers? What should they do to take advantage? How do wearables fit into the equation? Should the medtech industry fear or embrace the involvement of tech titans like Google and Apple? Read on for answers to these and other important RPM-related questions.

  • Reverse Engineering A Human Heart Valve
    Reverse Engineering A Human Heart Valve

    The man who literally wrote the book (two books, in fact) on the aortic valve has devised a new artificial valve design that that he says will revolutionize transcatheter aortic valve implementation (TAVI). And if everything goes according to plan, his heart valve could reach European patients in 2015 and U.S. patients soon after. Find out how he and his startup company developed this technology — by using the natural aortic valve for their design output.

  • Do You Make These 5 Usability Mistakes In Your Medtech Development Process?
    Do You Make These 5 Usability Mistakes In Your Medtech Development Process?

    Major healthcare systems are starting to pay much closer attention to usability during the medical device procurement process. They are establishing internal human factors teams, having usability experts evaluate technologies prior to purchase, and sharing their learnings with other healthcare systems. If you fall prey to these five usability design pitfalls, your device won’t stand a chance in this new user-centric procurement environment.

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  • Parker Hannifin Announces New Miniature Liquid Valve To Improve Fluidic Designs
    Parker Hannifin Announces New Miniature Liquid Valve To Improve Fluidic Designs

    The Precision Fluidics Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, announces the release of its newest Diaphragm Isolation liquid Valve.

  • Google’s Newest Science Project: Defining Perfect Human Health
    Google’s Newest Science Project: Defining Perfect Human Health

    Google has launched a project focused on studying and analyzing the human body in greater detail than ever before by comprehensively cataloging genetic and molecular information. The ultimate goal of the project, which has been dubbed Baseline Study, is to map out a clear picture of what a perfectly healthy human body would look like.

  • Covidien Files $180 Million Allotment For Transvaginal Mesh Litigation
    Covidien Files $180 Million Allotment For Transvaginal Mesh Litigation

    Medical device manufacturer Covidien recently booked a $180 million pre-tax legal charge in the third quarter related to transvaginal pelvic mesh litigation payments.

  • 3D Tissue Printing Technique Could Advance Stem Cell Research
    3D Tissue Printing Technique Could Advance Stem Cell Research

    A team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) plans to apply their novel 3D printing technique to stem cell research — using the platform to create tissue similar to the natural environment of human stem cells.

  • Proposed Changes To Sunshine Act Could Mean Added Costs For Device-Makers
    Proposed Changes To Sunshine Act Could Mean Added Costs For Device-Makers

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed four changes to the Physician Payment Sunshine Act’s transparency rules that could result in additional costs for medical device manufacturers.

  • Allergan To Trim 13 Percent Of Workforce, Ward Off $52 Billion Takeover
    Allergan To Trim 13 Percent Of Workforce, Ward Off $52 Billion Takeover

    Medical device and Botox maker Allergan Inc. plans to cut 1,500 jobs – roughly 13 percent of its global workforce – as it tries to improve its financial standing amid a hostile takeover attempt by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. 

  • Miyachi America Announces Sigma Femtosecond Laser Tube Cutter
    Miyachi America Announces Sigma Femtosecond Laser Tube Cutter

    Miyachi America Corporation, a leading manufacturer of laser welding, laser marking and micro machining equipment and systems, announces its new Sigma Femtosecond Laser Tube cutting system. The new cutting system provides unrivalled edge quality for both metals and plastics, making it ideal for medical device applications, including a wide range of diameter tubes and stents.

  • Developing Fly-Inspired, Piezoelectric Hearing Aids
    Developing Fly-Inspired, Piezoelectric Hearing Aids

    Using a fly as inspiration, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) have created a miniature device that they say could lead to the development of hypersensitive hearing aids. The research team focused on the Ormia ochracea fly, which has a highly sophisticated hearing system. Contrary to other animals, insects generally cannot pinpoint sound sources because sound waves essentially hit both of their ears at the same time. The Ormia ochracea fly’s hearing system is different, as it contains tiny, teeter-totter-like mechanisms within the ear system that enable the fly to pinpoint sound sources within two degrees.

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