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Medicare ACO Pilot Nets $400 Million In Savings, Due For Expansion

A pilot alternative payment program called Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) has saved Medicare approximately $400 million over the first two years of implementation. Independent actuaries have verified the cost savings of the program, which will likely be expanded to cover more Medicare beneficiaries.

  • Boston Scientific Announces Partnerships For Cardiovascular Value-Based Programs
    Boston Scientific Announces Partnerships For Cardiovascular Value-Based Programs

    Boston Scientific recently announced two separate deals that would combine its medical device offerings with partners solutions to enhance cardiovascular care outcomes and lower cost of care. The programs will be offered under Boston Scientific’s ADVANTICS solutions, which include performance optimization, capital financing, care pathway transformation, and patient management programs.

  • An Introduction To International Medical Device Standards
    An Introduction To International Medical Device Standards

    One common source of misunderstanding in the medical device industry is the method the various national regulatory systems use to identify standards. This article explains the method, starting with standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopted and recognized in various regulatory systems. The article uses ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 14971:2007 as illustrations.

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  • An Introduction To International Medical Device Standards
    An Introduction To International Medical Device Standards

    One common source of misunderstanding in the medical device industry is the method the various national regulatory systems use to identify standards. This article explains the method, starting with standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopted and recognized in various regulatory systems. The article uses ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 14971:2007 as illustrations.

  • Can We Design Medical Devices To Be Reprocessed Without Killing People?
    Can We Design Medical Devices To Be Reprocessed Without Killing People?

    Reprocessing has taken center stage in the medical device industry over the past two months, thanks to several high-profile “superbug” outbreaks that were linked to the use of contaminated duodenoscopes (a type of endoscope) at two prominent U.S. hospitals. How did we get to this point as an industry? What can we do to ensure this type of problem doesn’t occur with our medical device designs? And what will the future hold when it comes to the reprocessing of medical devices? Let’s explore these (and other) questions related to this significant and timely issue.

  • Federal Financing Opportunities: 3 Keys For Medical Device Developers
    Federal Financing Opportunities: 3 Keys For Medical Device Developers

    As medical device developers, we face wide-ranging challenges that span the commercial and government markets. While the commercial market encourages creative competition, many people think government contracts for medical device development are out of reach or not worth the hassle.

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FROM THE EDITOR

  • Developing A Surgical Robotics System That Doctors Really Want — And Hospitals Can Afford
    Developing A Surgical Robotics System That Doctors Really Want — And Hospitals Can Afford

    TransEnterix has taken a most unconventional approach to the design of its SurgiBot platform for laparoscopic surgery. While traditional systems are controlled via a console located outside the sterile field, TransEnterix decided to return the surgeon to the patient’s bedside. The result is a robotic surgery system that is quite literally just what the doctor ordered — and that costs a fraction of existing platforms. Med Device Online recently spoke to Todd Pope, the company's president and CEO, about the rigorous process TransEnterix used to incorporate stakeholder feedback from across the healthcare system in SurgiBot’s design.

  • Companies To Watch: Novian Health
    Companies To Watch: Novian Health

    With its novel, laser-based technology, this early-stage company hopes to displace lumpectomy as the standard of care for eliminating breast tumors after early detection.

  • 3D-Printed Injection Molding: The Future Of Rapid Prototyping?
    3D-Printed Injection Molding: The Future Of Rapid Prototyping?

    3D printing has fundamentally changed the way medical devices are prototyped and tested; however, the technology can carry a product only so far into the development process, primarily due to material constraints. Injection molding (IM) can generate highly accurate prototypes in final production materials, but the process is not without its own drawbacks. Now, a hybrid prototyping process has emerged, offering medical device developers the best of both worlds — the speed and economy of 3D printing combined with the material and accuracy advantages of IM.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

The Unique Requirements For Wireless Medical Devices

Medical device designers and manufacturers who don’t understand the unique requirements for ensuring success in a WLAN (wireless local area network) deployed solution run the risk of their device having adverse performance, potential regulatory recalls, the need for a product re-design, revenue loss, and competitive market positioning.  

Which Screw Is Best For You?

This white paper was written to provide a thorough understanding of screw drive trains and the many options available.

Understanding Connector Operating Voltage

It can be difficult to determine exactly how much voltage a connector can safely carry as the effects of humidity, air pressure, or safety requirements need to be considered. This paper discusses the different conditions engineers may encounter that can impact operating voltage in the connectors they specify so that they’ll perform as expected, even in challenging environments.

Medical Device Metal-To-Plastic Conversion In 6 Steps

With quickly increasing healthcare costs and improving technology, designers across the medical device industry are being tasked to increase performance and decrease costs associated with their products. One of the most effective methods for performance enhancement and cost cutting is metal-to-plastic conversion. Plastics can be used to replace even the strongest and stiffest steel devices by incorporating simple design modifications.

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MED DEVICE INSIGHTS

Success in today’s medical device industry requires innovative ways of thinking about traditional and evolving problems. To this end, Med Device Online is pleased to bring you Med Device Insights, a new digital publication that imparts fresh perspectives and strategies from your peers and other thought leaders in the space. Our first issue includes original articles about:

  • A revolutionary new approach to rapid prototyping
  • The unintended consequences of new payment paradigms
  • Factors to consider when developing your India strategy
  • Using Internet-of-Things-style protocols for connected devices
  • Steps to identify the right clinical outsourcing partner
  • A company developing laser-based tumor ablation systems
  • And more...

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Ceramic Core Alumina Heater for Medical and Life Science Applications

Heatron’s ceramic core alumina heater is ideal for dialysis, CPAP, DNA analysis/testing, blood diagnostics, surgical devices, blood/fluid warming, MRI equipment, instrument sterilization, temperature therapy, and vessel sealers.  

Industrial Components and Subsystems

Industrial Components and Subsystems

Zygo’s Optical Systems Division designs and manufactures high precision optical components and electro-optical subsystems for industrial OEM applications in their certified ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485:2003 manufacturing and assembly facilities.

Interconnect Technology

Interconnect Technology

The advancement of safe and effective medical device technology has been significantly impacted by developments in interconnect technology and improvements in electronic manufacturing services. In this space, MST has vast experience in advanced assemblies on both organic and ceramic substrates, PCBs and packaging substrates, LTCC substrates, and testing services.

Glass-to-Metal Feedthrus

Glass-to-Metal Feedthrus

Corry Micronics offers DC and 50-ohm glass sealed feedthrus. These feedthrus are available in standard and customized packages...
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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Proto Labs Adds Medical-Grade Liquid Silicone Rubber to Its Moldable Materials List
    Proto Labs Adds Medical-Grade Liquid Silicone Rubber to Its Moldable Materials List

    Proto Labs Inc. recently introduces medical-grade liquid silicone rubber (LSR) material; a low-viscosity thermoset material particularly well-suited for medical applications, to its quick-turn injection molding capabilities. The company also offers Dow Corning QP1-250 moldable silicone in addition to its standard and optical-grade LSR materials.

  • Medicare ACO Pilot Nets $400 Million In Savings, Due For Expansion
    Medicare ACO Pilot Nets $400 Million In Savings, Due For Expansion

    A pilot alternative payment program called Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) has saved Medicare approximately $400 million over the first two years of implementation. Independent actuaries have verified the cost savings of the program, which will likely be expanded to cover more Medicare beneficiaries.

  • FDA Issues Draft Guidance On Use Of Adult Clinical Data In Pediatric Device Applications
    FDA Issues Draft Guidance On Use Of Adult Clinical Data In Pediatric Device Applications

    The FDA released a draft guidance that explains how device manufacturers can extrapolate data obtained during clinical trials with adult subjects to support premarket applications for pediatric use. With this clarification, the agency thinks that more devices will receive pediatric approval and be more widely available for safe and effective use.

  • Cook’s Opens In-House Contract Research Services To External Medical Device Companies

    MED Institute (MED) is a Cook Group company that will now offer its services to external medical device companies. For the past 32 years, MED has served as an in-house contract research firm for its sister Cook companies, including Cook Medical.

  • Point-Of-Care Medical Sensor Adoption Driven By Cancer, Infectious Diseases

    Sensor-based point-of-care medical devices that can be used outside hospitals will first make an impact in cancer care and infectious diseases as rapid innovation, coupled with regulatory and insurer enthusiasm, drives adoption, according to Lux Research.

  • Artificial Pancreas Team Achieves Important Milestone
    Artificial Pancreas Team Achieves Important Milestone

    A diabetic woman in Norfolk, England, has successfully carried and naturally delivered a baby while having her insulin regulated with a closed loop artificial pancreas system. Researchers from the University of Cambridge say that this success marks a major milestone in treating diabetes during pregnancy.

  • Groundbreaking 3D-Printed Pediatric Airway Splints Show Improved Outcomes Over Time
    Groundbreaking 3D-Printed Pediatric Airway Splints Show Improved Outcomes Over Time

    Three years ago, doctors pioneered a 3D-printed medical device that prevented the windpipes of infants and toddlers from collapsing, a symptom of tracheobronchomalacia (TBM). This week, the team released a promising new study that found all three children fitted with the device have experienced long-term benefits.

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