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Impact Of Population Health Management Systems On U.S. Healthcare

Population health management (PHM) systems enable payer and provider organizations to analyze the patient populations they represent in order to identify the most high-risk, high-cost patients and implement preventative strategies to improve the morbidity and healthcare usage patterns in these groups. That there is an acute need for these systems is well established. The U.S. spends more on healthcare than similar developed countries. Moreover, costs are rising. Between 2000 and 2012 healthcare costs as a percentage of GDP in the U.S. grew from 13.8 percent to 17.9 percent, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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  • Impact Of Population Health Management Systems On U.S. Healthcare
    Impact Of Population Health Management Systems On U.S. Healthcare

    Population health management (PHM) systems enable payer and provider organizations to analyze the patient populations they represent in order to identify the most high-risk, high-cost patients and implement preventative strategies to improve the morbidity and healthcare usage patterns in these groups. That there is an acute need for these systems is well established. The U.S. spends more on healthcare than similar developed countries. Moreover, costs are rising. Between 2000 and 2012 healthcare costs as a percentage of GDP in the U.S. grew from 13.8 percent to 17.9 percent, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • 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

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ARTICLES

  • Another Look At The Future Of Medical Processing
    Another Look At The Future Of Medical Processing

    Five years ago, the authors of this paper published their view of future trends in medical imaging in a paper titled, “The future of medical imaging.”1 Now, this paper will revisit those visions to reflect upon changes that have taken place and take another look forward at medical imaging.

Robotic Rib Spreading Tool To Help Patients Hurt Less And Heal Faster

One advanced technology company is taking on the challenge of developing hand-held, robotic surgical instruments to help patients hurt less and heal faster. High torque maxon motors ensure jerk-free movement of the tool. By Deb Setters, maxon precision motors; By Anja Schütz, maxon motor ag

Critical Factors To Consider In Selecting Medical Grade Silicones

Applied Silicone explains the different levels of testing required for implantable silicones, and offers advice for device manufacturers on the lookout for a long-term-implantable silicone supplier.

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).

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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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Engineering for Plastic Products

Engineering for Plastic Products

PTI offers plastic design and engineering services for the conversion of concepts into efficiently manufactured plastic medical products. The result is an optimum design with reduced parts, ease of assembly, and a reduced overall cost.  PTI’s plastics engineering services encompass the processing, design, development, and manufacture of complex geometrical plastic products.

Color CMOS USB Camera: SPOT Idea

Color CMOS USB Camera: SPOT Idea

These digital microscope CMOS cameras come in 1.3, 3.0, and 5.0 megapixel resolution versions. They feature high speed readout, 12-bit image capture, Correct Color Technology for vivid color enhancement, an external trigger output, and more.

Synthetic Fused Silica for High Optical Performance - DUV to UV/VIS Optics

Synthetic Fused Silica for High Optical Performance - DUV to UV/VIS Optics

Suprasil® 1 and Suprasil® 2 are high purity synthetic fused silica materials available in different grades for different applications.

Both grades are made from flame hydrolysis and are homogeneous in the primary functional direction. Both grades are made with low  impurities and therefore have low absorption in the DUV, UV and Visible range.

Detectors For Ionizing Radiation

Detectors For Ionizing Radiation

With the X-series First Sensor offers detectors for nuclear radiation including X-or gamma rays but also alpha or beta particle radiation. First Sensor can adopt its radiation detector technology to each individual application.

Custom Manufactured Windows

Custom Manufactured Windows

LaCroix Optical Company produces window substrates in a wide variety of shapes and sizes using optical or filter glass, fused silica or other glass-like materials. All of our windows are produced and if necessary coated at our facility in Batesville, Arkansas.

 

Precision Linear Servo Motor Table: 400LXR Series

Precision Linear Servo Motor Table: 400LXR Series

The 400LXR series of linear motor driven, high-speed, high-precision tables combines quick response, high acceleration, high velocity, and fast settling time with micron and sub-micron-level positioning. They’re offered in 100, 150, and 300mm widths with travel lengths and have been designed to accommodate the size and performance requirements typically associated with applications involving medical device design.

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