Guest Columns

  1. Know Your Market: Leverage Data Transparency To Inform Precise Patient Journey Models
    5/22/2019

    The patient journey is unique to each patient, but organizing these journeys according to macro-level similarities for a given condition can pinpoint opportunities for therapy intervention and create far more effective market development and commercialization strategies.

  2. What Will The USMCA Mean For MedTech?
    5/20/2019

    Despite the contentious nature of the negotiations, as well as criticism levelled at some of the new provisions, analysts appear to agree that the USMCA represents an upgrade — albeit a modest one — over NAFTA for all parties included.

  3. Patent Strategy And The Internet Of Medical Things
    5/15/2019

    Not only must new IoMT patents make it through the typical granting process, the market’s size suggests that post-grant challenges may become increasingly common.

  4. A High-Level Overview of the Proposed Rule To Align FDA’s QSR with ISO 13485
    5/13/2019

    The latest version of ISO 13485 already contains several requirements that do not exist in 21 CFR 820. In advance of the new proposed rule’s release, this article presents a summary of the potential changes’ impacts on medical device manufacturers once the proposed rule becomes final.

  5. To Err Is Human: Contextual Communication’s Impact On Data Integrity
    5/8/2019

    Despite the best efforts of those directly responsible for data integrity, human error will still find its way into the equation and undermine the efforts. The potential for human error is directly and indirectly impacted by the corporate culture, the national/regional culture, and the quality culture of an organization.

  6. Impact Of Hospital Consolidation On Pricing Strategies In Medical Technology
    5/8/2019

    Reimbursement rates have not risen as rapidly as device and medical supply costs, putting cost pressures on hospitals. This, in turn, increases pricing pressure on device manufacturers, as consolidated health systems have more negotiating power.

  7. Understanding Costs And Risks For Human Factors Engineering (HFE) Usability Studies – Part 2: Outsourcing HFE Usability Testing
    5/6/2019

    This article -- the second in a two-part series -- examines how to navigate the complex problem of optimizing data quality while controlling for study costs and time constraints when employing independent HFE testing agencies.

  8. Change Impact Assessments: How To Fix Something Without Breaking Everything Else
    5/1/2019

    It is critical that companies in the medical device space have comprehensive, well-written, and descriptive procedures not only for documentation, but for assessing the impact of any and all changes, no matter how minor.

  9. Factors Undermining Your Lean Implementation (And How To Correct Them)
    4/29/2019

    This article is about an organization that can best be described as a “rudderless ship,” where Lean thinking was embraced, but implementation was scuttled by shifting priorities and reorganization, among other things.

  10. Protecting Implantable Medical Devices From Electromagnetic Interference
    4/24/2019

    While regulations are in place to help minimize EMI, some amounts are unavoidable, and larger amounts can be generated in rare circumstances, or in the event of device malfunction. Thus, preventative measures, including EMI shielding and filtering, must be employed to protect both implantable medical devices and their host patients.