Guest Columns

  1. Developing A Set Of Usability Guidelines For Mobile Health Applications
    5/29/2019

    Most mHealth does not have to meet the FDA requirements for application of human factors and usability engineering. Thus – to date -- the processes used to design and assess mHealth have been widely variable and developer dependent.

  2. Unboxing The Results: The State Of Medical Devices Development Survey 2019
    5/27/2019

    This annual survey of medical device professionals provides insight into how device development has changed in the past 12 months, current views on market challenges and trends, and the potential implications of these findings.

  3. “Work Harder” — And Other Ways To Completely Miss The Mark On Quality
    5/24/2019

    Why does “Quality” seem like such a slippery, elusive term? The answer is easy: It’s because the people who claim to know it really don’t. And everyone seems to go along with the rhetoric.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

    Despite the best efforts of those responsible for data integrity, the potential for human error is directly and indirectly impacted by the corporate, the national/regional , and quality culture of an organization.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.