Better medtech UDI management could be an app away

Boston-based 121nexus said it can solve UDI supply chain master data problems through image recognition technology. Experts say the best apps on the market are “peace of mind” apps. 121nexus aims to deliver that feeling with its scanner. The company launched a free scan app that can verify and “open up” GS1 and unique device

How to collaborate better with a product design firm

There are a number of things that medical device companies can do to ensure that their partnerships result in well-designed devices. Here are a few tips for successfully navigating a partnership with a product design firm. Sonja Takatori, Product Creation Studio So you’ve successfully interviewed, evaluated and selected a design firm to partner with on

These 5 surgical startups want to build the OR of the future

As with most medtech advances these days, a running theme among top surgical startups is value. Innovators presented their surgical platform products in various stages of development at this year’s AdvaMed MedTech Conference as part of the Medtech Innovator Program, offering a view of the future of ORs across the world. As mentioned, there are some running

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Middleware: How it’s changing medtech

Medtech developers can take advantage of middleware technology to gain a competitive advantage. Tim Gee, Medical Connectivity Consulting Two macro trends are affecting how medical devices and systems are designed: Adoption of off-the-shelf (OTS) computing technology to extend the power and capabilities of traditional embedded system medical devices; and the evolution of software architectures that greatly

OCTANe: Southern California leads in medtech jobs and job creation

Southern California in recent years provided the highest level of employment to medtech, according to U.S. Dept. of Commerce data compiled by OCTANe. Bill Carpou, OCTANe’s president and CEO, presented the statistics during his welcome address at the Medical Technology Innovation Forum (MTIF) earlier this week. The area including Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego employed

Medtronic’s CEO thinks value-based care is really important: Here’s why

Value-based care is the future of healthcare, and according to CEO Omar Ishrak, it is the past, present and future of Medtronic. Ishrak spoke at OCTANe’s Medical Technology Innovation Forum (MTIF) this week about the opportunity and responsibility medical device companies have when it comes to adopting value-based care models.  In this future, Ishrak sees

OCTANe Medical Technology Investors Forum gears up for healthcare value

Medical technology leaders continue to discuss the best ways to approach the changing landscape of healthcare. In offering higher levels of healthcare value, Bill Carpou, CEO of OCTANe, told Medical Design & Outsourcing that improving patient outcomes will be driven by artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality. OCTANe will be showcasing these and other

How to mitigate heating in a handheld surgical tool

Here are two main sources of power losses, and hence heating, when it comes to handheld surgical tool motors. Urs Kafader, Maxon Motor Motors operated at the rated torque limit can get very hot. In continuous operation, the winding can reach 155 °C, resulting in a housing temperature of some 120 °C. No surgeon would

How to add recyclability and sustainability into medtech plastics

Recyclability and sustainability have become very important to the medical device marketplace, and some companies are taking note. Jason Middleton, Ray Products Sustainability has become critical to medical businesses. Some implement sustainability to appeal to consumers. Others look to cut costs or align their business practices with their company mission. Whatever the motivation, 13% of company

10 tips for selecting and managing a medtech development partner

David Robson, Principal, RobsonAdvisors There many things to consider when searching for and interacting with a product development firm – and the stakes are high! Most early-stage medical device companies are only pursuing one product solution. It’s their baby and their only opportunity for success. With limited resources and tight schedules, it’s essential to retain

The trouble with tooling LSR and how to get molding costs down

Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is great for medical device applications, but is the tooling worth the trouble? Dave Theiss, Robin Industries Liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is a sought-after material for medical applications. But there are tooling challenges and expenses associated with LSR that need to be understood by medical manufacturers looking to use the material.

Who got picked for FDA’s digital health pre-cert pilot?

FDA has announced the names of the companies selected to participate in its digital health pre-cert pilot – a first-of-its-kind program aimed to revolutionize digital health regulation in the U.S. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, FDA’s commissioner, announced the nine participants of FDA’s digital health software precertification pilot program (FDA Pre-cert) last week during his keynote address at the

How 3D Systems helped separate conjoined twins

As 3D visualization and printing technologies improve, healthcare providers are able to plan for and increase the success of difficult surgeries. 3D Systems has a precision healthcare solutions team that provides simulation, surgical planning, and manufacturing. The team was recently involved in a rare case, in which conjoined twins were born as part of triplets.

Should the medical device industry pay user fees to CMS?

Achieving reimbursement from payers has become a major challenge for medical device companies. Could the solution lie in having them pay user fees to CMS – the way they do to FDA? That was the question floated by Nadim Yared, president of CVRx and the current chairman of AdvaMed, during this week’s Medtech Conference powered by

Why Flex is betting on stretchtronics for medtech

The wearable lab at Flex (formerly Flextronics) reports it’s making strides when it comes to creating devices that are transparent and seamless. “Usually when you think about healthcare, you picture a person in a bed with wires running all around. We think healthcare should be as easy as putting on a T-shirt,” said John Carlson, president