Medtech stories we missed this week: Nov. 17, 2017

From Skyline Medical’s joint venture to Lensar receiving FDA clearance and CE Mark, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Skyline Medical launches JV deal with Helomics Skyline Medical announced in a Nov. 15 press release that it has signed a joint venture agreement with Helomics.

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

Bigfoot Biomedical CEO hits back against CMS over data-sharing decision

Bigfoot Biomedical CEO Jeffrey Brewer has spoken out about a recent data-sharing decision made by CMS, saying that he plans to lobby Medicare to reverse its latest move. Earlier this year, CMS said it would begin covering the use of particular continuous glucose monitors for people with diabetes. But since that decision, the agency has […]

How DarioHealth turned the smartphone into a user-friendly glucose monitor

When DarioHealth (NSDQ:DRIO) CEO Erez Raphael looks at the medical device world, he sees solutions that were designed by healthcare professionals and doctors – and this presents a stark contrast with the consumer device industry, he pointed out. “We have seen there are a lot of cases, most of the cases in the industry, where the […]

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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FDA approves first pill with sensor to track ingestion

The FDA today approved Abilify MyCite, the first drug in the U.S. to have an ingestible sensor embedded within the pill that can track if the medication was taken. The drug-device combination product is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia, acute treatment of manic and mixed episodes linked with bipolar I disorder and as an […]

How to protect your digital and mobile health innovations

Patent protection is becoming increasingly important for mobile health developers as more devices and applications join the connected world.  David Dykeman, Greenberg Traurig The emergence of medical mobile device apps and wearables is revolutionizing healthcare. Home monitoring, big data, the Internet of things (IoT) and personalized medicine are putting mobile health (“mHealth”) apps at users’

The top 10 medical disruptors of 2018

Each year the Cleveland Clinic determines what the top 10 disruptors in healthcare will be for the following year. The criteria to be considered a disruptor is that it has to be so innovative that it could change healthcare in a significant way in the next year. Approximately 150 to 200 Cleveland Clinic physicians from

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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

This lab-on-a-chip is bringing point-of-care diagnostics to smartphones

A new diagnostic platform that works using a smartphone is making point-of-care diagnostics easier for infectious diseases. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Washington at Tacoma developed a device that diagnoses infectious diseases at the point-of-care. The devices uses a smartphone as the detection instrument with a test kit

How a smartphone app can detect concussions on the sidelines

A new app from the University of Washington could screen for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries from a smartphone. Researchers at the University of Washington are currently working to develop a smartphone app that can detect brain injuries when they happen. The app’s goal is to detect the injuries on the sidelines of sports

How medical device developers can compete in a value-based system

Rob Morgan, VP Medical, Sagentia The shift toward value-based reimbursement in the U.S. (and similar models internationally) affects all aspects of healthcare processes and procedures – medical devices included. In a McKesson Corporation survey, U.S. healthcare providers reported 36% of their business had a value-based payment arrangement. By 2021, they expect that number to reach

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

Why Bigfoot Biomedical’s CEO thinks the diabetes industry has a data problem

Bigfoot Biomedical‘s chief executive is excited about Abbott‘s (NYSE:ABT) latest regulatory win – and it’s not just because the two companies have an established partnership. Yesterday, the FDA approved Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre Flash continuous glucose monitoring system. It’s the first device of its kind, allowing patients to track their blood glucose levels without the use […]

This app turns your smartphone into an ultrasound to measure heart health

Engineers at the California Institute of Technology have turned a smartphone camera into an ultrasound to non-invasively give detailed information about someone’s heart health. Ultrasound scans take 45 minutes using the machine. Using the Caltech-developed app, the procedure is cut down to a minute or two. Huntington Medical Research Institute engineers created a technique that