Medtech complaint handling: Is there something to complain about?

Medtech complaint handling appears to be a work in process, according to Sparta Systems’s recent quality management market survey. The 2017 survey – which had 148 respondents in highly regulated industries including medical devices (23%) – found that nearly a quarter of those who answered did not have a well-defined and adopted complaint handling process. Only

Here’s how GE wants to make anesthesia machines smarter

GE officials think their Mini Field Agent – a plug-and-play connectivity device used in many industries – could enable smarter use of anesthesia machines and other medical devices. The Boston-based conglomerate (NYSE: GE) is in the process of rolling out an implementation of the Field Agent to health providers as part of GE Healthcare’s Carestation

How medical device risk management is connected with design controls

Medical device design controls play an important role when it comes to risk management, but the relationship isn’t always immediately clear. Intended use is especially important, says Jon Speer, founder of (Indianapolis), which markets a cloud-based quality management software. “If you don’t have a clear order or boundaries for conducting your risk management activities,

Is there a digital health solution for treating pain?

Could TENS devices be a potential answer to the opioid crisis? If they are, it’ll be thanks to digital health. Case in point is NeuroMetrix’s Quell device. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) gizmos have been around for decades. But they’ve had a reputation for being unwieldy, with a bunch of wires and pads. “TENS devices have been around

Sterimed acquires stake in ATH Medical

Sterimed announced that it has bought a 70% stake in ATH Medical. Geoffrey Broninx, founder of ATH Medical, will have the remaining 30% stake in the company. The financial details of the deal were not disclosed. ATH Medical creates traceability solutions for healthcare centers. It is known for its WhiteReader and Ancitrak products that help

Zeiss touts new imaging software

The new Zeiss Zen 2 core imaging software is a lab infrastructure booster that connects systems, data and workflows, according to its creator Zeiss. The software reflects multi-modal workflows in connected lab environments with a single general user interface, according to Zeiss. The company says the result is a boost in efficiency through interactive control of

Stryker launches new deformity correction hardware

Stryker’s Foot and Ankle business unit announced that it is launching its Hoffman LRF Hexapod hardware and online application for deformity correction. The Hoffmann LFR Hexapod uses mathematical algorithms to calculate solutions to correct deformities. “Stryker’s Hoffman LRF Hexapod and its innovative software is a step forward for surgeons and patients involved with complex deformity

iSpecimen launches biospecimen marketplace

iSpecimen has launched an online, data-rich marketplace that supplies human biospecimens to life science researchers. Deemed iSpecimen Marketplace, the platform is the first-of-its-kind. Millions of human biospecimens are available on the marketplace platform from healthcare organizations. With a multi-faceted search platform, biospecimens can be obtained in a more cost-effective manner. Before the marketplace, biomedical researchers

Is cryptocurrency crowdfunding the new hot fundraising strategy?

Healthcare cybersecurity startup Patientory recently announced that it raised $7.2 million over 3 days through cryptocurrency crowdfunding – a relatively new fundraising strategy. The crowdfunding drew in 1,728 contributors, who bought 70 million PTOY currency tokens between May 31 and June 3, according to a company news release. Atlanta-based Patientory floated the tokens on cryptocurrency exchanges including Bittrex, TokenMarket, HitBTC,

Artificial intelligence accurately predicts stroke risk

Machine-learning algorithms, a form of artificial intelligence, accurately predicted people’s risk of heart disease and stroke, according to new research from the University of Nottingham. Researchers and computer scientists compared the risk guidelines for heart disease and stroke from the American College of Cardiology with 4 machine-learning algorithms to analyze the risk of a patient

Is your ERP software increasing your recall risk?

Medical device product liability lawsuits are a stark reality in the manufacturing industry. Product liability can occur at one of these three phases in the product lifecyle: Design Manufacturing Marketing The best defense in the battle against device liability is a good offense. The right manufacturing and enterprise software can help you monitor and automate the entire production process

ZS introduces new analytics platform for life sciences industry

Global sales and marketing firm ZS has expanded its big data and analytics offerings with the release of an enterprise-grade, end-to-end analytics platform for the life sciences industry. Revo Analytics is an ecosystem of preconfigured business solutions and tools that span the entire analytics spectrum – from data ingestion and management to advanced analytics and

Fluence Analytics is Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies’s new name

Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies announced a comprehensive rebrand and a name change to Fluence Analytics. Fluence Analytics (New Orleans) provides proprietary hardware and software products for the industrial and laboratory monitoring of polymer and biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes and R&D applications. The company’s patented technologies improve production efficiency and quality as well as accelerate R&D. “Fluence

Medical Capital Innovation Competition winners announced

Cuyahoga County, BioEnterprise, HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) and The Global Center for Health Innovation (GCHI), on April 27 announced the inaugural Medical Capital Innovation Competition “All Things Data in Healthcare” winners: Open Division 1st Place/$50,000: MedRespond, Pittsburgh:  Patients often have questions about their medical treatment. Sometimes they don’t know what to expect

Philips’ digitized biopsied tissue slides wins FDA authorization

Philips recently received FDA permission to market its Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution (PIPS) – touted as the first whole slide imaging system over which pathologists can review digital versions slides prepared from biopsied tissue. The FDA permission, which the agency announced April 12, marks the first time the agency has allowed the marketing of a