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Briefs : Software
Four Best Practices for Software Testing
Four Best Practices for Software Testing

Great quality assurance is what turns great software into great product. Testing is a crucial part of any software development process, whether to ensure safety in a medical device, to minimize risk...

Four Best Practices for Software Testing
Features : Software
Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing
Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing

Orthopedic devices play a crucial role in providing pain relief, improving mobility, and enhancing the quality of life for patients suffering from musculoskeletal...

Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing
Briefs : Software
Advanced Design Tools for Additively Manufactured Medical Devices
Advanced Design Tools for Additively Manufactured Medical Devices

While the regulatory and validation burden can be high, it's not surprising that the medical device industry is one of the earliest adopters of additive manufacturing (AM, aka...

Advanced Design Tools for Additively Manufactured Medical Devices
News : Design
Inside Story: Allied Motion
Inside Story: Allied Motion

Many medical devices — from robotic surgery to autonomous delivery robots in hospitals, to dialysis equipment — use motion control products to operate. Allied Motion’s long and successful experience as a...

Inside Story: Allied Motion
R&D : Medical
Sensor-Packed Glove Could Aid Prosthetic Design
Sensor-Packed Glove Could Aid Prosthetic Design

Researchers have compiled a massive dataset that enables an AI system to recognize objects through touch alone. Signals are collected by a user wearing a sensor-packed glove while handling a...

Sensor-Packed Glove Could Aid Prosthetic Design
R&D : Medical
Engineers Develop More Stable, Efficient Prosthetic Foot
Engineers Develop More Stable, Efficient Prosthetic Foot

Engineers have developed a more stable prosthetic leg — and a better way of designing them — that could make challenging terrain more manageable for people who have lost a lower...

Engineers Develop More Stable, Efficient Prosthetic Foot
News : Medical
MD&M East: 2019 MDEA Winners Announced
MD&M East: 2019 MDEA Winners Announced
The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs) announced the 2019 winners across nine product categories at its annual awards ceremony that took place on June 11, in conjunction with Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) East.
MD&M East: 2019 MDEA Winners Announced
Features : Materials
Reimagining Innovation: Additive Manufacturing
Reimagining Innovation: Additive Manufacturing

In the injectable drug-delivery industry, expectations for improved patient experiences with administration and at-home delivery of therapeutic regimens are evolving. Products that combine the...

Reimagining Innovation: Additive Manufacturing
From the Editor : Design
From the Editor — Permanently Repealing the Device Tax to Protect Medical Innovation

A new house bill is set to end the medical device tax once and for all. H.R. 2207 was introduced in April — it’s goal to permanently repeal the medical device excise tax that was imposed as a provision of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

News : Medical
Guest Editorial: Value-Based Reimbursement Increases Risk of Medical Device Manufacturing
Guest Editorial: Value-Based Reimbursement Increases Risk of Medical Device Manufacturing

Under tremendous pressure to reduce costs, the healthcare industry is facing a monumental shift in how providers are reimbursed for delivering care....

Guest Editorial: Value-Based Reimbursement Increases Risk of Medical Device Manufacturing
Features : Medical
The Ergonomics of Robotics: Part 2
The Ergonomics of Robotics: Part 2

In this two-part series on robotics and wearable devices, part 1 highlighted the wearable device product category. Part 2 moves the discussion from wearable devices to how robotic surgery is changing the...

The Ergonomics of Robotics: Part 2
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
DEMYSTIFYING TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER in Medical Device Contract Manufacturing
DEMYSTIFYING TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER in Medical Device Contract Manufacturing

For medical device developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the transition from prototype to commercial-scale production with a contract manufacturing...

DEMYSTIFYING TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER in Medical Device Contract Manufacturing
Features : Connectivity
Electrical Connectors: Design Considerations for Medical Devices
Electrical Connectors: Design Considerations for Medical Devices

The myriad of devices used in surgical, interventional, imaging, diagnostic and therapeutic, sensors, and single-use medical applications use some form of transmission medium...

Electrical Connectors: Design Considerations for Medical Devices
INSIDER : Design
Bigger Teams: Not Always Better in Science and Tech
Bigger Teams: Not Always Better in Science and Tech

Examining 60 years of publications, researchers found that smaller teams were far more likely to introduce new ideas to science and technology, while larger teams more often developed and...

Bigger Teams: Not Always Better in Science and Tech
News : Medical
MD&M West: From Cybersecurity to Artificial Intelligence — Medtech Trends to Watch in 2019
MD&M West: From Cybersecurity to Artificial Intelligence — Medtech Trends to Watch in 2019

Medical Design Briefs is reporting from MD&M West 2019. Send us your questions and comments below.

ANAHEIM, CA — The factors...

MD&M West: From Cybersecurity to Artificial Intelligence — Medtech Trends to Watch in 2019
Features : Design
Investigating Cardiac Device Performance with Computer Modeling and Simulation
Investigating Cardiac Device Performance with Computer Modeling and Simulation

Why do some people develop malfunction of their mitral valve (MV) after a heart attack? The answers are complex, and treatments are not yet perfected. But...

Investigating Cardiac Device Performance with Computer Modeling and Simulation
Features : Design
Medical Device Design: The Importance of Thoughtful Adhesive Selection
Medical Device Design: The Importance of Thoughtful Adhesive Selection

Selecting an adhesive when designing a wearable medical device is not a trivial exercise. Too often the adhesive selection process is executed with the mindset “tape is...

Medical Device Design: The Importance of Thoughtful Adhesive Selection
Briefs : Medical
Promising Diagnostic Tool for Alzheimer's Disease Identified
Promising Diagnostic Tool for Alzheimer's Disease Identified

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have identified in live human brains new radioactive “tracer” molecules that bind to and “light up” tau tangles, a protein associated...

Promising Diagnostic Tool for Alzheimer's Disease Identified
Features : Design
The Ergonomics of Wearable Designs: Part 1
The Ergonomics of Wearable Designs: Part 1

The wearable device product category is exploding in healthcare design. Wearing these sensory devices that continuously collect, measure and report the user's physiology, exercise behavior,...

The Ergonomics of Wearable Designs: Part 1
INSIDER : Medical
Training Program Launched for Revolutionary Surgical Robotic System
Training Program Launched for Revolutionary Surgical Robotic System

A U.S.-based training program has been launched for Versius, a next-generation surgical robotic system that uses biomimicry to perform like a human arm. CMR Surgical has...

Training Program Launched for Revolutionary Surgical Robotic System
INSIDER : Design
Microneedles May Mean Quicker Diagnoses of Major Illnesses
Microneedles May Mean Quicker Diagnoses of Major Illnesses

A technique using microneedles able to draw relatively large amounts of interstitial fluid — a liquid that lurks just under the skin — opens new possibilities. Previously,...

Microneedles May Mean Quicker Diagnoses of Major Illnesses
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone
Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone

Device functionality is usually the starting point when designing devices. Another element that needs to be considered when designing devices and their subsequent components...

Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Customizing Implants With 3D Image Processing
Customizing Implants With 3D Image Processing

Long-term patient comfort is a key part in any implant surgeries. Accurate placements of implants, of knees, hips, and other medical devices, is crucial to reducing the risk of discomfort and the...

Customizing Implants With 3D Image Processing
Features : Packaging & Sterilization
Thinking Ahead Thermally: A Guide to Thermal Management Considerations for Medical Devices, Part 2
Thinking Ahead Thermally: A Guide to Thermal Management Considerations for Medical Devices, Part 2

As the medical device and engineering industry grows, there is also demand for better devices and equipment. Trends such as smaller and more...

Thinking Ahead Thermally: A Guide to Thermal Management Considerations for Medical Devices, Part 2
Features : Design
Key Human Factors Drive Design for Disposables, Test Kits and IFUs
Key Human Factors Drive Design for Disposables, Test Kits and IFUs

Bring to mind your last straight-out-of-the-box experience with a disposable medical device of any kind. Without a doubt, everyone has experienced the same frustrations:...

Key Human Factors Drive Design for Disposables, Test Kits and IFUs
Briefs : Design
Device Assesses and Monitors Lymphedema Noninvasively
Device Assesses and Monitors Lymphedema Noninvasively

Lymphedema is the swelling that generally occurs in the arms or legs caused by the removal of or damage to lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. Treating it at the earliest possible...

Device Assesses and Monitors Lymphedema Noninvasively

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