FROM THE ARTICLE: People who are prone to bleeding due to poor blood clotting, such as those with hemophilia or on anticoagulants, are often required to take blood tests. These test are usually done in clinics and hospitals, adding to the patient’s burden and expense of extra travel just to make sure that blood is adequately anticoagulated. New technology that is being developed at Qloudlab, a startup based at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, uses capabilities already present in today’s smartphone screens for blood coagulation testing.
FROM THE ARTICLE: Everyone knows that physicians are heavy users of mobile devices.
But how do they use smartphones and tablets? Wolters Klowers Health attempted to answer with their 2013 Physician Outlook Survey. The resulting infographic shows that 72% use their smartphones to calculate drug dosage, research medication side effects and medication interactions while 55% use tablets to do the same thing.
When it comes to communicating with nursing and other staff, it seems that smartphone users use it more often than tablet users. Forty-four percent use smartphones for such communication purposes while only 20% use tablets to do the same.
Senate Passes Food Allergies Awareness Bill in Md. ANNAPOLIS, Md. — County governments may soon have authority to make restaurants accommodate customers with food allergies.
FROM THE ARTICLE: Compared with bioresorbable stents, 3-D printed tissues, or cancer-fighting nanobots, medical pumps are hardly the most ‘sexy’ technology on the block. But without them, doctors and nurses couldn’t dispense fluids or medications. They couldn’t remove tissue or foreign material from wounds. And they couldn’t monitor a patient’s vital signs. Sexy? Well, no. But trying living without them.
Medical pumps can be based on different technologies, such as diaphragms or pneumatic drives. They can come in a variety of different shapes, sizes, flow-rate capacities, and pressure and vacuum ratings. At bottom, the choice of pump type depends on the performance requirements of the application in question. However, with the trend toward smaller and smaller medical devices, one thing is certain: Pump manufacturers are shrinking their designs, leading to growing interest in micropumps.
2013 MDEA Jurors discuss the 15th Anniversary of the MedTech Industry’s Premier Awards Program. UBM Canon is proud to celebrate a long tradition of innovation and design in medical device products. The MDEA program recognizes achievements of medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of healthcare. Since the MDEA’s inception in 1998, the program has honored over 500 groundbreaking products. We have prepared a video to commemorate the MDEA program and the impact it has had in the industry.
Several very cool products were reviewed at this year’s Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) in Los Angeles, CA. I served as a juror for this year’s competition. The annual event is sponsored by MD+DI and organized byUBM Canon and is recognized as the premier awards program for the medical technology community. For more information on the competition, visit the MDEA Web site.
Categories for the competition included: Critical-care and Emergency Products, Dental Instruments, Equipment and Supplies, Finished Packaging, General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products, Implant and Tissue Replacement Products, In-vitro Diagnostics, Over-the-Counter and Self Care Products, Radiological and Electromechanical Devices, Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products, Surgical Equipment Instruments and Supplies.
The 2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dr. Thomas Fogerty.
The Four Trends that we identified in this year’s competition included: Designed for Affordability, Easing the Burden of Chronic Disease, Products for Emerging Markets and Bringing Devices Down to size.
Listen to a Medical Design Roundtable Podcast with Ed Chekan, Craig Friedman, Stuart Karten and Steve Wilcox.