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Interview with Sailesh Chutani, CEO of Mobisante

January 27, 2015 by Tim Gee

Mobisante ultrasound system

My first exposure to Mobisante and their disruptive diagnostic ultrasound system was the mHealth Summit in November of 2010. I recently got Sailesh Chutani, co-founder and CEO of Mobisante, on the phone and we discussed their product strategy — a software based diagnostic ultrasound that runs on a variety of consumer electronics platforms.[read more]

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Cybersecurity in Medical Devices: Paranoia, or a Tangible Threat?

January 23, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

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When the US Food and Drug Administrationin October 2014 released a nine-page document of guidelines on how to manage the risk of cybersecurity in medical devices, many believed that the step was too little too late. The danger of hacking into hospital equipment is a problem that needs to be tackled right at the prototype and design stage.[read more]

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Crowdsourcing Citizen Superheroes

January 16, 2015 by Mike Hoaglin, MD

PulsePoint

PulsePoint is a new smartphone app and dispatch service that connects nearby CPR-trained first responders to victims in real-time. First responders who opt-in to the free service are alerted to the emergency by push notification on their iOS or Android smartphone and are directed to the scene.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Wearables for Health - A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep

January 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

I'm reporting from the third day of CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The majority of the innovations I've seen do not address healthcare, or even wellness; instead they are very enticing tools – some would say toys or just fashion items – for those who are already highly motivated and perhaps obsessive about tracking and quantifying themselves.[read more]

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Congenital Hearing Deformities at the Brink of a Breakthrough

January 12, 2015 by Nishita Pereira-Gracias

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The team at University College of London has created an exact replica of a human ear with the help of 3D scanning and printing technology, and while the procedure has already been tested on rats with successful results, human testing is projected to begin soon. It's a procedure that could mark the end of microtia in humans.[read more]

Surgical Sealants and Glues in the Balance of Wound Closure

January 5, 2015 by Patrick Driscoll

Sealants and glues are emerging as important adjunctive tools for sealing staple and suture lines, and some of these products also are being employed as general hemostatic agents to control bleeding in the surgical field. Manufacturers have also developed surgical sealants and glues that are designed for specific procedures.[read more]

Words to Avoid in Your Medical Marketing Communication

December 20, 2014 by Chen Sirkis

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There are many ways to differentiate a medical device and make it stand out. But too many companies choose to use the same words to do so. Here are the first 10 words to avoid when you create your next medical device marketing materials.[read more]

Disruptive Innovation or "Woo"?

December 15, 2014 by David Harlow

The term "disruptive innovation" gets bandied about quite a bit, and in recent weeks and months, it has been applied to the designs of Patrick Soon-Shiong and Elizabeth Holmes on changing medicine and health care. The former is focused on cancer diagnostics and treatments, the latter, on blood tests.[read more]

Intelligent Insights on mHealth, Wearable Devices and Consumer Behaviors

December 15, 2014 by Bill Crounse

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I was invited to mHealth to provide a keynote at a side meeting organized by the Intelligent Health Association. Association founder Harry Pappas and his team deserve kudos for organizing a truly stellar line-up of educational topics and for delivering a sizeable audience for the participating speaker and panelist presentations.[read more]

The Ministry of Health in Oman Moves from Analog to Digital Radiography

December 12, 2014 by Erica Carnevale

Hamdan Al Nasri, Head of Radiology Services, Ministry of Health, Oman, discusses how the organization has made the switch from analog to digital radiography, and the benefits that it has experienced since the switch has been made.[read more]

Inbound Marketing for Medical Devices: Mistakes to Avoid

December 10, 2014 by Jonathan Catley

Medical device marketing: what not

More and more companies are turning to an Inbound marketing strategy as we approach 2015 and the Medical Device industry is no different. An important aspect to any marketing strategy no matter what industry you're in is learning from your mistakes. Before you can figure out what strategy works, you have to figure out what not to do.[read more]

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Adapting to Millennials with Health Care Technology

December 10, 2014 by Charlie Kimball

Home health monitoring is going to increase in use over the next few years as doctors and patients seek more information, and the group of people most likely to embrace it wholeheartedly is the Millennials. Leveraging the reasons this is so could open up a market as large as the Boomers over the next decade.[read more]