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It Takes More Than Technology to Change Health Behaviors

April 14, 2014 by Stephanie Kreml

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Changing how people take care of themselves (e.g., taking prescriptions, diet, adequate exercise) has been very difficult, and it will take more than technology. That having been said, here are four technological innovations that might have a fighting chance of changing behaviors.[read more]

Growth in Sales of Products in Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering

April 12, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC

Tissue engineering and cell therapy comprise a market for regenerative products that has been growing and will continue to grow at over 20% annually through 2018. This market spans many specialties, the biggest of which is therapies for degenerative and traumatic orthopedic and spine applications.[read more]

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5 Ways Big Data Is Improving Patient Outcomes

April 9, 2014 by Doug Bennett

Big Data in healthcare

Today, as digitized healthcare brings Big Data analytics platforms into the equation, the goal of healthcare is being more fully realized through improved patient outcomes. Though many of the benefits of big data analytics in healthcare are yet to be realized, here’s a look at 5 ways big data is improving patient outcomes now.[read more]

Fundings in Medtech 2009-2014: A Contrarian View

April 5, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

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Medtech excels at crafting plain and simple solutions to disease, suffering, high healthcare costs and clinical need. Not every solution is a blockbuster — but medtech has proven its ability to keep pushing the treatment envelope by innovating a little further to gain a bit more edge on outcome or cost or both.[read more]

Hooray for High-Priced Hepatitis Treatment Sovaldi

April 4, 2014 by David E Williams

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Congratulations to Gilead Sciences for producing Sovaldi (sofosbuvir), which cures hepatitis C about 90 percent of the time. This is the American healthcare system at its best: providing rich rewards to those who bring truly innovative solutions to market first and not letting cost concerns lead to rationing.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: 7 Drivers of Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare

April 2, 2014 by David Davidovic

There are many things companies can do to facilitate disruptive discovery, design, development and marketing of new products and services; however, not much is said about market readiness as a success factor for these disruptions. Here are 7 ways to make it very attractive to introduce change and innovation.[read more]

Customer Service Portal for Medical Equipment Saves Time and Work

March 31, 2014 by Siemens Healthcare

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If you are wondering how to manage the performance and maintenance of various medical scanners, biomedical engineer Tobias Schröer from St. Johannes Hospital in Dortmund, Germany, can offer helpful insights. His greatest challenge at the moment is to network 35 different scanners into a common imaging repository.[read more]

Five Tips for Folding FDA’s New Medical App Oversight into Your Business Strategy

March 31, 2014 by Stephanie Kreml

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While the September 2013 FDA guidance for medical apps specified that it would require clearance of any app intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate or prevent a disease, it left an open door to exercise “enforcement discretion” if an app meets the technical definition of a medical device but poses a low risk to the patient.[read more]

WEF’s Top 10 Innovations for 2014: How May These Impact the Future of Healthcare?

March 27, 2014 by Patti Doherty, R.N.

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently issued its predictions for the top 10 emerging technological innovations, and at least three are directly related to healthcare. Even the innovations that aren’t immediately relevant to a healthcare issue might end up contributing to medical advances.[read more]

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Telemedicine Robots Let Doctors "Beam" into Hospitals

March 27, 2014 by Natalie Yeadon

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Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to “beam” themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies. These telepresence robots are expanding access to medical specialists, which has been a real advantage in rural areas where there is often a shortage of doctors.[read more]

Clinical and Technology Focus of New Medtech Startups

March 26, 2014 by Patrick Driscoll

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Since January 2011, a total of 245 new medtech companies have been founded and added to the Medtech Startups Database from MedMarket Diligence. The companies represented here cover a surprising range of innovations and clinical applications.[read more]

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Eliminating Shades of Gray in Anatomy: 7 Personalized Healthcare Tests

March 26, 2014 by Phil Cohen

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Personalized healthcare changes the healthcare industry for the better because patients receive care tailored to their unique genetic makeup. There's still a lot of research that needs to be done, but take a look at these seven personalized healthcare tests that are currently being researched and developed.[read more]