Feature Article

  • The Inevitability of Digital Health
    User-friendly technologies and better visibility into the cost of care are setting the stage for connected health to take off in Europe.
    (June, 2013)
  • Securing Inside Intelligence Using X-ray Inspection Systems
    The increasing complexity of medical devices is driving advances in industrial x-ray technology.
    (May, 2013)
  • Sidebar: Extreme Makeover for Medtech Engineers
    Go ahead, turn the world on its head. But you're not going to do it alone. After all, Steven Jobs did not invent the iPhone. He preached a vision that drove the Apple team to spectacular success. High-impact engineering for medical devices follows the same model, so get with a team, and lead that t...
    (April, 2013)
  • Rebuilding the Medtech Engineer
    The balance is swinging from high tech to the human touch for medical technology companies, as the emphasis in product development shifts from functionality to regulatory compliance, cost-effectiveness and usability.
    (April, 2013)
  • Sidebar: The MISRA Index
    C is a very malleable language that allows developers a high degree of flexibility. The downside is that many allowed practices can result in unstructured, hard- to-maintain or faulty code that permits memory overwrites, mismatched types and so forth. MISRA C consists of a list of rules that help d...
    (April, 2013)
  • Decoding MISRA C:2012 for Medtech Applications
    The newest version of MISRA lets software developers take advantage of more C features while mitigating risk for medical devices.
    (April, 2013)
  • Unlocking the Potential of Medical Nanotechnology
    To succeed as an enabling technology in the medtech sector, nanotechnology must contribute to the development of improved, cost-effective treatments and patient outcomes. Its application in diagnostics, imaging and regenerative medicine shows the way.
    (April, 2013)
  • Southeast Asian Economies Build a Harmonised Medical Device Market
    The ASEAN Medical Device Directive will establish a uniform medical device registration system for a market of 600 million people.
    (March, 2013)
  • Cardiac Tissue Engineering 2.0
    Next-generation heart valve devices, inspired by advances in tissue engineering, could result in new ways of treating heart disease.
    (March, 2013)
  • The Risks and Rewards of Medical Wireless Technology
    Patient security, reimbursement and product classification may be speed bumps on the road to widespread wireless connectivity in the medical device space, but make no mistake: the journey has begun, and you don’t want to be left behind.
    (March, 2013)
  • Design for X, and Be Prepared for Anything
    To effectively manage the entire lifecycle of a medical product, from creation to end-of-life processing, whilst achieving cost efficiencies, apply DFX principles from the outset.
    (March, 2013)
  • My, What an Ugly Baby!
    Design engineers can get so emotionally invested in their projects that they lose all objectivity and deliver an ugly baby that no one wants, least of all the customer. Cross-functional engagement and robust design controls can help to prevent that.
    (March, 2013)
  • Curing the Common Code
    The use of modern static analysis has brought long-term best practices to medical software development.
    (March, 2013)
  • Case study: reusable insulin pen
    A reusable insulin pen, designed by UK-based Industrial Design Consultancy Ltd (IDC), provides a good example of how engineering plastic material combinations can achieve optimal performance in a drug-delivery system. This injection system contains a number of components moulded from DuPont Performa...
    (February, 2013)
  • Designing Components for Drug-Delivery Systems that . . . Deliver
    Demand for functional part integration and a better user experience is driving the growing use of engineering polymers in drug-delivery devices.
    (February, 2013)
  • Eastern Europe: a Mosaic of Outsourcing Opportunities
    EU member states that were formerly part of the Eastern Bloc are all over the map in terms of global competitiveness. An EMS supplier to medtech manufacturers explains why it chose to locate its facility in Poland, rather than in one of the EMS giants in the region, and how that benefits its cus...
    (February, 2013)
  • Die Rolle von Echtzeit-Betriebssystemen bei der Zertifizierung von sicherheitskritischen medizinischen Systemen
    Sicherheitskritische Anforderungen in medizinischen Geräten nehmen zu, um die Zahl der Systemausfälle zu reduzieren. Schlüsselfertige Lösungen zur Einhaltung behördlicher Vorschriften können hier entscheidend zur Entwicklung hochwertiger, umfassend erprobter Embedded...
    (February, 2013)
  • Jobs und Karriere: Krisenfeste Medizintechnik
    Die Aussichten für Mitarbeiter im Medizintechnik-Markt sind hervorragend: Hier trifft Wachstum auf Fachkräftemangel.
    (February, 2013)
  • How Healthy Are Your Vital Signs Monitors?
    Vital signs monitors need to be checked regularly to ensure they work accurately and safely. This has led to the development of high-performance simulators to undertake vital signs simulation and performance testing.
    (November, 2012)
  • Japan’s Medical Device Market Is Getting Better . . .
    . . . a little better all the time. Historically hampered by a burdensome regulatory system, Japan’s medtech market is showing marked signs of improvement, thanks to efforts by the regulatory body to reduce product approval lag times and the government’s targeting of industry as a ke...
    (November, 2012)
  • Maintaining Polymer Colour and Clarity when Using Radiation Sterilisation Technologies
    Gamma and E-beam sterilisation methods are fast and effective. To take full advantage of these attributes, however, manufacturers should research the newest families of copolyesters that retain the glass-like clarity, colour stability and in-use toughness desired by clinical staff. 
    (November, 2012)
  • Developing Devices That Are Just What the Doctor Ordered
    Designing devices that precisely match real-world clinical needs depends on establishing effective partnerships with end users. Too few companies are doing that, or doing it poorly.
    (October, 2012)
  • Advancing Homecare Technology
    A newly developed ultralow-power MEMS accelerometer has multiple ambient assisted living applications.  
    (October, 2012)
  • Soft Power: How Biomedical Textiles Are Driving Innovation in Orthopaedics
    New biomedical materials are expanding orthopaedic design options. PEEK textiles, for example, which already are used in other therapeutic areas, now are proving their potential in the orthopaedic field. 
    (September, 2012)
  • A Roadmap to Service Excellence in a Rapidly Changing Business Landscape
    Product innovation is no longer enough to make you stand out from the crowd. Medtech manufacturers increasingly recognise that becoming a services and solutions provider is the way to gain a competitive advantage.
    (August, 2012)