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A blog about important topics for medical device and healthcare innovators.

Thinking outside of the box – or literally, outside of the product itself – has helped recent innovators discover expanded navigation solutions for otherwise tiny devices.

Watch interview between Aidan Petrie, Chief Innovation Officer, and Tim Reha at CES 2015 in Las Vegas.

The med tech industry is in in a period of massive change driven by several significant forces; the need to cut cost, the rise of a connected and informed patient population and a significant lag in technology adoption.

The Ximedica Technology Forum: A collective enterprise to share, disseminate and discuss new technologies, gadgets and innovations that have recently come into the public domain. One of the greatest advances in heath care today is inarguably attributed to the advances in sensor technologies. With the innumerable pros, e.g. patient compliance and empowerment towards more proactive care, the ability to monitor effects of say drug therapy there are also the cons, too much data, integration and cost. Therefore success is achieved when the following requirements are satisfied: wearability, reliability, security and interoperability. Trending now...

The Ximedica Technology Forum: A collective enterprise to share, disseminate and discuss new technologies, gadgets and innovations that have recently come into the public domain. As the world of health care continues to evolve, innovations in nonwoven materials are offering major solutions to problems we didn’t even know we had. Ranging from sensor laden-films to liquid battery components, the innovations coming out of colleges and universities around the world are providing endless opportunity for medical devices. Trending now…

While the adult healthcare industry continues to grow in size and cost, the world of children’s healthcare remains fragmented and out of focus. More specifically, innovations in pediatrics appeal to smaller markets, due to being broken into numerous developmental phases and categories within the industry. Adult medical product opportunities are versatile and therefore present a greater market need, hence children are often treated using adult-sized equipment (i.e. unnecessary lengths of IV tubing hanging from a child’s mobile unit). The focus on pediatric innovation is so divided that pediatric patients are not being treated with the devices and products they really need.

HFE/UE reports that only summarize HF usability validation evaluations won’t pass muster with FDA reviewers...

Last year, the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) released the draft guidance Safety Considerations for Container Labels and Carton Labeling Design to Minimize Medication Errors. It was written with the intent to provide guidance on using packaging design and labeling to determine medical dosage strength. The guidance acknowledges that the use of colored labels can be effective in drawing the user’s attention to important information, but emphasizes that the color is more of a supplement to—rather than a replacement for—the information gained by actually reading the label. For this reason, CDER cautions that all labels must be properly evaluated to minimize the occurrence of medication errors.

Several Ximedica experts weigh in on their thoughts on the patent for Sony's SmartWig.

The US has one of the largest healthcare markets in the world, but the average hospital barely breaks even due to rising costs and shrinking revenue. Day-to-day operations are reigning in supply costs by reprocessing, renting, using generics, and streamlining purchasing in an effort to improve margins. Stricter payment regimens from federal and commercial health plans and a recessionary mindset among patients further complicates these economics creating an emerging value system never before seen...


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