The Push for an Overdue Standard
Medical connectivity in hospitals is a very serious topic. It has caused more than a few problems and has gotten the attention of FDA and the healthcare industry. A recent article in The Boston Globe highlighted the severity of the problem, describing the lack of connectivity between devices in an operating room. Of course, it is natural to compare this technology lag to the hyperconnectivity of consumer products.
"It is really unacceptable, and it's one of the reasons we're unable to make dramatic improvements in patient safety," Julian Goldman, a Massachusetts General Hospital anesthesiologist, told the newspaper. Goldman is a proponent of a new generation of medical devices that talk to each other.
Perhaps a new standard will help push the industry in this direction. An article in this issue focuses on medical connectivity and a new IEC standard that can help medical manufacturers, hospitals, and network providers work together to improve patient safety.
Interconnected devices such as patient monitors, infusion pumps, central stations, and alarm systems in hospitals are at the heart of the problem. The article looks at some of the threats, including the use of medical devices on an enterprise network and the combined use of regulated devices to create systems of systems.
FDA’s Brian Fitzgerald is optimistic that the standard will be accepted by mid- to late 2010. But whether it’s a standard or the development of iPod-like medical devices, the times are changing, and patients expect more than ever from their healthcare experience.
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By Stuart Bestrom
Manufacturers struggle to manage their metal expenses amidst a temperamental market. Employing new strategies can help companies stabilize the cost.
The Forces that Could Change the Medical Device Market
By Jim Austin, Terry Fadem, and Paul Schoemaker
The factors that previously helped the U.S. device market grow could be nonexistent by 2015. Four different scenarios are analyzed to see how they might affect the industry.
The Digital Difference Maker for Bioprosthetic Tissue Valves
By Melissa Denton and Steven Ford
Bioprosthetic tissue valves offer many advantages over their mechanical counterparts. Finite-element analysis (FEA) software helps designers further improve the valves.
Off to a Good Start: The Importance of Prototype Selection
By John Mugan
A bad prototype can derail an expected product development timeline. Before investing, companies should consider many different options.
Web Exclusive! Get updated on prototyping medical devices. MD&DI's online videos demonstrate the CAD initialization and the functionality of a vacuum cast prototype.
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Watch for the new Med-Tech Video Vault, a joint venture of MD&DI and MPMN. The videos—which will be shot during MD&M West—will feature demonstrations of new and exciting products. This resource is designed as one more way to make it easier for you to source products and services.
30 Most Influential Medical Devices
To celebrate MD&DI's 30th anniversary, we're looking for the 30 devices that have most changed the industry. Follow this link to submit a device.
Cutting Off Industry Access
Team Obama could make it harder for both lobbyists and medical device executives to talk to FDA.
Speeding Up the Inspection Process
FDA's third-party inspection program can allow companies to save time and money.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) continues to accept entries for its 2008 competition. To be eligible, products must be commercially available—able to be ordered or purchased—by December 31, 2008. The final deadline for entries (with payment of a late fee) is January 20, 2009.
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