Tag Archives | Medical Device

Cyborg Practicality and You

How close are we to cyborgs being a practical reality? Some say that Dr. Kevin Warwick became the first cyborg back in 1998. While at the University of Reading in the U.K., he decided to implant a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip in his shoulder. He wanted to see how well sensors within his office building […]

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J&J and St. Jude Medical Device Cybersecurity

Medical device cybersecurity continues to be a major concern for companies given the impact breaches can have on the health of patients. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and St. Jude Medical are prime examples. Johnson & Johnson’s Animas unit recently disclosed cybersecurity flaws in its wirelessly controlled insulin pump that hackers could exploit and potentially deliver […]

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Toyota and Microsoft Devices for the Visually Impaired

It might not be that surprising to hear that a tech company is trying to develop a wearable device that helps visually impaired people get around by foot, but an automotive company doing so might make you do a double take. Double take aside, Toyota is working to develop a wearable device for the visually […]

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Novartis, Dexcom and Google Life Sciences Devices

Life science collaborations continue to evolve and so does Google. According to Reuters, Novartis plans the first human tests of a smart contact lens next year. Novartis is developing this lens with Google to help restore the eye’s natural autofocus. More specifically, the lens is intended for people with age-related farsightedness, who can no longer […]

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Momentum for Medical Device Tax Repeal

Although the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision supporting the Affordable Care Act has made many people happy, there are still some who are working to repeal at least part of it. The Wall Street Journal reported that efforts to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax are continuing to gain momentum. In April, the U.S. […]

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COPD and Epilepsy Apps Enhance mHealth

If you thought smartphones, tablets and wearables being used as legitimate medical devices for more than monitoring your heart rate and storing basic medical history is a few years away, you might want to adjust your time horizon. LifeMap Solutions, a growing digital therapeutics provider, just launched a pilot program for its COPD Navigator app. […]

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The 3D Printing of Medical Devices

What happens if there is not a good medical device solution for patients because of high costs or just inadequate options? Instead of accepting that this is simply one of the difficulties patients and doctors face when using medical devices, some innovative thinkers find another way. Recently, this “way” has taken the form of a […]

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Google, Apple and Samsung’s Medical Device Quest

At last week’s annual I/O conference, Google introduced Google Fit, its new approach for obtaining a foothold in the coveted medical device sector. Google Fit joins Apple’s HealthKit and Samsung’s SAMI in trying to consolidate health data collected from different apps and wearables to get a comprehensive view of someone’s health. At this point, the […]

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Medical Device Tax Survey Shows Substantial Job Losses

Since the beginning of 2013, medical device manufacturers have paid a 2.3 percent tax on the sale of medical devices such as artificial hips and pacemakers to help finance the cost of the Affordable Care Act. According to the results from a recently released survey by the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), the medical device […]

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