Driven by cost pressures and new media technologies, such as social media and electronic health records, medical and consumer devices are moving closer together. A panel at the AdvaMed 2012 conference held earlier this month discussed this trend and what it means for the industry.
A few points that stuck out include:
Patients are a new customer base for medical device companies. “The care...
Smartphones present a huge opportunity for medical electronics designers, but they also pose challenges for the medical electronics industry. That will be the subject of an AdvaMed webinar sponsored by set to take place later this month.
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Designers can tap into a huge...
Body Area Networks Hit the Big Time
These tiny electronic devices, which can be implanted or worn externally, can remotely monitor the heart, glucose, pulse and other vital data via a PC, and, more recently, through a wireless network. For mobile applications, the wireless chips themselves fall into a loosely defined category called body area networks (BANs). BAN has been talked about...
St. Jude is focusing on innovation in the face of softening demand for older devices, and Advamed weighs in on the medical device user fees deal.
St. Jude Banks on New Technologies in 2012
St. Jude will start selling minimally invasive aortic heart valves and an ablation device to treat hypertension in Europe by the end of the year, Starks said. Analysts estimate the valve market, now led...
In Tuesday night's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for a manufacturing renaissance in the United States. Some of the policies he suggested to help bring it about could affect medical electronics manufacturers.
The president lauded the American auto industry for adding 160,000 jobs since its government bailout in 2009 and said the same could happen in other industries....
In this week's news, MD+DI offers perspectives from the AdvaMed 2011 conference. Also, the inventor of the pacemaker died this week, at the age of 92.
MD+DI's exclusive coverage of AdvaMed 2011 (MD+DI)
A look at Samsung's entry into medical devices (Economist)
A medical monitoring device takes center stage at the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor (Foxnews.com)
Kathleen Sebelius wants medical...
This week, we look at the future of the medical device (it's in developing countries). Also, the price of medical devices hasn't increased as fast as other medical services over the past two decades, according to AdvaMed.
Medical Diagnoses Via Computer? Elementary, My Dear Watson! (MPMN)
Carbon Nanoparticles Break Barriers—and That May Not be Good (PHYSORG.com)
India, China, and...
This week, one investment research firm sees a strong second half of 2011 for medtech stocks. Also, Could Omar Ishrak save the medical device industry?
Investment Research Firm Sees Potential for Medtech Stocks in Second Half of 2011 (MASS DEVICE)
AdvaMed Report: Device Tax Will Result in 43,000 Job Losses (Star Tribune)
This week, two medical device makers were downgraded and Cisco unveiled a router that could make its way into medical electronics. Also, could medical devices save Steve Jobs?
Device Maker Gets Downgraded (msnbc.com)
Cisco Unveils New Router (eweek.com)
AdvaMed Spent $366K on Lobbying in Q2 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)
Five Medical Devices That Could Save Steve Jobs's Life (MassDevice)
The Advanced Medical Technology Association on Monday laid out a set of policy recommendations it says should be implemented in order to maintain the United States' position as the world leader in medical technology innovation.
"We know medical technology has a bright future. The question is: will that future be made in America—or somewhere else?" AdvaMed President and CEO ...