medical devices

New EU rules on medical devices to enhance patient safety and modernise public health

There are over 500,000 types of medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic medical devices on the EU market. The existing regulatory framework dates back to the 1990s and consists of three Directives. However, problems with divergences in the interpretation and application of the rules, technological progress as well as incidents involving malfunctions of medical devices, e.g. the PIP breast implant [...]

April 21st, 2017|News|

3D Cell Culture Models Staring at a Bright Future

Medical science has taken giant strides ahead in the last two decades. With numerous advancements in the different fields of medicine, technology is playing an important role in the process. One such advancement that has gained significant equity in the last decade is 3D cell culture. 3D cell culture models are used to illustrate cellular [...]

April 20th, 2017|News|

How Philips is Using Augmented Reality to Improve the Accuracy of Spinal Surgery

In a preclinical study, neurosurgeons using augmented reality were able to more precisely place screws in cadavers’ spines. Royal Philips is working on an augmented reality surgical navigation technology designed to help surgeons perform image-guided open and minimally-invasive spine surgery. Augmented reality has implications for thoracic spine fusion surgery in adults, pediatric spine surgery, and [...]

April 10th, 2017|News|

Healthcare and Medical Devices Cybersecurity

2016 has definitely been a year of malicious code and cybersecurity. From Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Centre paying a $17,000 ransom and experiencing 10 days of downtime to Kansas Heart Hospital paying their ransom only to not get access to their file – security vulnerabilities are becoming a serious threat[1]. The healthcare IoT (Internet of Things) [...]

March 29th, 2017|News|

GE Buys Monica Healthcare for Wireless Fetal Monitoring Technology

GE Healthcare has bought wireless fetal monitoring business Monica Healthcare. The deal sees GE add a wearable patch that monitors maternal heart rate, fetal heart rate and uterine activity to the portfolio of its maternal-infant care unit. Monica Healthcare, a spinout from the University of Nottingham in England, has distributed its Novii wireless patch system [...]

March 23rd, 2017|News|

Wearable Medical Devices – are Companies Missing on a Breakthrough Opportunity?

Self-monitoring medical conditions with connected wearable medical devices offers the prospect of cutting NHS costs while involving individuals in their healthcare and promoting healthier lifestyles  We’ve never been more in control of monitoring our health. From wristband step and heart-rate trackers to weighing scales that monitor body fat, self-monitoring and wearable medical devices is changing the [...]

March 6th, 2017|News|

3D Printing of Medical Devices? Why not! – Future is Here

3D printing is a process that creates a three-dimensional object by building successive layers of raw material, with each new layer being attached to the previous one until the object is deemed complete. These kinds of objects can be produced from a digital 3D file, such as a computer-aided design (CAD) drawing or a Magnetic [...]

February 27th, 2017|News|

Smarter MRI diagnosis with nano MRI lamp

A research team led by CHEON Jinwoo at the Center for Nanomedicine, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), developed the Nano MRI Lamp: A new technology platform that tunes the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signals "ON" only in the presence of the targeted disease. Published in Nature Materials, this study can overcome the limitations [...]

February 15th, 2017|News|

Philips Proprietary Monitoring Technology Measures Patients Without Contact

Article taken from Philips News Article Philips announced the results of the first published study to demonstrate that absolute oxygen saturation of arterial blood (SpO2), a vital sign that is commonly monitored in hospitalized and other patients, can be accurately measured across multiple patients using contactless technology. The study, published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, used [...]

January 6th, 2017|News|

Unmet Needs Analysis in Medical Device New Product Development

IDR Medical has recently been working with a number of our clients to define and scope next generation products. A key element in this task is to identify unmet needs in the current generation of medical devices. This is a challenging task for a number of reasons: Perceptions of unmet need are tied to the [...]

April 27th, 2016|News|