The crowd at TEDMEDTEDMED 2012 kicked off yesterday in Washington, DC, with a session addressing the theme of “embracing the unconventional.”

The four-day conference brings together experts from a variety of disciplines to share knowledge and imagine the future of healthcare. The first session featured acrobatic and musical performances and talks by a lawyer, a graphic designer, and the founder of a healthcare nonprofit.

People working in healthcare tend to connect in silos, with specialists interacting mainly with others in the same field, said TEDMED curator and emcee Jay Walker. The goal of conference, he said, was to assemble a diverse crowd to...

April 11th, 2012
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Five Questions with Tim Mohn, Associate Director, Enterprise Quality Management Systems at Johnson & Johnson

1. Why are customer complaints important to medical device companies?

Device manufacturers are required to record, track and trend customer complaints according to the Quality System Regulation (QSR) defined in 21 CFR Part 820. In addition, FDA Part 803 regulations require firms that have received complaints of device malfunctions, serious injuries or deaths associated with medical devices to notify the FDA of the incident.

2. How do device companies typically manage this process?

This varies by company, but most struggle to maintain global visibility to the entire complaint process. Many companies have multiple layers of systems, from call intake systems supporting regional call centers to service and repair systems to inventory systems to CAPA systems. These are all designed to meet a specific business need, but none are designed to...

April 10th, 2012
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Beginning April 10 MD+DI will be offering coverage of the TEDMED 2012 conference being held from April 10-13 in Washington D.C. Be sure to keep checking MDDIOnline.com for the latest news, ideas, and medical device innovations being unveiled at the conference.
 
 
What is TEDMed?
 
TEDMED is a community of passionate, leading-edge thinkers and doers who come from every discipline within the fields of health and medicine, as well as from business, government, technology, academia, media and the arts. Every year, the community gathers at the annual TEDMED Conference, where TEDMED delegates “think out loud”...
April 9th, 2012
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MDEA Finalists Announced

 
The finalists of the 2012 MDEA Competition can be viewed at MDDIOnline.com
  

Google’s Project Glass Goggles.

 
By now you've probably seen Google's latest project. Clearly it promises some exciting things for the day-to-day consumer, even if they make the glasses ad enabled. But what about for the medical industry? Brian Buntz examines the potential of Google's Project Glass as a medical device.
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April 6th, 2012
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2011 saw a new award added to the roster of the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs)—the Lifetime Achievement Award. The bar for this new award is quite high. It honors an individual whose contributions during a long career have had a demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements in medical devices. There was no question that the 2011 recipient, Alfred Mann, Chairman and CEO of MannKind Corporation, was worthy of the honor. Mr. Mann’s achievements were off the charts.

2012 brings us an equally worthy candidate, yet with a slight twist. Presenting this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Thomas Fogarty will be a man worthy of the award himself—Dean Kamen. The awards ceremony takes place on May 23, during the MD&M East...

April 5th, 2012
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April 4th, 2012
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Panasonic Corp. of North America today announced it’s forming a new company to consolidate the former Panasonic Healthcare Group and the former Sanyo Biomedical Solutions division.

Called Panasonic Healthcare Co. of North America, the new entity will be based in Secaucus, NJ, with additional operations in Wood Dale, IL, and Houston. Yoshi Yuasa, who previously served as head of Panasonic Healthcare Group, will serve as president, according to a press release.

The company will focus on digital hearing instruments, the CardioHealth Station, pharmacy automation technology, and other biomedical and life science support products. It will also concentrate on energy savings and improving the efficiency of healthcare operations, in line with parent company Panasonic Corp.’s goal of becoming the leader...

April 3rd, 2012
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Putting medical diagnostic devices right into your body has been a growing trend and now a team of American and UK researchers is taking their own crack at it—and they’re taking their cue directly from nature.
 
In a project that will take place over the next few years, a team of researchers jointly backed by the American National Science Foundation and the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have set out to create what they have dubbed Cyberplasm, a sort of living robot that will have electronic visual and olfactory sensors modeled after animal cells as well as artificial muscles that will be powered by glucose. Scientists are looking to model Cyberplasm after the sea lamprey (aka the vampire fish), a parasitic fish native to the Atlantic ocean that nonetheless has a simple...
April 3rd, 2012
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According to the organizers of the upcoming AdvaMed 2012 conference, the event  is off to a strong start. For the first time since its inception in 2007, the medtech conference will be held outside of Washington, D.C. The group opted for the medical manufacturing hub of Boston, Mass. on October 1-3.

The call for company presentations will open today. Last year, more than 60 companies gave presentations. In 2012, the topics that will be covered include blood, cardiovascular, dental, diagnostics, imaging, IVD, health information technology, metabolic disease/obesity, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics/spine, technology transfer offices, and wound healing and tissue regeneration.

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April 2nd, 2012
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