Incentives are the key to getting patients to engage with connected health devices in a meaningful way.

By Michael Dermer, Welltok Inc.


Weaving medical devices and consumer health technology into our daily lives has great potential to improve the health of our nation, but only if we truly optimize the use of the information tracked and have the right incentives in place to maintain engagement.

There’s no arguing that the connected health movement has reached a tipping point—52% of consumers are interested in buying wearable health trackers, according to the 2014 Accenture Digital Consumer Tech Survey, and...

March 10th, 2014

MIT Technology Review's list of the “50 Smartest Companies 2014” features quite a few medical device and healthcare technology innovators.

The list, compiled by the magazine's editors, is meant to “highlight companies that have displayed impressive innovations in the past year. It is not based on quantitative measures such as patents or R&D spending.”
Second Sight's Argus II retinal prosthesis earned the company a spot on MIT's Smartest Companies list.
Taking the No. 1 spot is Illumina, San Diego-based genome-sequencing company. Illumina's DNA sequencing machines...
March 5th, 2014

By Reade Harpham



Mobile device owners have developed an insatiable appetite for mHealth-related applications. According to industry estimates, by 2015, over half a billion people will be using mHealth apps.

The market has noticed, and to meet demand application developers are cranking out healthcare apps as fast as they can for a variety of uses. Some apps help people manage their own wellness. Others are used by healthcare professionals to access patient electronic health records. And some apps can even control medical devices, or display images and data that can be used by physicians to diagnose and treat disease.Some apps...
March 5th, 2014

quality assurance, quality control

Today's orthopedic practitioner and their technology-driven assets are a far cry from the bone saw wielding image of 100 years ago.

Today's implant surgeons are aided by all types of imagery, robotic assistants, and multiple types of implant devices for any type of knee, hip, spinal, hand or foot procedure that can be conceived. Yet with the operating room containing more supportive electronics than would have been found in even the most advanced medical research centers of the last century, implant manufacturers use 20th century techniques for quality control and manufacturing on the implants these same surgeons place inside us.

It appears that the medical community is just as unaware of the quality disconnect as they are of the actual cost of that implant. In a recent survey sample of 500 orthopedic...

March 3rd, 2014

         Hugo Campos and Amy Tenderich

                        Patient advocates Hugo Campos and Amy Tenderich

 In the era of Big Data, medical devices and hospitals will collect and analyze vast amounts of information in an effort to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. But this impending influx of information is creating a data dilemma that medtech needs to resolve as the growing number of empowered patients fight for the right to access their medical device data.

“[With] implantable cardiac devices, medical device companies don’t look at patients as their customers; the patient...

February 28th, 2014

Wearable technology is all the rage these days. Apple is rumored to be developing the iWatch. Samsung has released the Galaxy Gear, and BOW BOW (body-worn battery-operated wireless) devices abound everywhere.

But if you are looking for a user-friendly site to find wearables arranged by location in the body, by type of application and even as a straight up list, look no further than...

February 20th, 2014


TAVR, TAVI, aortic stenosis
The CoreValve Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement System from Medtronic


Roughly two years ago a Medtronic executive declared publicly that he was rooting for rival Edwards Lifesciences to succeed with its innovative transcatheter aortic valve replacement device.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement has been considered one of the more clinically exciting, minimally-invasive technologies in treating patients with diseased heart valves who can’t or won’t...

February 19th, 2014
Dr. James Truchard discusses cyber-physical systems and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“How many of you are wearing a physical watch right now?” Dr. James “Dr. T” Truchard asked the audience during his keynote at MD&M West 2014. Then, holding up his smartphone to laughter from the crowd, “And how many of you are wearing the redundant alternative?”

It's a basic example, but it also illustrates Truchard's point that cyber-physical systems (CPS), platforms that use computational elements to...
February 13th, 2014
Rich Lee talks DIY implants and body hacking with industry attendees MD&M West.
Body hacker and DIY implants expert Rich Lee took to the Center Stage at MDM West on Tuesday to reach out to the medical device community and talk more about the mysterious world of grinders – people who are creating their own implantable devices more medical and recreational purposes. Lee talked about a number of projects that he and other grinders are working on such as visual...
February 11th, 2014


Whether they require materials and electronic components or assembly and molding services, medical device OEMs collaborate with a host of vendors in the course of bringing their products to market. But with a plethora of suppliers from which to choose, how should the manufacturer go about selecting the right one for the right job? To answer this question, Jonathan M. Lewis, principal at Advanced Biomedical Consulting LLC, provides some guidance. Expanding on this theme, Lewis will speak on “Rating and Evaluating Vendors and Suppliers” at MD&M West on Monday, February 10, in Anaheim, CA.

“Supplier performance assessments truly depend on the...

February 6th, 2014