Derek Mathers

Derek Mathers, 24—Director of R&D at Worrell, Adjunct Professor of 3-D Printing at the University of Minnesota

After graduating from college two years ago, Mathers started in Business Development at Worrell, a healthcare innovation company that designs and prototypes devices, services, and therapies for OEMs and startups. He was attracted to the position because of its focus on product development and the opportunity to use 3-D printing in healthcare applications. 3-D printing is a passion for Mathers and he teaches a class on the subject at the University of Minnesota.

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July 27th, 2016
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Omron Blauo

Omron Blauo, 25—CEO, Telescrypts

Blauo founded Telescrypts to offer high-quality, inexpensive wearable healthcare technology to remote populations in developing countries. The platform includes a durable sensor that is worn on a person's wrist. The sensor wirelessly collects patient data and that information is stored in the cloud. The data can be used by clinicians using a mobile platform. The technology is being piloted in Africa.

The company has locations outside the United States in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Arusha, Tanzania...

July 27th, 2016
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A novel trial design shares patient samples and takes a "universal analysis" approach to accelerate sepsis assays to FDA clearance.

Marie Thibault

Two sepsis assays recently attained FDA clearance in 90 days, a feat made possible by a partnership and innovative trial design.

Earlier this month, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., announced that its 2016 Procalcitonin MOnitoring SEpsis Study (MOSES) trial design allowed license partners Roche Diagnostics USA and bioMérieux to gain quick regulatory clearance. Both the Roche Elecsys BRAHMS PCT assay and the bioMérieux VIDAS BRAHMS PCT assay are now cleared to help assess risk and manage sepsis patients after diagnosis. Roche Diagnostics USA ...

July 20th, 2016
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This amendment clarifies the original intent of the third edition of the electrical safety standard, and some regulatory bodies have already started implementing it.

Marco Fedeli

Compliance with the IEC 60601 series is a requirement for certification of electrical medical products in many countries. While it has evolved over time to include a greater emphasis on risk management and essential performance, the Edition 3.0 contained ambiguities that made execution challenging. Global adoption of the Edition 3.0 has thus been slow, resulting in different transition times by each country’s testing agencies and regulatory bodies.

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July 19th, 2016
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Problems related to production controls account for almost a quarter of medical device recalls, and three failure modes are to blame in more than two-thirds of cases.

Joshua R. Dix, Suraj Ramachandran, and Darin S. Oppenheimer

Editor's Note: This is the third installment in a four-part series on the factors behind medtech's recall epidemic. Read Part 1 and Part 2.

When you take into consideration that elements of the manufacture and servicing of medical devices make up 24% of the controls set in...

July 18th, 2016
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Big data has applications in medtech that extend far beyond electronic health records. An analytics expert explains how data and algorithms have the potential to create a neuroassistive device to help paralyzed patients.

Marie Thibault

Ian Burkhart, who is paralyzed from his shoulders down, swipes a credit card with the help of the NeuroLife technology.

When we think of big data in healthcare, our minds often jump to analysis of patient data in electronic health records or determination of the best therapies for a particular cancer patient. 

But the realm of possibilities is even wider than that. As Stephanie Kute, manager of advanced analytics and health research at Battelle, pointed out in a recent...

July 14th, 2016
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Surgical Training
Developed at the Neurosurgical Simulation Research Centre in Montreal, the NeuroTouch system uses virtual reality combined with haptic feedback tools to enhance surgical simulation.  .

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July 13th, 2016
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Patient Monitoring
At this year's HIMSS conference, Masimo showcased a prototype of a system that paired its Radical 7 noninvasive patient monitoring device with a virtual reality headset from Atheer to give providers a heads-up view of patients' vital signs.
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July 13th, 2016
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PTSD Therapy
Skip Rizzo, a clinical psychologist and associate director for medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies, has researched use of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in exposure therapy to help veterans overcome post traumatic stress disorder.
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July 13th, 2016
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Prosthesis Training
Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have explored using the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to train amuputees on how to use upper limb prostheses.
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July 13th, 2016
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