Here's what type 1 diabetics want you to know about what it's like to use the devices you design.

As any medical device designer knows, obtaining user feedback is an important part of the design process. But getting honest input can also be tricky. Participants may say what they think you want them to say or simply be too shy to tell you how they really feel about the device they’re testing.

Luckily, the Internet is always there to provide a harsh dose of reality. Here are 11 memes created by type 1 diabetics that reveal the struggles they face in using the devices you make.

 

[image via Type 1 Diabetes Memes]

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September 8th, 2014
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A keynote by medtech inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen prompted one engineer to look back on what inspired his career.

By Bill Betten

Kamen spoke at the MD&M East Exposition in New York City this past June.

I recently attended a speech by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen. Kamen is most famously known as the inventor of the Segway, but in this case he was being recognized as the recipient of the 2014 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the medtech industry. Listening to his keynote address at the MD&M East Exposition in New York City triggered some thoughts...

August 29th, 2014
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No offense to the Dutch company Medtronic acquired this week, but it's the second acquisition the Minnesota device maker announced a day later that is worth paying attention to.

And it's not just because the second acquisition was more expensive.

Here's the facts:

On Tuesday, Medtronic announced that it is buying Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation, a deep brain stimulation firm for about $200 million in cash. The company, based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is developing a DBS lead with 40 individual stimulation points. The company will become part of Medtronic's neuromodulation business, and in the future serve as a as a global research and development center for that business. The acquisition is a small, tuck-in acquisition that all large companies make...

August 29th, 2014
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The folks over at Top Masters in Healthcare have donned their imagination hats to create this thought-provoking infographic about how the hospital room of tomorrow might look like.

As the infographic notes, all these gadgets and devices will certainly not be in one room together - honestly, it might scare off patients if they are taken into a hospital room to find an artificial womb, though many women might cheer. 

But the infographic captures in one fell swoop, what can be achieved in medicine through advanced in technology and science.  

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August 22nd, 2014
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By Scott Sheaf
 
The keynote address at this year’s Black Hat network security convention was delivered by Dan Geer, chief information security officer at venture capital firm In-Q-Tel. In-Q-Tel works closely with the U.S. Intelligence Community and Geer is known in the security industry as a visionary and thought leader. In his address, “Cybersecurity as Realpolitik” Geer laid out a set of recommended policies that he believes will help mitigate the ever-growing problem with software security. As a medical device developer, I found his recommendations far-ranging and somewhat unrealistic, but nevertheless, as keynote addresses should be, his ideas are very thought-provoking.
 
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August 19th, 2014
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Late last week news emerged that Medtronic hired a lobbying shop run by former senators Trent Lott and John Breaux to lead an effort to block Congressional efforts to make tax inversions more difficult.

More specifically the goal of these lobbyists would be to forward the medical device maker's agenda to acquire Ireland-based medical supplies maker for $43 billion. If successful, this would be one of the largest tax inversion in American history, and Congress is up in arms about corporations trying to escape high taxes in the U.S. and moving off shore for a...

August 15th, 2014
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Parks Associates has created this infographic recently that shows how heads of U.S. broadband households are using online digital health tools and services.

But a more detailed blog post from the market intelligence company provides a more specific answer about what specific activities U.S. consumers have performed under the overall umbrella of online health services. The answers are based on a survey the company conducted in the fourth quarter of last year and the infographic is based on that. 

Here's what Parks Associates asked consumers and how they responded:

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August 13th, 2014
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