Medical Device Recall and Security Status

2018-10-28T01:54:49+00:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Science|Tags: |

Medical device recalls reached record highs in the first three months of 2018 due to software complications that are likely to continue with the spread of high-tech devices. Device recalls increased 126 percent in the first quarter of 2018. At 343 recalls, it was the highest number in a single quarter since 2005, according to [...]

GE and Roche Partner on Clinical Decision Support Software

2018-10-07T20:36:41+00:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: Science|Tags: |

GE Healthcare and Roche entered into a strategic partnership to co-develop and co-market digital clinical decision support (CDS) solutions. GE Healthcare is a worldwide leader in medical imaging equipment, while Roche Diagnostics is the global leader in in-vitro diagnostics. The partnership will initially focus on products that accelerate and improve individualized treatment options for cancer [...]

Cyborg Practicality and You

2018-09-07T05:04:28+00:00May 25th, 2017|Categories: Science|Tags: |

How close are we to cyborgs being a practical reality? Some say that Dr. Kevin Warwick became the first cyborg back in 1998. While at the University of Reading in the U.K., he decided to implant a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip in his shoulder. He wanted to see how well sensors within his office building [...]

J&J and St. Jude Medical Device Cybersecurity

2018-09-09T04:52:11+00:00October 4th, 2016|Categories: Science|Tags: |

Medical device cybersecurity continues to be a major concern for companies given the impact breaches can have on the health of patients. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and St. Jude Medical are prime examples. Johnson & Johnson’s Animas unit recently disclosed cybersecurity flaws in its wirelessly controlled insulin pump that hackers could exploit and potentially deliver [...]

Novartis, Dexcom and Google Life Sciences Devices

2018-09-14T04:30:24+00:00October 6th, 2015|Categories: Science|Tags: |

Life science collaborations continue to evolve and so does Google. According to Reuters, Novartis plans the first human tests of a smart contact lens next year. Novartis is developing this lens with Google to help restore the eye's natural autofocus. More specifically, the lens is intended for people with age-related farsightedness, who can no longer [...]

Momentum for Medical Device Tax Repeal

2018-09-20T04:00:40+00:00July 7th, 2015|Categories: Science|Tags: |

Although the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision supporting the Affordable Care Act has made many people happy, there are still some who are working to repeal at least part of it. The Wall Street Journal reported that efforts to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device tax are continuing to gain momentum. In April, the U.S. [...]

COPD and Epilepsy Apps Enhance mHealth

2018-09-22T04:28:05+00:00April 7th, 2015|Categories: Science|Tags: |

If you thought smartphones, tablets and wearables being used as legitimate medical devices for more than monitoring your heart rate and storing basic medical history is a few years away, you might want to adjust your time horizon. LifeMap Solutions, a growing digital therapeutics provider, just launched a pilot program for its COPD Navigator app. [...]

The 3D Printing of Medical Devices

2014-10-07T09:00:40+00:00October 7th, 2014|Categories: Science|Tags: |

What happens if there is not a good medical device solution for patients because of high costs or just inadequate options? Instead of accepting that this is simply one of the difficulties patients and doctors face when using medical devices, some innovative thinkers find another way. Recently, this “way” has taken the form of a [...]

Google, Apple and Samsung’s Medical Device Quest

2014-07-03T09:00:45+00:00July 3rd, 2014|Categories: Science|Tags: |

At last week’s annual I/O conference, Google introduced Google Fit, its new approach for obtaining a foothold in the coveted medical device sector. Google Fit joins Apple’s HealthKit and Samsung’s SAMI in trying to consolidate health data collected from different apps and wearables to get a comprehensive view of someone’s health. At this point, the [...]