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2024: Emerging Trends Shaping the Future of Healthcare

In the rapidly evolving landscape of healthcare, the integration of technology is driving a transformative shift. As industry navigates these technological frontiers, the collective goal is to enhance patient experiences, streamline processes, and make healthcare more accessible and equitable. This article explores key emerging trends that are not only improving patient engagement but are also set to redefine the future of healthcare.

2024 Predictions for Medical Packaging

What medical packaging trends are most likely to garner attention in 2024? Packaging Digest explored this during a virtual roundtable with industry experts.

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A New Day Is Coming for the Diagnostics Industry

There’s a new day coming for diagnostics and it’s all happening because of a merger. EDP Biotech and New Day Diagnostics are combining to help with the expedited development and commercialization of diagnostic tests.

One Giant Leap for Medtech

The moon landing was a giant leap in more ways than Neil Armstrong could probably have imagined when he took that historical first step on July 20, 1969. The medtech industry, for example, owes at least five major technological advancements to the Apollo 11 mission.

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Power Pairings Drive Medical Device Electronic Manufacturing Services

After dutifully conforming to gender and generational expectations for much of her life, the self-described “fitness junkie” is now shattering societal norms with her viral exercise videos on social media. In them, Rischko flaunts her fine fettle through synchronized dance moves (Dolly Parton/Kenny Rogers, Ben E. King, Sanika, Taylor Swift, and Famous Sally & YB, among others, provide the music), circuit training, spin classes, pull-ups, ab rollouts, and planks (her personal best was eight minutes, 40 seconds).

The benefits and applications of photochemical etching for medical technology

Complex, precision metal components are found in a variety of medical industry applications, and the demand for these parts is increasing with the medical technology industry’s rapid advancements. With robotics and AI technology’s increased use in medical technology environments, the need for highly specified and calibrated parts will only become greater and more urgent.

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Abbott bets on balloons in pulsed field ablation battle

The Volt cardiac ablation catheter has a balloon, something you won’t see on Medtronic’s PulseSelect PFA catheter — the first of its kind approved by the FDA — or the Farawave catheter in Boston Scientific’s Farapulse PFA system.

Advancing Medical Device Sustainability with Specialty Thermoplastics

By choosing specialty thermoplastics, device manufacturers can help reduce the environmental impact of their products while gaining plastic’s well-known benefits of expanded design freedom and streamlined, high-volume production of parts compared to metal alternatives.

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HCR Versatility Helps Manufacturers Shape Medical Devices

Typically used to fabricate various components, such as tubing, balloons, sheeting, and molded parts, HCRs consist of a high molecular weight siloxane polymer combined with silica to produce a silicone that has a claylike consistency in its uncured form.

Heart of Plastic, It’s (Not) Fantastic

This week in Pedersen’s POV, our senior editor takes a closer look at a study of microplastics found in heart tissue after surgery.

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Component Selection Considerations for Sensor-Driven Medical Devices

Companies introducing new sensor-driven technology into the biosensor market must make careful, strategic decisions during the design phase if their products are to compete with established players. Often lost in the excitement of burgeoning product ideas is the need for component compatibility, but this is a critical consideration that significantly impacts market viability.

3 inevitable innovations in materials for 3D printing orthopedics

3D printing for orthopedics is one of the most promising applications of additive manufacturing for medical devices.3D printing is already used to manufacture orthopedic implants and tools by device developers as large as Stryker — the world’s biggest orthopedics manufacturer — and startups like Restor3d.

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Additive Manufacturing Can Be a Superpower, If You Know How to Use It

As with any other type of manufacturing process for medical devices, additive manufacturing (AM) requires a specific and careful approach during the design and production-approval phases. When the proper steps are taken during the early stages of development, AM can serve as a powerful production resource.

Small patients, big design challenges: Pediatric device experts guide engineers on solutions

a panel featuring leading physicians and device innovators discussed the unique complexities and challenges of pediatric device development. Joining Søndergaard was Dr. Byron Holt, chief of pediatric cardiology at the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease and so on.

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How Does Proactive Equipment Maintenance Improve Medical Product Quality?

Proactive equipment maintenance is crucial in the medical equipment manufacturing industry because it ensures the safety of the patients relying on medical products. Regularly inspecting and servicing your medical manufacturing equipment helps identify potential issues before they become major problems, preventing costly repairs, downtime, and even product recalls.

Don’t Let the EU MDR Transition Delay Fool You

A recent timeline shift for the European Union’s Medical Device Regulation (EU MDR) has created what one regulatory expert is calling, “The Great Misunderstanding of the MDR Amendment.”

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ISO 80369-7: Changing the Standard for Luer Connectors

ISO 80369 Part 7, the long-awaited replacement to ISO 594, introduced a number of changes to the standard governing dimensions and performance requirements of Luer connectors. Its publication in October 2016 capped a monumental change in the fundamental thinking surrounding devices that transfer liquids and gases in healthcare settings. Despite the Technical Committee’s desire to disrupt as little as possible surrounding the current practices with Luer connectors, ISO 80369-7 still makes many significant changes.

MasterControl Study: FDA, CPSC Recalls Up 115% Since 2018

MasterControl , a provider of quality and manufacturing software solutions for the life sciences industry, has released a new study analyzing five years of product recall data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) showing that recalls have increased more than 115 percent since 2018.

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Will Abbott Have a Strong Year for M&A?

During a 4Q23 earnings call, Ford was asked by an analyst about Abbott’s strong balance sheet, which was described as “$20 billion worth of firepower”, and if that would prompt the company to become involved with acquisitions this year.

MMT Acquires Ward Automation Galway, Somex: Launches MMT Automation Division

The addition of these technologies and services enables MMT to better serve its medical device manufacturing customers by offering highly specialized robotization and integrated solutions for their most challenging production needs.

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