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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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Nitinol grips prevent slips in Abbott’s heart valve clips

Nitinol is a key material in the heart valve clips that Abbott designed for its TriClip and MitraClip transcatheter edge-to-edge repair (TEER) systems.

How Abbott created its next-gen RF ablation system

Pulsed field ablation (PFA) has generated a great deal of buzz for its potential to reduce complications in procedures for treating atrial fibrillation (AFib). But even as Abbott is developing its Volt PFA system — announcing in January that it kicked off a CE mark clinical trial of Volt — the medtech giant is betting that tried-and-true radiofrequency (RF) ablation can still make a big difference with the right innovations.

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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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Integrating Smart Technology into Wearable Device Design

Market research firms project that the market will reach about $250 billion in 2025 with a compound annual growth rate of nearly 20 percent. This prediction indicates significant opportunities for developing new and innovative mobile and wearable healthcare products. Figure 1 illustrates a few wearable medical devices and their connection to various medical services.

High voltage in the heart: PFA catheter design tips from Biosense Webster

Tushar Sharma at J&J Medtech’s Biosense Webster discusses pulsed field ablation (PFA) catheter shapes, sensors, electrodes and device design tips. Biosense Webster’s pulsed field ablation (PFA) catheter design and development starts in the heart.

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Unlocking Innovation in Small-Scale Fluid Control

Pump systems are ubiquitous in medical and life science products, from blood pressure monitors and drug-delivery devices, to pipettors and diagnostic instruments.

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.

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The Use of Parylene-Coated Mandrels in the Balloon Catheter Manufacturing Process

These minimally invasive procedures have vastly improved quality of life, increased patient safety, decreased recovery times, and lowered treatment costs for patients around the globe.

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.

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What Is a Hypodermic Tube?

As mentioned, hypotubing was developed to be used as needles for injecting or withdrawing body fluids. But in addition to this most common use case, such tubing has been used for decades in guidewires, like those used to install stents in obstructed vessels.

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.

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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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Getting to Yes From FDA

As the co-founder and CEO of FastWave Medical and the founder of Medsider, I’ve spoken to entrepreneurs who have found the regulatory journey to be more collaborative than confrontational.

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.

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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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