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"Intelligent" Implants: The Merging of Microprocessors and Mobile Technology

It was only a matter of time before the medical device industry integrated computers and mobile technology to improve upon its implantable devices. The future of orthopedics will be based on the integration of electronics, wireless telemetry and microsensors that can provide physicians with the data they need to improve patient care. This convergence is ushering in the next generation of "smart" orthopedic devices.

Cost Strategy for Medical Devices; How to Reduce Cost and How Not To

The need for cost reduction is growing as more companies struggle with global competition and the faltering economy. Companies can gain control over their costs by managing the way it is procured, manufactured, or sold.

Regulatory Requirements and Validation

Operational challenges often can lead to weaknesses and gaps in systems that deliver and sustain the validated state for devices and processes. As regulatory enforcement continues to grow, companies are discovering vulnerabilities in their validation programs that were intended to assure requirements are met and deliver safe and effective products. Learn how to identify gaps in their validation program and means to deliver prioritized and sustained remediation.

Advanced Orthopedic Technologies, Implants and Regenerative Products

Advanced orthopedics deals with those products involving new techniques and therapies. These products incorporate biotechnological advancements and improved methods for dealing with orthopedic injuries and conditions such as tissue engineering, bone implants and biomaterials. They provide a significant patient outcome over traditional methods, as well as improving healing and lowering overall care costs. For medical device companies, the design processes: ergonomics, pre-calculated engineering design, and usability become as important as regulatory compliance.

Additive Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping

Expectations for prototyping jobs have changed based on advances in technology. Additive manufacturing technologies are fast, efficient and more closely mirror actual production techniques, thus allowing development engineers additional technological evaluation capabilities, freedom of design and cost reduction.