UL and VA Sign CRADA for Medical Device Cybersecurity Standards
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs on Wednesday, 22 June 2016
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Washington, DC, and UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Northbrook, IL, a global safety science organization, have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) for current and emerging medical devices cybersecurity standards and certification approaches.
Cheaper, Simpler Nanomaterial for Wearable Devices
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring, Surgical Robotics/Instruments on Tuesday, 21 June 2016
An international team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Korea University say that they have developed an ultrathin film that is both transparent and highly conductive to electric current, while also being cheaper and simpler to produce than current materials.
Wearable System to Predict, Prevent Asthma Attacks
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy on Thursday, 02 June 2016
A team of engineers at North Carolina State University has developed an integrated, wearable system called the Health and Environmental Tracker (HET), that, they say, can monitor a user’s environment, heart rate, and other variables to predict and prevent asthma attacks. They plan to begin testing the system on a larger subject population this summer.
Diabetes Technology Society Develops Cybersecurity Standard for Devices
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Diagnostics, Drug Delivery & Fluid Handling, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs, Patient Monitoring on Wednesday, 01 June 2016
The Diabetes Technology Society recently announced its new cybersecurity standard for interconnected diabetes devices called DTSec. The standard specifies performance requirements utilizing the ISO/IEC 15408 framework used to define security requirements on “smart” medical devices. DTSec is initially targeted for networked devices, such as continuous glucose monitors and wireless insulin pumps, but, the group says there is nothing inherent in it to preclude its application to any other medical product or component.
3D Printing Metals Suspended in Midair
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling on Thursday, 26 May 2016
A team of engineers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) say that a new form of 3D printing and laser annealing of conductive metallic inks without supports could lead to customized electronic and biomedical devices.
Edible Supercapacitors Could Replace Endoscopies
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Diagnostics, Implants & Prosthetics, Patient Monitoring on Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Engineers at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, have created an edible supercapacitor that, they say, can wipe out E. coli or power a camera from inside the body. Using edible foodstuffs like activated charcoal, gold leaf, seaweed, egg white, cheese, gelatin, and barbecue sauce, which can store and conduct electricity, and sandwiching them together, the researchers created supercapacitors that can store electrical energy temporarily.
3D Printing a Perfectly Fitting Prosthetic Socket
Posted in News, Computers, Electronics, Rapid Prototyping & Tooling, Implants & Prosthetics, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy on Tuesday, 17 May 2016
A masters student in product development at the School of Engineering at Lund University, Sweden, Emelie Strömshed,has developed a step-by-step process to combine prosthetic arm socket computer-aided design (CAD) data with 3D scan data of a patient’s residual limbs to create perfectly fitting 3D-printed prosthetic arm sockets.

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