Driving Healthcare Innovation Through Medical Device Design

The Regulatory Environment
As the industry continues to innovate and leverage new technologies, it is also plagued by a stringent and always changing regulatory environment. Healthcare institutions are always looking for ways to improve clinical trials of medical devices, and incorporate breakthrough technologies to meet the growing demands of patients, healthcare practitioners while at the same time meeting device guidelines and regulations. In addition, the increase in mobility, connectivity and portability of monitoring devices, medical device manufacturers are seeking to build cost-effective and cutting edge connected services.

Embracing IT Solutions
Healthcare policy reforms and technological advances have converged to drive demand for new and innovative medical devices for hospitals, healthcare institutions, laboratories and governments. However, with growth come significant challenges (and opportunities) – as guidelines and mandates are constantly evolving and changing the way medical devices are launched, IT solutions can help.

• Efficiently manage compliance issues, as well as customer service and complaint issues
• Improve product development and manufacturing processes across key operational functions and meet the demands of an increasingly stringent regulatory environment
• Minimize cost of product development and research while simultaneously improving time to market
• Enable superior research and development activities and ensure richer device (and healthcare) outcomes
• And overcome challenges across clinical development and production, using cutting-edge compliance management tactics, sales and marketing analytics and field service

Smart Engineering for Improved Healthcare Outcomes
Smart Engineering is the latest wave of engineering processes that’s enabling manufacturers to drive innovation in the product development space:
• With smart engineering, manufacturers can easily and quickly validate error-prone functionality early in the product development
• With such validation, manufacturers can significantly reduce costs and accelerate time-to-market
• Automation of tasks can result in massive productivity gains, and proactive risk mitigation can help ensure safe and reliable products
• Smart engineering enables robustness of product design that delivers high quality to patients and health care providers at affordable prices
• Smart data collection through the design stages leads to predictable outcomes in manufacturing
• Manufacturers can verify changes much before they are implemented, and build safer products with predictable outcome
• Smart engineering incorporates model-based development, with embedded hardware and firmware design, integration and test automation
• Using medical grade communication technologies and protocols, device manufacturers can build a connected ecosystem
• Application development and maintenance medical device design services help in building Electronic Medical Records as well as Personal Health Records(PHR)
• Infrastructure management services enable manufacturers to host solutions on the cloud and leverage the benefits of remote management
• And finally, quality assurance and regulatory services ensure accurate product validation, certification and submission for improved health management

Emerging as Winners
The healthcare industry’s dynamic nature puts continuous pressure on medical device manufacturers to continuously develop products and improve clinical outcomes and patient wellness. Device makers who adapt to industry trends and changes quickly and deliver unparalleled performance with focus on clinical outcomes and reduced support costs are the ones to emerge as winners and become leaders of tomorrow.

The Health Benefits of Yoghurt

This is something recently added to my diet in the smoothies that have replaced a normal cereal breakfast. Used in conjunction with 5 or 6 different fruits and a small teaspoon of Manuka honey plus a stick of celery my gut is now singing and alive. Concerned about toxicity from an incorrect diet and worried by a recent report of fat in the pancreas (which can lead to cancer) it was essential to repair my body and release it from the toxins.

My research into yoghurt has confirmed the importance of it for the digestive system, although it is not essential. Being a dairy product it does not appear to hinder arthritis although further research into that side of it is required. It does, however, contain essential minerals, vitamins, and calcium, plus other goodies.

The first thing is about good bacteria in the gut. This product is usually made from bacteria which puts it in the status of probiotics, and most have heard that word before. The term ‘pro-biotics’ literally means ‘for living things’. By way of contrast ‘anti-biotic’ means ‘against living things’. The latter destroys bacteria and the former replaces it with the good ones.

It is also animal protein because it comes from milk. That means it has calcium, vitamins B2, B12, potassium and magnesium.

Calcium: is essential for bone mass, while it assists in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. It is, therefore, good for all age groups.

Potassium is essential for heart, kidneys, and other organs to function properly. Low potassium leads to a risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, infertility, and digestive disorders.

Magnesium helps keep the blood pressure normal and the heart rhythm steady along with healthy bones. Studies in the US show that people who do not have enough magnesium in their system are likely to have elevated inflammatory markers which are associated with heart disease, diabetes, and a risk of osteoporosis. People with high blood pressure can also be helped.

Since including it in my diet the benefits have shown up in many ways, including the good-feeling in my digestive tract. That means it is doing its job and there is nothing to be lost or which is adverse against it.

People who suffer from any of the above mentioned problems might like to do their own research into ways to improve their diet and increase the health benefits. Along with taking yoghurt on a daily basis I have included a gym membership for essential exercise and have removed refined sugar and salt from food wherever possible. Bread intake is also greatly reduced and sometimes not required at all.

Important Factors You Cannot Forget When Buying An Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential oils have gained so much popularity because of their numerous benefits. They are largely used for aromatherapy and this kind of therapy is no longer limited to spas, but has found its way into homes. Most people love the calming effects of essential oils and use them not only to control moods, but to also enjoy restful peaceful nights.

A diffuser is used to release the selected essential oil or oils in just the right amounts and intervals depending on the preferences of the user. With the increased popularity of the oils, different kinds of diffusers have been created. It can be confusing if you are not very familiar with the diffusers, but using a few helpful factors it becomes easy to select the best.

Diffuser type

The mode of operation is what determines the type of diffuser. Generally there are ultrasonic diffusers which create ultrasonic vibrations that break down essential oil particles released into the air; nebulizing diffusers which work by blowing air on the surface of the oil creating fine spray or mist. There are also heat diffusers which heat the oils leading to their dispersal and evaporation at rapid rates and evaporative diffusers that blow air on pad saturated with the essential oils. Look at each of the options and the advantages of each to make an informed decision in the end. It is also important to remember that some of the diffusers work silently whereas some may produce noise as they operate.

Area coverage

Diffusers are not as large and hence finding the right spot for them in your home should not be that hard to do. However, it is important to consider how much of the space in the room they will be able to diffuse and circulate the essential oils to. A diffuser that covers a considerable amount of space is better than getting multiple devices to cater to your needs. Know the exact needs you have as far as coverage goes and you will be able to select the device that suits your space best.

Cost

When it comes to cost, the type of diffuser, the brand and the size may determine the prices attached. The design of the diffuser can also determine the amount you pay for it. It helps to do a comparison between the best essential oil diffusers so you are able to choose one that falls within your budget and one that is also bound to serve all your needs effectively.

Quality

Aromatherapy is something you may want to enjoy for a long time to come and this means that you need to settle for a high quality diffuser. Look at the materials used in making the diffuser so you can choose a durable piece. It may not be very advisable to go for very fragile materials considering you are prone to knocking it over, especially if you love it on your bedside stool. Think long term when weighing between best oil diffuser options.