• The ABCs of ASC Cost Savings

    The ABCs of ASC Cost Savings

    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor || March 22, 2017
    Rick E. Parsons, M.D., isn’t a big fan of hospitals. His aversion is quite paradoxical, however, considering he’s a self-professed “adventure junkie” and orthopedic surgeon who’s worked at four different hospitals in…

  • HACs and How Orthopedic Surgical Devices  Can Help Reduce Medical Error

    HACs and How Orthopedic Surgical Devices Can Help Reduce Medical Error

    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage || March 22, 2017
    After a 30-year effort, data collected in 2014 and published in 20161 illustrated that there has been a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) since 2010. This data is impressive, as it represents a 2.1 million case decline in prev…

  • Three Places for Risk Management in Life Science Organizations

    Three Places for Risk Management in Life Science Organizations

    Alexa Sussman, Content Marketing Writer, EtQ || March 22, 2017
    By now, the concept of risk probably isn’t a brand new one—it has entered into many regulations, standards, and best practices. Risk-based thinking has become a cornerstone in many industries, especially those as critical as the life scie…

  • Testing…Testing…Is This Thing On? Should You Outsource Device Testing or Keep it In-House?

    Testing…Testing…Is This Thing On? Should You Outsource Device Testing or Keep it In-House?

    Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical || March 22, 2017
    When people ask me what I do, I often reply, “I break things for a living.” Yes, I say it with tongue firmly in cheek. That’s a gross oversimplification of a business I’ve been in for almost 20 years: mechanical testing for…

  • Risk Management Lessons Beyond ISO 14971

    Risk Management Lessons Beyond ISO 14971

    James A. Dunning, Owner, QPC Services, LLC || March 22, 2017
    Risk management used to be simple. Much simpler than it is now, if my memory serves me correctly. I’m not dreaming, am I? Risk management was simpler back in the day, wasn’t it? Alas, maybe it was never simple, and I’ve just forg…

  • Pace of Medtech M&A Activity Not Likely to Abate in 2017

    Pace of Medtech M&A Activity Not Likely to Abate in 2017

    Mark Bonifacio, Founder and President, Bonifacio Consulting Services || March 22, 2017
    Predicting the future can be risky and fraught with difficulty, especially in the healthcare sector. A myriad of unforeseen factors can affect outcomes, botching even the most conservative of forecasts. Some prophecies have better odds than others…

  • Debunking the Skepticism of the ‘Good Vibes’ Treatment

    Debunking the Skepticism of the ‘Good Vibes’ Treatment

    Sam Brusco, Associate Editor || February 23, 2017
    I expect readers will tire of hearing this from me in due time, but the opioid addiction crisis has, ironically, become a rather painful burden on the healthcare system. The scary reality of this crisis is that it’s not junkies abusing the syst…

  • AdvaMed and MassMEDIC:  Two Meetings You Should Attend in 2017

    AdvaMed and MassMEDIC: Two Meetings You Should Attend in 2017

    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage || February 23, 2017
    MassMEDIC and AdvaMed are two trade associations that lead the effort to advance medical technology around the world. These organizations act as a common voice for medical device, orthopedics, diagnostics, and health information technology companies.…

  • Smart Outsourcing:  Hiring the Team to Get Your Class III Device to Market

    Smart Outsourcing: Hiring the Team to Get Your Class III Device to Market

    Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical || February 23, 2017
    When Cartiva Inc. successfully sped through its Class III device premarket panel in less than half the average time—71 days instead of 159—that caught my attention. For more than 18 years, the Empirical family of companies has partnered w…

  • The Benefits of Electronic Medical Device Reporting

    The Benefits of Electronic Medical Device Reporting

    Emily Ysaguirre, Content Marketing Writer, VERSE Solutions || February 23, 2017
    Most tend to think of safety and quality in two separate spheres. In truth, these two are closely linked—having a total safety mindset often means having a quality mindset. Someone consistently acting in a high-risk manner will likely create pr…

  • The Form, Fit, and Function of the Quality Role

    The Form, Fit, and Function of the Quality Role

    James A. Dunning, Owner, QPC Services, LLC || February 23, 2017
    I think a lot about role of quality in companies today. This may seem odd, given my vast experience in quality and regulatory compliance, but there are still situations that are new to me. I have not, nor will I ever, “see it all.” Qualit…

  • Trump’s 100-Day (Plus) Plan for Medtech M&A

    Trump’s 100-Day (Plus) Plan for Medtech M&A

    Bryan Hughes, Director, P&M Corporate Finance || February 23, 2017
    Amid much pomp and circumstance, Donald J. Trump has been officially sworn in as the 45th U.S. president, bringing an end to the most inconceivable election cycle in modern history. As Trump’s reign begins, pundits, economists, and ordinary Ame…

  • A Peek at the Future of Orthopedics

    A Peek at the Future of Orthopedics

    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor || November 22, 2016
    Looking back is much easier than looking forward. Winston Churchill, despite his talent as a futurist (he foretold of compact engines, wireless telephones, synthetic biology, and material 30 times stronger than steel), was not very fond of prognostic…

  • Trends in Sports Medicine

    Trends in Sports Medicine

    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage || November 22, 2016
    Value-based care and hospital consolidation are having an impact on the practice of medicine. However, it is important to recognize that sports medicine surgeons are still some of the most highly paid in the U.S. Family medicine physicians on av…

  • David vs. Goliath:  How a Small Startup Managed to Slingshot the FDA Approval Process

    David vs. Goliath: How a Small Startup Managed to Slingshot the FDA Approval Process

    Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical || November 22, 2016
    I chose a career in the medical device industry because I wanted to help people. Specifically, I wanted to help my father, a man who suffered lifelong neck problems because he worked as a mechanic for 40 years. I sought to create a solution to ease h…

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