Departments


  • Large Joint
    AJRR Struggling to Find PROM Dates

    AJRR Struggling to Find PROM Dates

    Timothy Mojonnier owes his sanity to a walk around the block. The greater Chicago-area management consultant had been inching closer to the breaking point for years prior to that walk, courtesy of his steadily deteriorating knee. But each time Mojonn…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 05.23.19

  • U.S. Healthcare Spending in Orthopedics

    U.S. Healthcare Spending in Orthopedics

    While total 2017 U.S. healthcare spending grew by 3.9 percent to $3.5 trillion,1 it was at a lower rate than the 4.8 percent increase reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2016. The 2017 growth rate correlates to the lower i…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 05.23.19

  • 3-D Printing/Additive Mfg. | Assembly & Automation | Machining & Tooling | Materials
    What’s ‘In’ for Manufacturing? (Hint: It’s Not Neon)

    What’s ‘In’ for Manufacturing? (Hint: It’s Not Neon)

    It seems the only time I catch up on the latest clothing fashions is when I seek inspiration online for columns I write pertaining to trends. Each time I do, I’m reminded why I read magazines like MPO and ODT instead of something in the checkou…
    Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical 05.23.19

  • Medicare for All: Choice and Affordability for None

    Medicare for All: Choice and Affordability for None

    The term “Medicare for All” has increasingly become a rallying cry in the Democratic Party. The motto has become even more resounding as Republicans struggle to reach a consensus on what free-market healthcare reforms may look like. While…
    Jeffrey J. Kimbell, David C. Rudloff, Caroline P. Tucker, Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates Inc. 05.23.19

  • MIS/Robotics
    Justifying the Hype of Robotic Orthopedic Surgery

    Justifying the Hype of Robotic Orthopedic Surgery

    The robots are coming. But they’re not yet seeking subjugation of the human race. Instead, they want to perform surgery on our joints and spine. Last year’s “Top 10 Global Orthopedic Device Firms” reports made it clear roboti…
    Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 03.29.19

  • Spine/Neurology
    2019 Update on Surgical Management of Vertebral Compression Fracture: The Comeback Kid

    2019 Update on Surgical Management of Vertebral Compression Fracture: The Comeback Kid

    Ten years ago—2009—was a controversial time for spine surgeons. This was the year the outcomes of two randomized controlled trials were published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).1,2 The results? The outcomes for vertebral co…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 03.29.19

  • Design
    Regulatory Perspectives: Anatomy of a Medical Policy

    Regulatory Perspectives: Anatomy of a Medical Policy

    Health insurance is a contract between a third party payer (insurer) and an individual to help cover medical and surgical expenses. The insured party pays a premium to the health insurer for this benefit. The rights and obligations of the insured and…
    Bonnie Clothier and Simran Madhani, MCRA 03.29.19

  • Medtech and The Management Top 250

    Medtech and The Management Top 250

    Developed by the Drucker Institute and publicized by The Wall Street Journal, The Management Top 250 Ranking measures and ranks corporate competencies from 1-250 by scrutinizing operations in five areas: customer satisfaction, employee engagement and…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 02.13.19

  • 3-D Printing/Additive Mfg.
    The Gawky Teenage Phase: 3D Printing Enters Adolescence

    The Gawky Teenage Phase: 3D Printing Enters Adolescence

    As the mom of a young teen, I get a daily, real-time view of the of the challenges of a human doing his best to grow up. There are a lot of false starts, half-baked ideas, and epic fails, but there’s also tremendous potential and frequent victo…
    Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical 02.13.19

  • Biologics | MIS/Robotics | Trauma/Sports
    Global Prospects in Orthopedics

    Global Prospects in Orthopedics

    Camil Moldoveanu was fully prepared for the challenge. Or so he thought. The four-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion knew he would need significant rehabilitation for his knee injury. He also knew the recovery process would be difficult, and…
    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 11.30.18

  • Spine/Neurology
    Leveraging Innovation to Address the Opioid Crisis

    Leveraging Innovation to Address the Opioid Crisis

    The news has been devastating; according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) website, “every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids…including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and syn…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 11.30.18

  • Design | Research & Development
    MPO Summit: The View from the Top

    MPO Summit: The View from the Top

    It started with a wintry dusting of snow and ended in a blaze of autumnal glory. On top of a mini tour of Colorado’s best seasons, the two-day MPO Summit in Broomfield on Oct. 11-12 offered forecasts and insights into what it takes to weather c…
    Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical 11.30.18

  • Data Monitoring Committees: Making DMCs Work for Your Study

    Data Monitoring Committees: Making DMCs Work for Your Study

    The use of independent data monitoring committees is becoming increasingly prevalent in the U.S. medtech industry. The FDA outlines these groups and their operation in a 12-year-old guidance due to expire at the end of this year. However, the composi…
    Margeaux Rogers, Senior Associate, Regulatory Affairs, Musculoskeletal Clinical Regulatory Advisers LLC 11.30.18

  • Top 10 Findings from a Warning Letter Analysis

    Top 10 Findings from a Warning Letter Analysis

    When I first started out in medtech, I did not have a good appreciation for quality systems. I was working as an engineer at the time, and I found quality systems quite a nuisance because any change I proposed was either restricted or not allowed due…
    Linda Braddon, Ph.D., President and CEO, Secure BioMed Evaluations 11.30.18

  • Extremities | Large Joint | Materials | Spine/Neurology
    Recycling Implanted Metals From Beyond the Grave

    Recycling Implanted Metals From Beyond the Grave

    Ever wonder what happens to devices implanted in the body after their users pass away? Probably not, because the thought of it tends to make most people who aren’t ODT editors cringe. But as medical implants become more common, people are dy…
    Sam Brusco, Associate Editor 09.19.18

  • MIS/Robotics
    Premium Medtech Price Stategies for the Orthopedic Robotics Segment

    Premium Medtech Price Stategies for the Orthopedic Robotics Segment

    Growth in the market for surgical robots used in hip and knee orthopedic procedures was forecasted at $222 million in 2015 with anticipated growth to reach $5 billion by 20221 (Table 1). A substantial number of next- generation robotic devices, syste…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 09.19.18

  • A Different Class of Engineer: How to Connect with Rising Medtech Talent

    A Different Class of Engineer: How to Connect with Rising Medtech Talent

    My grandfather—a World War II veteran who worked at GE in my native Cleveland—was one of my most beloved family members. When I told him I wanted to study engineering in college, he told me to find a university where I could get real, on-…
    Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical 09.19.18

  • Getting Started on the Right Foot: Initiating Orthopedic Clinical Trials

    Getting Started on the Right Foot: Initiating Orthopedic Clinical Trials

    Initiating an orthopedic clinical trial (OCT) is an exciting milestone for companies as years of pre-clinical testing and conversations with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally come to fruition. Focusing on specific elements of the st…
    Bhavana Shivakumar , Clinical Research Associate, Musculoskeletal Clinical Regulatory Advisers LLC 09.19.18

  • Design
    Coming Clean: Developing Standards for Cleaning Reusable Devices and Instruments

    Coming Clean: Developing Standards for Cleaning Reusable Devices and Instruments

    Five years ago, I shuddered to read the headlines about “dirty” endoscopes being used in colonoscopies and the speculation that followed. Are colonoscopies really safe? Is this what’s creating new superbugs? Why weren’t hospit…
    Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical 08.15.18

  • Innovation in the 510(k) Space: A Case for Incrementalism

    Innovation in the 510(k) Space: A Case for Incrementalism

    Although the term “innovative technology” often evokes images of a breakthrough, radical discovery, or inventive cure-all, the certainty associated with incremental improvements to established, higher-risk technologies such as implantable…
    Samuel Pollard, Senior Regulatory Associate, Musculoskeletal Clinical Regulatory Advisors 08.15.18