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    Michael Barbella, Managing Editor 12.02.19

  • The Cluster Effect in Orthopedics: Is It Sustainable?

    The Cluster Effect in Orthopedics: Is It Sustainable?

    For a long time, we all assumed Minnesota dominated the medical device industry worldwide, but is this true for the orthopedic surgical tools industry?
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 12.02.19

  • ‘If You’re Reading This, You Need to Be at This Meeting’

    ‘If You’re Reading This, You Need to Be at This Meeting’

    The AAOS/FDA/Industry Townhall is taking place March 24, 2020, at the AAOS annual meeting in Orlando.
    Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical 12.02.19


  • Turning the New EU MDR Into a Competitive Advantage

    Turning the New EU MDR Into a Competitive Advantage

    This column examines three new elements of the EU MDR that medical device manufacturers can leverage.
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  • Design | Large Joint | Spine/Neurology
    Five Reasons for the Small World of Orthopedic Product Development

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  • Impeachment, Executive Orders, and Must-Pass Congressional Legislation: A Fall Update

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  • Spine/Neurology
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    There are several different types of scoliosis, a condition that causes a sideways spinal curve, that affect children and adolescents.
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  • What Are Orthopedic Surgeon Salary and Employment Statistics?

    What Are Orthopedic Surgeon Salary and Employment Statistics?

    The percent of employed physicians is greater than self-employed physicians.
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  • U.S. May Offer a Safe Harbor from the Impending MDR Storm

    U.S. May Offer a Safe Harbor from the Impending MDR Storm

    There are factors that make for a more inviting environment for the medical device industry in the United States.
    Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical 09.17.19


  • How Identifying Gaps in Clinical Data Can Ease the Transition to New Regulations

    How Identifying Gaps in Clinical Data Can Ease the Transition to New Regulations

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    Mike Goodson, Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs, MCRA LLC 09.17.19

  • Software & Quality
    Benefiting from Paperless Production Records: A Case Study

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    Terrance Holbrook, Director of Product, MasterControl 09.17.19

  • Connecting the Dots in Medical Device Outsourcing

    Connecting the Dots in Medical Device Outsourcing

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    ODT Staff 08.14.19

  • What Keeps Hospital CEOs Awake at Night and How Can Medtech Help?

    What Keeps Hospital CEOs Awake at Night and How Can Medtech Help?

    With the continued surge of mergers and acquisitions, vertical integrations, and no clear U.S. policy or reform direction for our $3.6 trillion annual healthcare spend,1 the healthcare ecosystem remains in a phase of dramatic disruption. What Is K…
    Maria Shepherd, President and Founder, Medi-Vantage 08.14.19

  • Mayday: How the Upcoming MDR Implementation Forecasts Disaster for Our Industry

    Mayday: How the Upcoming MDR Implementation Forecasts Disaster for Our Industry

    I’m generally an optimistic person. My outgoing voicemail greeting encourages every caller to “keep smiling!” My wardrobe is about 40 percent “Life is Good” apparel and I keep a daily gratitude journal. Despite this s…
    Dawn A. Lissy, President & Founder, Empirical 08.14.19

  • Successful Strategies for Health Plan Medical Policy Outreach

    Successful Strategies for Health Plan Medical Policy Outreach

    Getting approval from the FDA can be a significant achievement for a company but a bigger challenge awaits for novel technologies: health payor acceptance and coverage. Adopting a novel technology does not occur easily due to complex commercial insur…
    Chelsey Jaworski and Anabel Tapia, MCRA 08.14.19