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Empowering Remote Patient Monitoring with Flexible Printed Electronics

Telemedicine was already on the rise even before COVID-19 hit. However, it’s one thing for a medical professional to consult with a patient virtually – it’s a bigger challenge to perform diagnostics and monitoring from a distance. As our population grows and ages, along with the increasing rates of chronic health issues, our healthcare system is at risk of being overwhelmed. One strategy to keep up with demand and reduce overall cost is with remote patient monitoring.
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How to Boost Medical Scans & Procedures Accuracy: Radiopaque Markers

on 8/20/20 7:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables Printing Custom Converting Printed Indicators
Medical knowledge and technology have advanced at incredible rates. Many of today’s routine tests and procedures would have been unimaginable just a few decades ago. Yet with all the innovation, people are still the heart of our medical care. And that means human error is always a possibility. Take, for instance, the field of spinal surgery. According to a 2014 survey by the North American Spine Society (NASS), 68% of respondents stated that at some point in their careers, they performed either wrong-level exposures or wrong-level surgeries on the spine. Not only can inaccurate procedures be extremely harmful to patients but resulting lawsuits can result in damages over $1 million. Mistakes can happen in any area of medicine. While there are numerous factors that can cause them, many are preventable. One strategy is improving the accuracy of testing and procedures with radiopaque markers.
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Podcast: Bret Ludwig from 3M on Wearable Medical Skin Tape & Adhesives

on 8/6/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables Podcast
In this episode, we talked to Bret Ludwig, Senior Product Development Engineer at 3M. We talk a wide-ranging conversation with medical skin tapes on applications, different types of adhesives to use in different situations, and skin trauma.  Pretty much anybody who's looking to commercialize a wearable product shouldn't miss this because we cover all kinds of questions that are relevant to product teams.
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Where to Find Medical Device Components in the Real World

When working on a medical device, we are often so focused on our specific task or responsibility, it can be easy to lose sight of where your efforts fit into the big picture. But the reality is, what you’re making is being used in the real world by real people – whether directly by a patient or to help a medical professional do their job more effectively or efficiently. To keep this in perspective, here are a few common medical device components and the value that they provide.  
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How Converted Adhesives Can Improve Securement of Your Medical Device

on 6/17/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Wearables Custom Converting Adhesives
Millions of patients depend on medical devices for diagnosis, monitoring, or treatment of health conditions. An incredible amount of time and expertise is required to ensure these devices work properly – from extensive research and development to hands-on care from a medical professional. But at the end of the day, a medical device can only do its job when it’s effectively attached to the patient, which is why securement is a critical aspect to consider during product development.
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Using Digital Printing to Improve Wearables Design and Manufacturing

on 3/9/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Wearables Printing
As human beings, we’re creatures of habit. If something works for us in the past, we’re likely to take the same approach in the future. Or in other words: if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. However, in the competitive industry of medical devices – especially wearables – the status quo isn't always the best way to go. Take, for instance, the printing technique for your product. If you’ve been using traditional methods like flexographic and screen printing, now may be the time to switch to digital printing to improve the quality and manufacturability of your wearable.
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Making the Ultimate Wearable With Electronic Skin Patches

on 3/2/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Wearables Printing
There's no denying that wearable technology has revolutionized the medical device market. Whether for counting steps or monitoring cardiac rhythm, wearables can help people stay healthy and improve clinical outcomes. However, for as far as wearable technology has advanced, most products are still rigid, sometimes bulky devices that are worn by the user – not directly attached to the body. That means there's an opportunity to take wearables to the next level with electronic skin patches. In fact, according to IDTechEx, revenue from electronic skin patches will grow to $20B by 2029.
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7 Key Steps in Developing a Wearable Medical Device

on 2/24/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Wearables
So you want to develop a wearable medical device? The good news is that the industry is booming – with sales of medical wearables to reach $19.7 billion by 2024 (IDTechEx). However, that also means you're entering a competitive, saturated market. In our extensive experience in the medical device industry, it’s not just about what you’re making – it’s how you make it – that determines your success. While there are many nuanced steps to developing a medical wearable, here are a few of the most important aspects for you to consider.
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2 Important Things to Consider When Developing a Wearable

on 12/10/19 2:45 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Wearables Custom Converting
Wearables are the next frontier for medical and electronic device companies. The demand for consumer products to monitor fitness and personal health is on the rise. According to Accenture, the use of consumer wearable devices quadrupled in four years – going from 9% in 2014 to 33% in 2018. On the clinical side, wearable health technology such as EGG monitors, blood pressure monitors, and biosensors allow doctors to base decisions on real-time data, improve patient outcomes, and improve the efficiency of nurses and other medical staff. The development of wearable devices comes with unique design and manufacturing challenges. Here are two things to consider when developing a wearable.
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Tapecon Sponsoring, Presenting & Exhibiting at MEDTECH2017

Tapecon is a sponsor of MEDTECH2017, held on October 30-31, in Buffalo, NY.
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