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The rise of medical devices has forced medical authorities to rapidly revaluate their processes as innovation continues to outpace regulation. We take a look back at some of the most notable developments in med tech, including a new method to grow bone from stem cells and a breakthrough in wireless charging for implants.

Also, we review the biggest stories from this year, including Silicon Valley Bank’s initiative to fund med tech innovation from the ground up, an innovative molecular imaging instrument that could help nip drug failure in the bud, and round up key machine learning developments in the medical field.

Plus, we find out how healthcare providers can realise the vision of connected healthcare delivery by capitalising on the second wave of digitisation, profile disposable diagnostics tools helping to address the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance, and explore the super-sized medical device sector in Costa Rica.

Finally, we take a look at the challenge of regulating 3D printed medical devices and ask if hospitals should eschew single use tools and focus on reusing more medical devices as a cheap and safe alternative to buying expensive new equipment.

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Under the skin: the medical device industry and the dark web

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Medical companies are some of the organisations most frequently targeted by cybercriminals, often using malware tools traded on the dark net, with 24% of dark web vendors offering access to the healthcare vertical market according to a University of Surrey report. But just how deep does the rabbit hole go? Chloe Kent investigates.

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AI and open sourcing: a new frontier for prosthetic leg design

Open-source projects allow clinicians to piggyback off of each other’s research and create the best artificial limbs possible. Scientists from the University of Michigan have now unveiled an artificially intelligent prosthetic leg that fellow researchers can access through open-sourcing, a development which has the potential to revolutionise the prosthetic leg industry. Chloe Kent reports.

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The age of the autonomous pharmacy

Omnicell UK recently launched its vision for the ‘Autonomous Pharmacy’, a future where medication is managed digitally in cloud-based, AI powered systems, freeing pharmacists from administrative tasks in order to spend more time with patients. Abi Millar finds out more.

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Q&A: Lifebank on the challenge of getting blood from A to B in Nigeria

In Nigeria, getting blood to a patient in need is a race against the clock, but the LifeBank app is revolutionising the way that blood is transported. Abi Millar finds out more about how LifeBank is speeding up blood deliveries, mobilising blood donations and saving lives.

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5G meets medicine: separating fact from fiction

5G has been hailed as the next frontier for medicine, introducing new remote surgery capabilities and expanding patient access to the internet in hospitals. But not everyone is convinced. Chloe Kent takes a look at the realistic impact that 5G could have on the industry.

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Meril Life Sciences: leading a growing Indian medtech sector

India’s medical device sector is undergoing a drastic transformation, with a new regulatory regime aimed at luring industry backers and priming it for significant growth. Meril Life Sciences, one of the country’s medtech leaders, tells Chloe Kent how the changing industry is shaping its business.

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Making electronic health records work

Electronic health records are now part of everyday healthcare, but few would claim they have reached their full potential, and for doctors, they have added an extra layer of administrative hassle. How can this time be cut down and the full range of benefits unlocked? Abi Millar reports.

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Snooze, you lose: the devices helping to understand the science of sleep

Failure to sleep between seven and nine hours a night is associated with a long list of physical and mental health problems, yet three quarters of UK adults reportedly sleep less than that. Now, medical device manufacturers are trying to unlock the science of sleep to help consumers catch a few more crucial hours of shut-eye. Chloe Kent reports.

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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Medical Technology, we examine the future of insulin delivery, get industry insight into choosing a contract device manufacturer, and explore whether more oversight is needed to make ensure the legitimacy of femtech devices.

Also, we debate the pros and cons of using Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to access NHS health information, take a look at an innovative tool that creates a 3D model of a patient’s heart using CAT scan data, and find out how neurotechnology is helping to treat patients.

Plus, we examine the potential of prescription video games, get an inside look at med tech investment funds with Vesalius, and, as always, GlobalData analysts provide insight into the biggest trends and innovations in the industry.