good evening once again to all colleagues and our dearly sir charles for giving this lecture...
here i am again to attend for continuing education and would like to thanks DIGI-KEY and DESIGN NEWS for their initiative in creating this learning process that would be a valuable aside from the lecture plus the credits certification for all accomplishment we have been attended...
The earlier presentations discussed the need to encrypt patient data -- and yet the packets coming from some of the examples are relatively simple. Are the encryption requirements part of Continua's 11073 definition? What overheads/complications does this entail? Does this apply mostly to store and forward transmission of the data?
TimW - I have not run into am isolation issue with USB. There are a number of USB-based sensors and they are treated same as a standard USB cable - the isolation required in the USB std as well as the low voltages involved (3.3 and 5V) take them off the radar for safety issues. Anyone see anything different?
This track is especially revelent to me, since my 24 year old son is taking Biomedical Electronics Technology classes at American River College in Sacramento (the class meets at the UC Davis Medical Center).
good class Very Important Presentation... examples at the end help with the graphic learners like me ... would like to have seen more graphical representations (data structures, flow diagrams etc) ... would also like to see some reference material that you recommend
As to a "Intro to Medical Electronics" curriculum 'track' ... I would be thinking along the lines of a 'new hire training curriculum' examples of which can be found online. This need not be exhaustive in depth, but could be comprehensive in scope ... ie ... concepts, terminology, main issues, tools, techniques, technologies in a survey course that would allow an engineer (or for that matter, doctor) to understand the FDA process requirements and the state of the art (and industry issues) in the medical device arena ...
While I liek the chat functionality, it woudl be better if we all were viewing the slides on-line so that when the slide changes we would know about it. Sometimes difficult to determine when we are moving to the next slide.
Having gone through Domain, Service and Communication models at high level, would like to see data structures, flow diagrams, sample interaction example ... ie, brain thinking in graphics, text needs more help ... a few diagrams and explanations here ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO/IEEE_11073 but not a lot --- other reference material to share??
rswanson, I recall hearing the music on a diamond commercial years ago and then live at Honolulu Youth Symphony. I have an email in to the girl's mother who might remember the name of the music and author.
wow, on page 4 of today's slide deck, i see Charles's terms mangled as "Star Trek", "Transporter", "Personal Communicator". you can see the effect of C2H5OH last night, considering that home-made version costs only $2 / litre, or $1.5 / bottle. :) that is why i need a personal breatheriser! :))
@Tim_W On the right side of your screen is the Digi-Key Continuing Education Center banner. Near the bottom of the banner is "SEMESTERS 1 2 3." All of the previous (and upcoming) sessions may be found there.
The U.S. Medical Device Industry in 2012: (continued)
The U.S. medical device industry faces the confluence of many internal challenges. Four significant weaknesses of this ecosystem are: a growing talent and development gap, a slow and cumbersome regulatory system, an excise tax on medical devices, and a lack of a permanent R&D tax credit.
Foreign outsourcing of manufacturing, R&D, and other operations, combined with industry consolidation, is forecast to decrease the number of industry operators during the next five years. Small companies are common and typically specialize in developing niche technology, while larger players frequently seek to acquire these firms to expand their product range or gain access to a particular technology. However, during the past five years, consolidation has swept the industry, with the number of companies decreasing at an average annual rate of 5.5% to total 828.
Today, the United States is the acknowledged world leader in medical devices and diagnostic products. With more than half of the leading global medical device companies based in the United States, the industry currently employs more than 400,000 Americans directly and 2 million people indirectly.
During the past 50 years, the United States has provided an ideal environment for innovation that has facilitated significant advances in medical technology. This has been due to its;
market size, Regulatory Standards, the institutional knowledge available in both the government and in the universities, the increase in patient knowledge and demands, and its strong venture capital community ...
WASHINGTON — Harvard, MIT, and a coalition of other powerhouse research institutions have thwarted a reform proposal by the Obama administration to slash the amount of government research money each school receives for overhead costs.
The result is that about $10 billion a year, roughly a quarter of the nation's university research budget, will continue to be channeled into such things as administrative salaries and building depreciation instead of directly into scientific studies.
Critics say the system lacks accountability, unfairly rewards the biggest schools, and is an ineffective use of taxpayer research dollars in an era of fiscal austerity.
The $20B [Medical Device] tax was included in the Affordable Care Act that was signed into law in 2010. The amount is based on a 2.3% excise tax that will be levied on the total revenues of a company, regardless of whether a company generates a profit, starting in 2013. Many companies will owe more in taxes than they generate from their operations. The result will be devastating to innovation, patient care and job creation. ... ...
The overwhelming majority of innovation from the medical device industry comes from smaller manufacturers who work closely with clinicians and engineers to develop the therapies and treatments of tomorrow. If it is not repealed, this tax will stifle innovation, harm patient care and weaken the position of the United States as the global leader in medical device innovation.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
With strong marketplace demand for qualified engineers across the board that currently outstrips the available supply, there may never be a better time for engineers and project managers to advance their careers and salaries. Whether those moves are successful in the short-term and long-term is likely to depend on how the transition from one job to the next is handled.
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