Medical Companies: Don’t Just Design Devices. Design Solutions.

In August, 2014, consulting firm, PriceWaterouse Coopers released a report “Digital accelerators for a new innovation era”. In it, the authors note, “Drug and device companies need the right mix of digital tools and processes to accelerate innovation, or they risk displacement and missed growth opportunities in a New Health Economy that is demanding technologies to support measurable, value-driven care.”

Future of Funding for Medtech Uncertain?

Future of MedtechFrost & Sullivan’s Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) conference in Santa Clara last week promised the opportunity to interact with leading executives from a multitude of industries to discuss the challenges we all face.

Stratos Receives Top Honors from Seattle Business Magazine

Another Fun Stratos Oktoberfest

Thanks to all who attended Stratos' Open House Oktoberfest. The weather could not have been more beautiful and the company was pretty great too. Thanks to everyone on the Stratos team who worked hard to put this event together. Kaspar's Catering and the Bonnie Birch Trio also contributed to a memorable evening of great food and live music. Please be sure to join us next year. Prost!

Developing a product that includes software? Four things to know before you start.

The first thing you must determine prior to starting your project is whether or not it will be considered a medical device. According to the FDA, “Medical devices range from simple tongue depressors and bedpans to complex programmable pacemakers with micro-chip technology and laser surgical devices.” A bed pan is considered a medical device, however the Fitbit is not – so it’s important to find out how your product will be classified. Is there any potential for harm? Are there any safety risks are involved?

Growth Opportunities in Patient Compliance

John Havard, CTO of Stratos, participated on the panel for “Growth Opportunities in Patient Compliance” at MEDevice San Diego on September 2nd. John and other panelists identified the need to improve medication adherence, both from patient-centric issues, but also from therapy and infrastructure perspectives.

Product Designer Spotlight: Kim Langland, Software Engineer

Product Designer Spotlight is a monthly feature on our blog that highlights our talented team members. The month's spotlight is on Kim Langland from our Software Engineering team. 

Interesting Progress for Mobile Medical Apps

Here at Stratos we’ve thought a lot about how to make digital health products and wearable devices more meaningful. While it's good to know how many steps I took and how many calories I ate today, it would be even better to get some direction on what to do with the data.

Changing Role of the Pharmacist

News reports of the continuing rise of healthcare spending (by 2024, health spending will be nearly a fifth of the economy) and predictions on future costs due to chronic illness (more than ha

Medical Apps and the Search for Requirements

Three concerns that might jump out when companies start talking about developing medical apps: who the target user might be (physicians, patients, or consumers), the regulatory strategy (which might be no regulation at all, the strictest Class I, or somewhere in between), and how useful or useless they are (which is really the only thing that matters to anyone).


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