A Ghost Map of Medical Device Companies in the UK and Ireland (c.1970-2021)

Continuing our occasional series looking at medical devices from a historical perspective, we here provide a foundational resource for those looking into medical device business history. Building on our earlier preliminary historical research concerning the publics of medical devices, we are here sharing a way to visualise some of the most important businesses for the … Continue reading “A Ghost Map of Medical Device Companies in the UK and Ireland (c.1970-2021)”

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Making Meaning in Medical Devices – A Historical View

This post is the second in an occasional series, building up a historical picture of the everyday cyborg. During my time with the Everyday Cyborgs project, I have catalogued historical newspaper articles that have used the term ‘medical device’, in order to chart its development in British popular media since 1945. Here are a few reflections on what I … Continue reading “Making Meaning in Medical Devices – A Historical View”

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Software as a Medical Device: A Bad Regulatory Fit?

This post introduces some of the gaps and uncertainties we are exploring in relation to software as a medical device Advances in information technology have resulted in increasingly complex or “smart” medical devices that are capable of running software, lending these devices ever more complex functionalities. Often the relevant software comes as part and parcel … Continue reading “Software as a Medical Device: A Bad Regulatory Fit?”

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DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems: Safety concerns and potential risks in perspective?

In this post we explore some of the risks and benefits of DIY Artificial Pancreas technologies. In future posts we will take a look at the law, ethics, and policy implications of these. In a previous post we explained how Do-it-Yourself Artificial Pancreas Systems (DIY APS) are systems made up of four interconnected components: a continuous … Continue reading “DIY Artificial Pancreas Systems: Safety concerns and potential risks in perspective?”

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Patients are doing it for themselves: DIY artificial pancreas systems and the challenge for doctors

Some people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) find current treatment options to be inadequate and unsatisfactory and have taken it upon themselves to design technological solutions which work for them. Tired of waiting for commercial solutions that meet their needs, patients are constructing their own Do-it-Yourself Artificial Pancreas Systems (DIY APS). Although still confined to … Continue reading “Patients are doing it for themselves: DIY artificial pancreas systems and the challenge for doctors”

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