Greatest medical devices of all time… since now

The hard-working health care professionals we have today get a lot of help from amazing medical devices. The doctors, nurses and others from more than a century ago — and especially those from more than two centuries ago — would be amazed at the things that we can do in health care today. No matter your health care specialty, you have probably benefited from medical innovations.

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Credit: QMED

Recently Qmed surveyed its audience about their thoughts on what are the most important medical devices ever developed. At the top it was the hypodermic syringe. Along with the myriad of substances for which they are the prime, if not the only, delivery vehicle, have probably been responsible for saving more lives and alleviating more suffering than any other piece of medical technology. Completed the list the pacemaker, the eyeglasses, the X-ray machine, the MRI, the stethoscope, the band-aid, the catheter, the CT Scanner, the cochlear implant, the intraocular lenses and the heart valves.

Innovation within the medical device industry had led to tremendous advances in the provision of care for patients worldwide. But it is a process that needs to continue.

Our mission in Design Health Barcelona (d·HEALTH Barcelona) program is to train the next generation of healthcare innovators, the ones that will invent and implement the new biomedical products, through the biodesign process, a systematic approach based on unmet needs finding to later increase our ability to diagnose and treat conditions.

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d·HEALTH Barcelona 2013-2014 fellows

We are currently seeking the fellows for d·HEALTH Barcelona 2014-2015. Worldwide youngsters with interest in the development of medical technologies and with advanced degrees in engineering, design, business or life sciences are encouraged to apply before May 11, 2014.

We offer the fellows a once-in-a-life-time experience, first hand access to real-world experts from the medical technology, legal and venture capital sectors worldwide and a fun learning/working environment while they join an emerging field.

d·HEALTH Barcelona 2013-2014 fellows are currently prototyping their innovations. Will one of them join, in the future, the list of greatest medical devices ever? Or will be yours, future fellow reading this post? Only time will tell. Meantime, if you want to get more info about the application process or, even better, apply and become a member of our red polo shirts team, click here.

Moebio’s dictionary: the cross-concepts

“There are only two things wrong with education: 1) What we teach; 2) How we teach it.” Roger Schank

The world is facing huge challenges and they are growing daily in severity, scale, and complexity. If we are going to survive, we desperately need the next generation to be smarter, more adaptable, and better prepared than any that has gone before. Our only chance is to equip our young people with the skills and the attitudes to pursue this mission. The question is: Is that what our current education system does?

We have business schools, medicine schools, science schools… that offer framed professional knowledge and train people… to “old” jobs. However, only when we observe with new consciousness can we find different answers and fresh solutions to problems. Our education system should also train awareness of the global context in which these professionals will operate and give them the capabilities to do so.

Moebio has been conceived, from its very beginning, as a place where health, design, business and technology meet at a new dimension. A holistic training adapted to the current needs and scenario.

Even its’ name, Moebio, was coined based on this same idea. We were inspired by the Möbius strip, a two-dimensional sheet with only one surface discovered by the German mathematicians August Ferdinand Möbius and Johann Benedict Listing in 1858. The Möbius strip has been an object of fascination since its discovery and it has achieved a life of its own beyond mathematics in magic, science, engineering, literature, music, and art.

Moebio is the meeting point for people who want to change the game and it has its own dictionary with words that combine business, science, technology and health worlds. Our faculty has helped us to create and define these cross-concepts that we are now sharing with you. Watch the videos below to learn about crealeaderhsip, collinovation, multinomics and d·Health. What do you think about them? Do you have other cross-concepts in mind?

Christer Windelov-Lidzélius on crealeadership

Alfons Cornella on Coinnovation

Pep Torres on Multinomics

Lekshmy Parameswaran on d·HEALTH