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SURVEY CLOSING SOON! The Future of Change and Configuration Management

Your Input to Med-Tech Survey Donates to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

Axendia is conducting a research study to identify change and configuration management trends in the Medical Device Industry.  The survey will close on December 13, 2015.

Medical devices are in a constant state of evolution: providing new capabilities, addressing defects, adapting to changing markets or regulatory demands and reacting to competitive threats.

To access the survey, please click here.

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Compliance-First Approach Still Obstacle to Product Quality

 After Five Years, Compliance-First Approach Still Obstacle to Improving Product Quality


Five years ago we looked at the road blocks to improving product quality. In the intervening years there has been little change by most Med-Tech Companies. The matter of Product Quality vs. Compliance recently has been given a push toward the Quality side by efforts made by the FDA. The four-part whitepaper reveals how aligning process improvement initiatives with technology platforms and integrated approached to product quality can help Med-Tech organizations improve product quality, compliance and the bottom line. Continue reading

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IBM puts Watson to work at Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi R&D

By Ellyn McMullin, Research Associate, Axendia, Inc.

Three years after its victory on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! IBM Watson has evolved to represent a new era of computing. Today, Watson is no longer just the world’s most famous game-playing computer. IBM has put Watson to work in various industries. In healthcare, IBM is co-developing an application with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and partnering with WellPoint, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
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Are you Improving Processes or Merely Chasing Defects?

by Axendia Staff

While Medical Technology companies claim to embrace process improvement initiatives, most are chasing defect, according to our research shows

In this second installment in the whitepaper series, we discuss industry’s reactive nature and the need to shift to a proactive stance.

Defects are the primary driver for implementing process improvement initiatives.

  • Seventy-six percent of respondents cited reducing defects as a driver for implementing Process Improvement initiatives
  • Eighty-eight percent of respondents cited defects as the top form of Waste/Muda Impacting their organization

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The Many Sides of Process Improvement 1-Minute Video Briefing

By Axendia Staff

While Medical Technology companies claim to embrace process improvement initiatives, our research shows that they are still firefighting. They are using brute-force approaches to eliminate defects and support regulatory compliance.

Key findings, analysis and recommendations from this research are available in a series of four white papers under the umbrella: “Is Med-Tech Improving Processes or Chasing Defects.” Continue reading