BY LEE GOLDBERG | EDITOR
One of the many lessons I learned while working 20-plus years in the
electronics industry is that a product
must closely reflect the wants and needs
of its end-users or risk becoming obsolete. Now, after having spent 20 years
as a tech journalist, I believe the same
lesson applies to publishing. That’s why
the Medical Design Technology editorial
team is in the process of fine-tuning our
portfolio to better serve your needs and
interests both in print and online.
As part of this process, we’re turning
to you, our loyal readers for guidance.
We’d like to know what we can do to
make your professional life and reading
experience easier, more productive, and
hopefully more entertaining.
The MDT team is already working
behind the scenes on cover story strategies and a few fresh adjustments to our
layout that make the magazine easier
to navigate. We’re also hard at work
cultivating sources who can improve
the depth and quality of the contributed
technical articles published in print and
online. You’ll see some of these improvements in the early part of 2017. Other
changes, such as print issues that focus
on a single theme or technology, will
gradually be implemented mid-2017.
But there are many other decisions
about what MDT will become that we
need to make over the next few months.
I invite you to play a major role in those
decisions by providing us with some
much-needed feedback. There are several
ways you can make your voice heard –
and believe me, we’ll be listening!
The first way to share your thoughts
is to participate in an online survey
we’ve prepared. It will help us learn a
little more about you, your informational
needs, and how you prefer to digest the
material. We’ll keep the survey as short
and sweet as possible, and we are sweetening the pot with prize offerings for
some lucky participants. Please drop by:
Carlos Castillo, Biomedical Engineer &
Research Biomedical Engineering Advisor, Loma
Linda University Zhang Neuroscience Laboratory
Marc Dubreuil, Vice President of
Business Development, Farm Design
Stephen Holloway, Associate Director,
Medical Devices and Healthcare IT, IHS
Jinny Lee, Vice President of Strategic Marketing,
Advanced Technology, Edwards Lifesciences
Tom O’Dwyer, Director of Healthcare
Technology, Analog Devices
Michael Pereira, Senior Vice President of
Technology & Operations, Ximedica
Alan Schwartz, Executive Vice President,
mdi Consultants Inc.
Thomas M. Tsakeris, President, Devices and
Diagnostics Consulting Group
Jan Wittenber, Member of IEEE and Fellow at
the Center for Medical Interoperability
Derek Young, Founder & CEO, i360medical
for a New Year –Your
Feedback is Invited!
to share your feedback with us and qualify for the prize drawing.
If you have comments or concerns
that don’t fit within the survey’s fixed
format, you can always write to me
In addition to your thoughts about our
format, please feel free to share ideas
you have for new topics, technologies, or
types of stories you’d like to see in print
Further, we are always looking for
readers to become more deeply involved,
perhaps as an editorial contributor?
It’s been more than two decades since
I made my living as an engineer, so
I’m looking to you to share your more
recent experience and insights with
fellow readers. This can be in the form
of contributed articles that shed light
on a specific technology or design issue.
We also welcome blogs that comment
on nearly any aspect of the dynamic
industry we work in, or the technologies
that drive it.
In advance, thanks for your feedback.
Your opinions will be reflected on our
pages in 2017. Speaking of 2017, as we
close out our publishing year, I’d like to
extend a Happy Chanukwanzamas from
our team to yours. See you next year!
We’d like to know
what we can do to make
your professional life
and reading experience
easier, more productive,
and hopefully more