According to the official press release from the FCC, "Wireless devices that operate on MBAN spectrum can be used to actively monitor a patient’s health, including blood glucose and pressure monitoring, delivery of electrocardiogram readings, and even neonatal monitoring systems." Since patients are free of cables, the use of MBANs makes it easier to move patients from one part of the hospital to another for treatment. Further, from the FCC press release, "MBANs allow for ubiquitous and reliable monitoring, and give health care providers the chance to identify life-threatening problems or events before they occur."
BSI Group America, Inc. identifies the 7 Most Common “Rookie” Mistakes Medical Device Companies Make When Preparing for a European Product Launch
Early this year the Washington Post reported, “In 2010, U.S. manufacturers produced nearly $1.8 trillion in goods (in constant 2005 dollars), about $100 billion more than China did.”
Sometimes I wonder if the publishers of instrument specifications think they are writing fairy tales for children. That would be a kind explanation…
The next revolution in surgery may come from a small medical equipment company which, according to its own executives, has always preferred to fly a bit under the radar.
In recent years, many electronics manufacturers have been adopting the use of video inspection systems. These systems utilize digital cameras to perform many of the visual inspection functions formerly performed with optical microscopes. Digital camera technology has improved to the point where the image quality now rivals that of optical instruments for many applications.
Is it possible to be too safe? When it comes to features for medical device, the answer is yes. Oftentimes, medical devices have too many safety components or not enough – both can be hazardous to patients. By applying clinical insights, field experience and utilizing a requirements-driven systems approach, along with verification and validation (V&V) procedures from the beginning of the project, safety evaluations can produce optimum safety with minimum cost.
Market intelligence involves the collection and analysis of information that will impact a business’s current and future market environment. Companies often don’t use market intelligence enough for product innovation and fail to drive greater value and create greater competitive advantage.
Taking a deeper dive into some of the specific technologies that have improved medical visualization and as a follow up to my post titled Medical Visualization Technologies, here is an overview of how the 3D endoscope in particular has promoted these advances.
Fred is a well respected engineer in the medical industry. He has worked hard designing a new IV Pump and proudly presents it to a test lab for its final compliance testing. But to his dismay it utterly fails its EN 60601-1-2 EMC testing.
Like the slogan for the music channel that used to actually play music (rather than being an entertainment channel, but that discussion is for another day…and website), I want my M(D)TV!
I was just reading an article from The Economist on open source software as a solution to security and safety in medical devices. I then looked through the comments and was led to a video on the topic. After digesting both...
According to Alan Cohen, the director of systems engineering at Logic PD, Android is a good operating system (OS) choice for some medical devices. Cohen’s column in Medical Electronics Design states that Android “stacks up well against” traditional mainstream OS competitors such as Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact (CE) and Linux.
For several years, computers on wheels (CoWs) have been the de facto mobile computing device in many hospitals. CoWs place computing power at the point of care, which facilitates adoption of healthcare information technology. By combining mobility, usability, and performance, CoWs increase efficiency and reduce errors with tasks such as entering patient data, gaining access to patients’ electronic medical records, reviewing lab results or radiology reports, and checking drug compatibility.
Connecting medical devices to a hospital’s Wi-Fi network improves workflow on both the clinical and financial path. With networked devices, a hospital delivers better care to more patients while billing those patients, and their insurance companies, quickly and accurately.