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Consumer Electronics Moving into Medical Devices

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 5:10pm
Vladimir Dreytser, Senior Staff Engineer, Intertek

Vladimir Dreytser, senior staff engineer at Intertek, was a part of the staff written article, “Portability Is the Name of the Game.” He took time to present a full array of responses that were not able to be included in the article, so they are presented here.

Q: How are consumer electronics impacting the design of electronic medical devices?
Dreytser: As more consumer electronics are being used for medical applications, fewer special medical device electronics are being used. Based on the situation that equipment may only have a Means of Operator Protection (MOOP) based on IEC 60601-1 Third Edition, consumer electronics (power supplies for IT equipment, computers, communication devices) are being used in medical products.

Q: What is the biggest limitation currently holding back medical electronics from developing further?
Dreytser: The industry as a whole is currently waiting to learn what the output of the medical device tax will be.

Q: How are electronics impacting traditional non-electronic medical devices?
Dreytser: Basically, there are no more simple non-electronic devices.

Q: Where are medical electronics headed over the next five to 10 years?
Dreytser: Medical electronics will only be used for specific applications for medical signal amplifiers referenced to applied parts or implantable devices. Most other applications will be for consumer electronics.

The reliability of consumer electronics will increase/improve, not allowing low-end IT components made in China to be used in medical products. This is related to the quality of consumer electronics products.

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