Orange County Medical Device Design & Development Company DeviceLab Shares Top News and Blogs from the Week Ending 3/12/2017
DeviceLab is keenly interested in diverse aspects that relate to medical device design and development—in particular, mHealth and healthcare IoT. When we find information particularly exceptional or interesting, we often share it on our @devicelab Twitter feed (which we encourage you to follow). This is a weekly post that shares the best medical device design and development information that we found from the previous week.
Along with what the headline indicates about the relation between providers and connected health devices, this article is intriguing because it explains the importance of understanding the current connection—and potential changes to—the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ACA or “Obamacare.”
Politics aside, the ACA is important because it “has forced changes in how medical payments are structured, and moved the industry further away from a fee-for-service model.” Basically, wireless medical devices, mHealth and other connected health devices enable for healthcare providers “to care for more patients without compromising quality of care” and “to free up physicians to treat and spend more time with those patients who are in the greatest need of their particular expertise.”
Medical device human factors is a topic that we’ve covered in this blog, but most often in the scope of medical device design. This article makes a sound argument for why human factors “should also be studied in healthcare packaging.”
Packaging for a new medical device can sometimes seem trivial or easy to design—especially in relation to the complexity of that device. However, it can also be an unnecessary obstacle for getting clearances or being able to provide the best shipping and warehousing options for distributors and customers. Human factors further this notion in the context of how well a new medical device’s packaging can impact its adoption and success in the market.
Lists such as these are common, but this one is significant because it comes from Forbes, which qualifies and underscores much of what we’ve been keenly aware of the past few years: “Telemedicine,” “mobility and Cloud access,” and “wearables and IoT” (three of the list’s top five trends) are revolutionizing patient care.
This is exciting news because it is yet another indication of the high expectations and potential for mobile medical devices. It’s also noteworthy because military-based R&D in new technologies have historically led to tremendous opportunities and growth for the private sector.