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Top 3 Medical Device Design and Development News and Blogs of the Week: March 5, 2017

Orange County medical device design & development company DeviceLab shares top news and blogs the week ending 3/5/2017.

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.

 

1. Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Internet of Things Technologies for 2017 and 2018

Each of the 10 IoT technologies merit their inclusion on the list, however, there were some recognizable patterns to what made the list. Arguably, those 10 IoT technologies could be put into four categories (with plenty of cross-category fluidity for several of them), which is interesting it illustrates how IoT is a system of discrete technologies.

  • Hardware
    • IoT Processors
  • Software
    • IoT Operating Systems
  • Networks
    • IoT Security
    • Low-Power, Short-Range IoT Networks
    • Low-Power, Wide-Area Networks
  • Platforms
    • IoT Analytics
    • IoT Device (Thing Management)
    • Event Stream Processing
    • IoT Platforms
    • IoT Standards and Ecosystems

If you further consider the list/categories in terms of medical IoT and mHealth devices, it’s not difficult to appreciate how their design and development will rely upon companies that have proven experience in each—especially with platforms like our Apollo™ wireless medical device platform. Draw your own conclusions about how well we feel we meet these criteria!

 

2. IoT Sensors Critical to Successful Health IT Infrastructure

This is noteworthy because if the previous “Top 10 Internet of Things Technologies” article had been written with a more narrow focus on medical and healthcare IoT, it would have likely included IoT sensors on the list, and for good reason! After all, as this article points out, the healthcare IoT market is projected to growth 26 percent by 2022, much of which will be driven by technologies that use IoT sensors.

 

3. Which Low Power IoT Network protocol will prevail? Bluetooth, LoRaWAN, NB-IoT, or SigFox

Similarly, this is noteworthy because the “Top 10 Internet of Things Technologies” did address low-power IoT networking—twice! What also makes this is interesting is the “comments” section creates almost as many answers and it does questions.

 


 

DeviceLab’s ideal balance of proven experience and cutting-edge ideas for medical device development includes mHealth/wireless medical device design services and medical software development. Contact us to learn how we can advance your medical IoT device from concept to commercialization!

Top 5 Medical Device Design and Development News and Blogs of the Week: 1/29/2017

Orange County medical device design & development company DeviceLab shares top news and blogs the week ending 1/29/2017.

If you follow this blog, you already know that we are keenly interested in diverse aspects that relate to medical device design and development—in particular, mHealth and healthcare IoT.

 

A key for us—or anybody for that matter—to be considered a “thought leader” in their industry is to stay abreast of current events, innovations and discussions. One way we do is to follow countless Websites that publish news, blogs, white papers, case studies and other relevant information.

 

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 the first installment of a weekly post that will share the best medical device design and development information that we found from the previous week.

 

1. How IoT Can Transform the Business of Healthcare

A compelling “look at how sensors, devices and analytics are reshaping enterprise at the operational level.”

 

2. The Rise of the Mobile Health Industry

A quick but well-thought out read that attributes “cell phones [that] help patients connect with their doctors Smartphones, “wearables [that] can track a patient’s physical condition and “the benefits of telemetry.”

 

3. ONC Challenge Aims to Put mHealth App Security in the Patient’s Hands

An open call for “mHealth innovators to use the Model Privacy Notice (MPN) template to lay out an mHealth product’s privacy and security policy, then create a tool that generates a use-friendly snapshot of that document.

 

4. Top Ten Medical Device Trends of 2017

We were not surprised to see “Cybersecurity” (due to “medical devices becoming more complicated and featuring components that use the cloud or online reporting”) and “Wearables” (which are “expected to record an average revenue growth double the overall device market, which was worth just over USD 13.2 billion for 2016”) make the list.

 

5. FBI issues IoT Security Warning for Medical Devices, Wearables

A swift explanation of “FBI recommendations” for “healthcare IoT security risks.”

Breaking Down the ‘Top 10 Medical Wearables of 2016’

What Does This List Tell Us About the Present and Future for Medical Weara-bles, Medical IoT and mHealth?

 

The end of every calendar year brings a flurry of “Top Things of the Year” lists, and 2016 is no excep-tion. However, one difference 2016 is different than other years is that wireless medical devices (which include medical IoT devices and mHealth devices) are now included in that paradigm more than ever.

 

That’s not just hyperbole, either. Except for a slight hiccup in 2014, Google search results for annual “Top 10 Medical Wearables” have steadily increased each year for the past five years. In fact, since 2011, search results have grown nearly 41%!

 

Even more impressive is that this year’s growth by far exceeds any other year…even eclipsing 2013’s previous of 11.8% by 5.4 percentage points!

 

Below is a chart of the last five years’ Google search results for “Top 10 Medical Wearables of” and their growth (or shrinkage) rates:

 

2016: 19.1 M (+17.2) (40.4)
2015: 16.3 M (+4.5%)
2014: 15.6 M (-3.1%)
2013: 16.1 M (11.8%)
2012: 14.4 M (+5.9%)
2011: 13.6 M

 

One such list is GineersNow.com’s Top 10 Medical Wearables of 2016. Their concise and well thought out list admittedly is presented “without any ranking and in no particular order,” so analyzing it in those terms are immediately eliminated.

 

However, the purpose of analyzing the list is not intended to find agreement or disagreement with how it’s presented—much less what is actually on it. Rather, it is to glean insights from medical wearable de-vice experts about the current wireless medical device marketing and what is possibly in store for 2017 and beyond. Here are some key findings.

 

Wearable Medical Devices That Measure, Monitor or Provide Diagnostics are Dominant

 

Despite offering a diverse range of wearables, 80% had one thing in common: they explicitly performed some type of measurement, monitoring or diagnostic capability for relaying to the either the user (per-son wearing the device), the user’s doctor, or both. (It’s possible the all can or do perform these func-tions, but the list promote them as key features).

 

Although 30% of the devices on the list perform some type of blood pressure or pulse monitoring, the more intriguing number is with what percentage can monitor insulin and blood glucose (20% of the en-tire list and a quarter of devices that measure or monitor).

 

The takeaway: First, wearable medical devices that can capture, interpret and share user data are clearly leading the way. But, the fact that 25% of the device capable of doing this are also related to managing diabetes should come as no surprise considering that it is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

 

Wearable Medical Devices That Can Control or Release Medications are Getting Traction

 

Two of the medical wearables are designed to release medications (e.g., glucose or opiates)—and natu-rally, both also perform measurement, monitoring or diagnostics to determine the appropriate release volumes and frequencies.

 

The takeaway: Being able to use digital technology to precisely management medications has tremen-dous benefits, particularly with the challenge of getting a patient to take medications as directed.

 

Wearable Medical Devices That Can Aid in Pain Management are Also Getting Traction

 

Pain management is a crucial aspect of healthcare, but unfortunately is one that is difficult to diagnose and treat because of its relatively subjective and fleeting nature. And that is why it’s interesting to see that 20% of the wearable devices on the list are related to pain management, either for the monitoring and release of pain medications or for monitoring physical therapies for analysis by a doctor.

 

The takeaway: Mismanagement of pain can have devastating results. At best, the person that experi-ences the pain has a diminished quality of life. At worst, the person does not use pain medication properly and delays recovery or develops dependencies. Wearable devices that that improve pain man-agement have a tremendous market potential

 

DeviceLab has the experience and capabilities to bring your wireless medical device from concept to commercialization. Contact us to learn more

A Call for ‘Medical Internet of Things’ Data Standardization?

Medical IoT’s Rapid Growth is Accelerating Challenges Such as Data Standardization

 

Ushering in the Internet of Medical Devices is a recent DZone blog that concisely explained “how connected devices are changing the world of healthcare,” which should not be of any particular surprise to anybody in the medical device design and development space. After all, as we discussed the other week in our blog, Who Wants IoT Medical Devices? Apparently Everybody, the IoT medical device landscape includes a diverse range of backgrounds, demographics and geographies.

 

With such widespread market potential, it should also come as no surprise that analysts are predicting big things financially for medical IoT. In its 2015 report Healthcare Market Worth $163.24 Billion by 2020, MarketsandMarkets (MNM) said the global IOT healthcare market—which already is an $32.4 billion market—will grow at a CAGR of 38.1% during the forecast period. Not only are the numbers big during this “growing phase,” but so are the players, which MNM said includes Medtronic, Inc., Philips, IBM Corporation, Cisco Systems, and GE Healthcare.

 

GE Healthcare was also mentioned in the DZone blog for its recent partnering with a startup that provides a variety of cloud-based imaging solutions—which be should exciting news for many in the medical device design and development space, as it supports the MNM report’s indication that big-time companies like GE are indeed bolstering innovation and growth in this space.

 

But perhaps more importantly—at least for now, and least for us involved in medical IoT device development—is what the DZone blog said about standardization. Most simply, it suggested that the GE project will be challenged by inconsistent “common data standards that apply equally in the U.S., E.U. and other markets around the world that have very different approaches to patient data.” Further, it said that “healthcare represents a particularly unique challenge in this instance, as so much legacy data exists in so many different formats” and that “perhaps standardization may be a little way off.”

 

The VCR vs. Betamax battle comes immediately to mind, as does the difference between NTSC and PAL video formats for North America and Europe, respectively. As with the data that the GE product is intended to share (medical imaging), the content that was either pre-recorded to video tape or is now DVD and Blu-Ray but formatted for NTSC or PAL is still the same…the only difference is how it can be seamlessly delivered.

 

However, one tremendous flaw in that analogy is unlike TV, healthcare truly is a matter of life or death. Granted, the technology to capture, share and store medical images and other electronic health records already exists. However, if medical IoT can improve access to that data—and improve quality of care and reduce costs, which is one of medical IoTs most significant promises—then perhaps now is as good a time as any to start a more serious discussion about standardization.

 

DeviceLab has the experience and capabilities to bring your wireless medical device from concept to commercialization. Contact us to learn more.

Hundreds Saw DeviceLab’s Wirleless Medical Device Demo at MDIF 2016 Booth

Orange County wireless medical device design and manufacturing company DeviceLab was an exhibitor at the OCTANe 2016 Medical Device & Investor Forum.

New “Athena” Wireless Medical Device Mannequin Wows Crowd

 

Events like OCTANe 2016 Medical Device & Investor Forum are always fun to attend, especially as a exhibitor—and this year was no exception!

 

 

The annual conference is a hotbed of education and networking for Orange County medical device innovators and investors—which, for us, as an Orange County medical device design and manufacturing company, is a special opportunity to mingle with the community at our exhibition booth.

 

 

It’s also a prime time and location for us to unveil new and exciting exhibits—and this year was also no exception! Last year, we introduced our wireless medical device electronic systems platform display.—which, if you haven’t yet seen it, is quite a sight!

 

 

Featuring a full-size translucent male-form mannequin that we call “Apollo,” on a custom-designed examination table, the display demonstrates our state-of-the-art Apollo™ wireless medical device electronic systems platform.
This year, we unveiled “Athena,” a full-size translucent female-form mannequin that stands upright by Apollo’s exam table. Together, they help demonstrate how multiple complementary technologies such as touchscreens, sensors, RFID, wireless charging, digital signal processing and IO devices (e.g., USB) can be seamlessly integrated.
Thanks to Apollo and Athena, we had more visitors than ever! Approximately 200 guests dropped by to meet them and to engage in conversations about IoT medical device applications and innovation.

 

 

However, as intriguing as the mannequins look, it’s the Apollo platform to which they are connected that truly exciting people. We greatly enjoyed talking to them about it provides solutions to numerous medical industry needs, including rapid development time, longevity in product lifecycle, RTOS certified for safety critical applications and robust processing capability.

 

If you’d like to learn more about the Apollo platform and how DeviceLab can bring your IoT medical device from concept to commercialization, please contact us.