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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!

Orange County medical device design and development company DeviceLab will exhibit its wireless medical device and mHealth & healthcare IoT solutions at MDM 2017.

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Jan. 30—DeviceLab Inc., an Orange County medical device design and manufacturing company, today announced it will be an exhibitor at the 32nd Annual MD&M West Conference in Anaheim, California on February 7–9, 2017.

 

Described by organizers as the world’s largest collection of medical device manufacturers and suppliers, DeviceLab will be using the event as a prime opportunity to demonstrate its latest medical device design and development innovations, which most recently have focused on wireless medical devices, mHealth and healthcare IoT (Internet of Things).

 

Updated ‘Hospital Bed of the Future’ Features New Wireless and IoT Healthcare Solutions

The central focus of DeviceLab’s MDM 2017 exhibition booth will be its updated “hospital bed of the future” display first unveiled in 2016.

 

Created to demonstrate DeviceLab’s Apollo™ wireless medical device electronic systems platform, the original display featured a life-size male-form mannequin (nicknamed “Apollo”) with wireless medical sensors on an electronic examination table. The table’s touchscreen displays and monitors can simulate how multiple complementary technologies—including IoT, wearable medical sensors, RFID, wireless charging, digital signal processing and IO devices—can be seamlessly integrated.

 

This year, “Apollo” is joined by a female-form counterpart, “Athena,” that stands upright by the table. As with the “Apollo” mannequin, Athena is also fitted with wearable medical devices that further demonstrate DeviceLab’s acumen with developing mobile medical device technologies that reduce development costs and time, including:

 

  • Bluetooth/Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) other mobile wireless technologies
  • Cloud data storage and analytics
  • iOS and Android smart phones, tablets and PCs
  • Multiple electronics display technologies (LED, OLED)
  • Server/client software for the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • State of the arts components from Renesas, Microchip, Broadcom etc.
  • Ultra low-power and self-powered sensor systems
  • Wi-Fi connected appliances

 

“We are excited about introducing Athena to guests at our MDM 2017 booth,” said Vu. “Along with providing even more visual appeal to our Apollo platform display, she was effective in helping us engage in conversations about the incredible possibilities for wireless medical devices and healthcare IoT at the recent MDIF 2016 conference.”

 

Embracing the Future of Medical Device Software Development in the Age of Healthcare IoT

Medical device market analysts are predicting the global IoT in healthcare market will grow from $32 billion in 2015 to $163 billion by 2020. Vu said he has witnessed a tremendous uptick in new business from customers that want to develop wireless medical devices and healthcare IoT devices in the past few years.

 

Along with promoting the company’s capabilities in all modes of medical device design and development, Vu said the Apollo platform display supplements his company’s recent efforts to position itself as a seasoned company with an eye on the future—which he believes will be led by companies that have superior medical device software development capabilities.

 

“Much of the hardware and technology to make mHealth and healthcare IoT possible already exists—for instance, wireless sensors, touchscreens, Bluetooth and WiFi,” said Vu. “However, the challenge will be to develop applications and platforms that will enable healthcare IoT devices to fulfill their potential, which involves a host of discrete challenges like connectivity, security and UI/UX while requiring as little power as possible from the wireless medical device.”

 

For those reasons, Vu said the Apollo display perfectly captures the essence of his company’s history and future.

 

“For nearly two decades, we’ve successfully produced hundreds of projects that have relied upon and refined our expertise in electronic medical device development,” said Vu. “Creating the Apollo display involved all our teams—prototyping, mechanical, software, wireless, UI/UX and production—which relied up our proven processes and best practices in medical device design and development while also pushing the limits with our innovation and creativity.”

 

DeviceLab will be at booth 813 on February 7–8 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and on February 9 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

 


About DeviceLab

DeviceLab is an ISO-13485 certified medical device design and development company in Orange County, California.

 

Since 1998, DeviceLab has been a reliable partner for medical device inventors and innovators to get new medical products to market as quickly and efficiently as possible but without sacrificing their potential for healthy and lengthy product life cycles.

 

Along with traditional electronic medical device design and development, DeviceLab also offers medical device software development and wireless medical device design services for the newest breeds of healthcare IoT, mHealth and medical wearables.

 

For more information about DeviceLab, please visit www.devicelab.com.

Biting Into IoT Medical Device Cybersecurity

An Examination of Wireless Medical Device Cybersecurity Issues Following the October 2016 Internet Outage

If you weren’t affected by what some are calling “the Internet apocalypse”, then you almost certainly heard about the massive distribution denial of services (DDoS) attack earlier this month that has made the topic of cybersecurity one that is more than just a threat to be discussed by U.S. Presidential candidates.

 

Likewise, if you’ve been following our blog, you’ve also likely heard us talking about cybersecurity as it relates to wireless medical devices—most recently in Wireless Medical Device Cybersecurity: FDA Draft Guidelines.

 

If there is one “benefit,” for lack of a better word, for the recent DDoS attack is that it is thrusting IoT medical device cybersecurity into the mainstream discourse. Unfortunately, it might also be unfairly lumping all IoT manufacturers together—which might not be entirely fair to IoT medical device companies.

 

For instance, NBC News recently published an online article, Internet of Things: Have We Bitten Off More Than We Can Chew? in which it addressed some very interesting points about IoT—both in general and specifically in regards to wireless medical devices.

 

IoT: Getting Too Big Too Fast?

 

The article said there are approximately 6.4 billion IoT devices currently in use, with estimates for the figure to reach 20.8 billion by 2020. This should come as no surprise to anybody that is engaged in wireless medical devices.

 

The article next explained that the DDoS attack was in part due to IoT device vulnerabilities that enabled “harmless Web-connected home devices” to function as “cyber soldiers in a ‘botnet’—a network of ‘bots.’” Further, it explained how IoT security has “by far the most spectacular vulnerabilities.” For instance, the relative ease in hacking an electronic wheelchair has been demonstrated by hackers that work with manufacturer security teams to identify security flaws.

 

With IoT device being so capable—and vulnerable—for maligned activities, the need for improved security is evident. However, the article indicated that it not a priority for manufacturers because “it’s an economic disincentive” to invest additional time and money into an IoT device because they want to “rush it out to market to sure they land the first punch.”

 

Are IoT Medical Device Manufacturers More Proactive About Cybersecurity?

 

Perhaps for consumer IoT, the “rush it to market” sentiment is true, however, it’s perhaps not as true—and per-haps a bit insulting—to IoT medical device design and development companies. And this precisely one of the reasons why we discuss matters such as what we covered in Wireless Medical Device Cybersecurity: FDA Draft Guidelines.

 

As we wrote in that blog, “Wireless medical device data takes the level of personal information to an entirely new level.” In short, IoT medical device designers, developers and manufacturers are keenly aware of the risks involved with IoT cybersecurity—risks that don’t just result in “an inconvenience for everyone” (as the NBC article said), but instead, the health and privacy of IoT medical device users.

 

There’s no doubt that cybersecurity—no matter the user or market—is an important issue and one that will never have a perfect solution. But hopefully all IoT manufacturers can learn not just from flaws that are sometimes brought to light in unpleasant ways—such as with the DDoS attack—but all can embrace the challenges (and risks) that we can definitely say that IoT medical device manufacturers have embraced.

Got Juice? IoT Medical Devices and Wireless Power (WPT)

Our recent blogs have been focusing on regulatory matters related to wireless medical device design and development—and there will likely be more—but now is perhaps a very appropriate time to talk about another important, related matter: power for wireless and wearable medical devices.

 

Last week, Hurricane Matthew threatened a substantial portion of the Southeastern U.S. coast. Although it for-tunately did not cause anywhere near the amount of destruction of which it was capable, it still created numer-ous problems—particularly in regards to power outages. In Florida alone, nearly 1.2 million customers lost pow-er.

 

Of the many reasons that wireless, wearable and IoT medical devices have become so exciting, it’s that they en-able many patients to enjoy life in ways once not possible. However, there are many obstacles that must be over-come if they are to fulfill their potential, and one of them is something called “wireless power transfer.”

 

As its name implies, WPT gets power from a source to a device without a wire…but really, it means that it does it without a conductor. Instead, it uses electric, magnetic or electromagnetic fields.

 

The technology is anything but new (it was first demonstrated by Nikola Tesla in the 1890s) or unusual (many of today’s rechargeable toothbrushes get recharged in bases with no visible connections).

 

However, IoT medical devices pose a series of unique problems, starting with the fact that unlike a toothbrush, it could be a matter of life or death if the device does not properly charge.

 

Further, people don’t wear, carry or use rechargeable toothbrushes all day, as compared to a wireless IoT device that may need to be worn at all times—or better yet, devices that are implanted. This becomes especially im-portant when having to not only develop WPT sources for those devices, but sources that minimize the risk of exposure to radiation caused by electromagnetic fields.

 

In fact, a recent blog, 5 IoT Innovations That Can’t Advance Without Wireless Power, went so far as to list core groups that are hindered “until wireless power goes mainstream,” which included:

 

• Home
• Industrial
• Retail
• Healthcare
• Wearables

 

Naturally, of particular interest to us is what the blog said about IoT medical devices in the “Healthcare” and “Wearables” section. In short, it argued that “if IoT medical medical devices can conk out [due to a loss of power], their use is limited,” and for users or wearables such as an IoT glucose meter and automated insulin pump, it asked “Who would risk their life in AAs or a rechargeable battery?”

 

Which returns us to Hurricane Matthew. Ideally, When a massive storm is approaching, evacuation orders are given, and people ideally heed the warning—which includes people currently and will eventually rely upon wireless IoT medical devices. As shelters are often in gymnasiums where power outlets are scarce (and are likely already being used by others for personal notebook computers, mobile phones and other devices), it could be-come even more difficult for the IoT medical device user to not only find a WPT source, but to be able to safely use it in public areas.

 

This only touches the surface of IoT medical devices and WPT, but, like regulatory matters, is an area in which we will continue to explore and share.

Henry Bryson New Business Development Director at DeviceLab

Former IBM Sales Leader Striving to Position DeviceLab as ‘Choice Wireless Medical Device Design Firm’
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., Aug. 19—DeviceLab Inc., an Orange County medical product design and product development company, today announced Henry Bryson as its new Director of Business Development.

 

Bryson brings extensive experience as a seasoned, top-performing sales expert to DeviceLab. He has demonstrated success with breaking into a diverse range of new markets, ranging from medical device engineering to enterprise software to business consulting—most recently as a software solutions Regional Sales Leader with IBM.

 

Prior to IBM, Bryson spent five years in the medical products and life sciences space as Director of Business Development with another medical product development firm, where his efforts resulted in swift and significant staffing and revenue growths. Earlier roles at Rapid Technologies, AIS and CGI/Deloitte Consulting provided additional opportunities to refine his talents.

 

Bryson believes that his proven backgrounds in medical products and software provides him with a preferred blend of expertise to advance DeviceLab’s wireless medical device design sales and marketing objectives.

 

After a decade of establishing itself as a premier medical device design company, DeviceLab more recently has been expanding its wireless medical devices capabilities, leveraging the company’s proficiencies in a spectrum of related medical device development technologies, including electronics, software and wireless/mobile. For instance, DeviceLab recently launched its Apollo™ Wireless Medical Device Platform, a state-of-the-art mobile medical device platform for healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) product development.

 

“My role has always been as the ‘voice of the customer’ to insure that their particular requirements are matched to complex solutions offered by the company,” said Bryson. “For medical device design customers, that means listening closely to find a perfect solution for their budgets and timelines, as well as their product’s forms, features and functionalities. I’m enthused because DeviceLab has very much proven to be able to satisfactorily move innovative medical device designs from concept to commercialization, and I look forward to liaising that process,” said Bryson.

 

“He has a proven track record and an excellent reputation,” said DeviceLab founder and CEO Dac Vu. “I am highly confident in Henry’s capabilities, both from my own previous experiences with him and feedback from customers.”

 

“DeviceLab has a well-established reputation in the medical device design marketplace, and I’m eager to be a part of its emergence in the rapidly evolving world of wireless medical devices,” said Bryson. “Ultimately, the goal is to become the choice firm for all segments of medical device engineering—especially wireless medical device design and development.”

 

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A native of North Carolina, Bryson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Bryson earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He has been in Southern California since 2000.

 

About DeviceLab

 

DeviceLab is an ISO 13485-certified contract medical device design and product development firm in Orange County, California.

 

A full-service company, DeviceLab has expertise in mechanical engineering, electronics, software, industrial design, prototyping, manufacturing, FDA regulatory consulting and product testing services. The company has considerable experience in design and development of tabletop and hand held devices, custom medical carts, hospital equipment and lab instrumentation development.

 

For more information about DeviceLab, please visit www.devicelab.com.
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