Connecting networks of objects embedded with electronics, from wearable sensors to wireless implants, innovative forms of advertising to connected cites, IoT offers opportunities to collect and exchange data in radically more efficient, transparent and sustainable ways.
By 2022 Cisco projects that the Internet of Things industry will be worth $14.4T. Concurrently an ageing and growing population poses unprecedented challenges on world-wide health-care provision. Technological advances are driving lighter, smaller, faster and lower power electronics. So it’s no surprise that product developers are keen to exploit networks to facilitate more effective diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
The reality is that keeping wireless devices securely connected, at low power and consistent data rates, without latency or drop-out is a real challenge in healthcare situations.
As Carl Stone, Lucid Director explains, “Specifying a communication module and expecting simple electronics and programming to connect to any mobile device is rarely realistic. Wireless devices are inherently susceptible interference from external electronics. They can also interfere with other devices. Diagnosis. therapy and lives can depend on reliable data.”
Most healthcare software and physical products are legally classified as medical devices. That means our engineers plan, research, design risk mitigation, verification and product validation that goes well beyond what might be expected for say an fitness tracker.
Getting that design right is critical, not just to keep gremlins out of a system, it can keep business owners out of severe legal complications. Critically …manufacturing and distributing medical devices, including software and apps, even for trials means taking on responsibilities and following processes that are not just good practice, they are law…Ignoring them is not an option.
Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RF and other communication technologies all have different strengths and weaknesses in an IoT context. Accreditation to ISO 13485 and long-standing experience of medical electronics and software development means Lucid’s team is well placed to accelerate routes to connected device development, adoption and compliance. Talk to us about your plans, we can help keep gremlins out of connected devices.