Ken Fuchs, senior principal architect, Enterprise Systems at Mindray (Mahwah, NJ), will speak on “Using Risk Management to Successfully Deploy Wireless Medical Devices” at the MD&M West MedTech Innovate Seminar taking place on Wednesday, February 13.
The presentation will try to improve awareness among both hospitals and medical device manufacturers that there is a shared responsibility between them when they deploy medical devices on the hospital’s internal IT networks. More recently—especially with the advent of wireless—there has been greater demand to merge separate networks into one network and not duplicate the infrastructure. But this effort has led to new issues facing vendors. Previously, they owned the whole network and knew what they were getting from it, but now they are sharing it with other, probably unknown systems and devices, and now there is some onus of responsibility that moves from the vendor to the hospital’s IT organization. First, the vendors and hospitals have to be aware of this situation, and second, they have to try to manage the corresponding risk, especially since we’re talking about medical devices that can cause patient safety issues if they don’t operate properly.
Read a Q&A with Ken Fuchs on risk management for wireless medical devices.
Photo above: Both hospitals and medical device manufacturers have a shared responsibility to perform risk management when deploying such equipment as Mindray's DPM7 bedside patient monitor over wireless networks.