The May issue of Medical Product Manufacturing News (MPMN) will be publishing an article on the growing ability of medical device designers and manufacturers to incorporate sensors with wireless connectivity into a range of medical devices, from ECGs to pulse oximeters. This capability represents an important step forward for the medical device manufacturing industry because it enables physicians and patients alike to dispense with cords and cables, which get in the way of medical care and prevent patient mobility.
Coinciding with the appearance of this article will be a conference focusing on Wireless Connectivity in Medical Devices. Produced by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry in association with MD&M, DesignNews, and EE Times, the conference will be held July 25–26 in San Jose. Presentations are designed to
- Clarify regulatory requirements from FDA, FCC, and international agencies.
- Evaluate custom and standard networks to determine the best fit for the medical device operating environment.
- Tackle technical challenges such as radio-frequency interference, designing for low power, and extending battery life to improve device functionality and efficiency.
- Inspire innovative design and development of wireless medical devices meeting end-user needs.
- Implement effective strategies for data protection and security to ensure patient information privacy.
The two-day conference program is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the wireless medical device market and address the challenges specific to wireless medical device design and development. Comprehensive, in-depth presentations will provide the foundation for medical device manufacturers to enter the wireless medical device industry—from concept to market. In addition, participants will be able to engage in face-to-face networking with wireless industry experts and top innovators. Regulatory guidance, practical case studies, and innovative strategies will be presented for overcoming technical challenges in designing, developing, and commercializing a wireless medical device. And an exclusive workshop will be held on the unique environment for developing medical mobile apps and how to capitalize on this business opportunity. —Bob Michaels