Adding Connectivity to Your Medical Device

It’s more than a bolt-on. Here’s a smart approach to integrate medical devices into connected systems.

Featured in MedTech Intelligence


by Eric Soederberg, President, Sunrise Labs, Inc

Adding a network data connection to your medical device may not only promote your device into the echelons of modern connected or ‘IoT’ (internet of things) devices, but it could also push your company into a whole new value delivery model.  A move from the presently dominant ship-and-done model to the newer “ship, monitor, and update regularly” model may be required. This is not a new model for gaming apps developers, but it’s radically new for regulated medical devices that require thorough verification and validation (V&V) before changes can be implemented in the field. Adding connectivity to your device also changes your solution from a device to a system with all of the broader system considerations this brings. This article explores some of the benefits and challenges related to connecting medical devices to external networks and provides an overview of how to address many of these challenges.

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