Last month, a government group tasked with identifying threats to information security and privacy sent to the U.S. Office of Managment and Budget (OMB) a list of recommendations to ensure the safety of Internet-connected medical devices. The Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB), a subgroup of the National Institutute for Standards and Technology, discussed the matter of device...
Digi International and Wind River have collaborated to deliver a new family of cloud-connected wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions. The M2M Solution Builder kits will include a combination of hardware, software, cloud connectivity and access to tailored M2M development services. This complete end-to-end solution, tailored for performance- and connectivity-driven applications, simplifies...
Express Logic recently reported that its NetX TCP/IP stack has achieved 94 Mbits/s, a 94% wire speed on Freescale’s ARM Cortex-M4-based Kinetis processor. The Kinetis has a 100-Mbit/s Ethernet port, which enables transfers at up to wire speed. Generally, TCP/IP stacks are less than 100% efficient, leading to performance well below wire speed. To facilitate rapid data transfer, the closer to...
Wind River is the next major operating system (OS) vendor to understand the value of having an enriched medical offering. The company recently introduced a platform for medical devices, which is part of a comprehensive software portfolio designed for medical device development, including those devices requiring premarket notification, FDA 510(k), or the more stringent Premarket Approval. The...
 A distributed modular input-output (I/O) can replace standard slice I/O and distributed I/O in industrial Ethernet applications. Using standard three-conductor cables, up to four slave devices can be connected to each master block, which communicates over the industrial Ethernet network to the controller. Each I/O device is connected to an industry-standard M12 port, creating a connection...
Medical developers must think differently The biggest difference between a mainstream embedded application and a medical application is that the medical device usually has to work right all the time, every time. For the majority of embedded applications, it a product has an infrequent error or needs a reboot, it’s a nuisance, but not much more than that. For medical applications, product...
Advantech introduced the ASMB-310IR, a dual-processor server board with a CEB form factor that fits into both standard and smaller industrial-grade chassis. Featuring dual Intel Xeon 5500/5560 series processors, six ECC registered DIMMs with a 48-Gbyte capacity, and rich expansion slots with high bandwidth support, the board comes with five to seven years of component supply longevity support and...
Check out the blog posted by David Niewolny of Freescale. David recently attended the DesignMED conference, which was aimed at designers of medical electronics equipment. Freescale presented a few of the classes and have posted the slides from their presentations. Those slides are included in David’s blog. The classes were centered around the company’s Tower prototyping system and how...
This morning I came across a press release for Capsule, which calls itself the leading provider of medical device connectivity for hospitals. (If you're curious, the press release itself wasn't really breaking news—it was just let people know that Capsule "continues to lead" this movement.) What was interesting was that it highlighted the different approaches for medical...
Smart pumps generally incorporate multiple comprehensive libraries of drugs, usual concentrations, dosing measurement units, and dose limits. In late 2009, Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, PA, reported significant improvements in efficiency and work flow when smart infusion pumps were integrated with a bar code medication administration (BCMA) system. For instance, the amount of time that...
How close is FDA to regulating wireless networks as medical devices? Well, that depends on who answers the question.   FDA received reports of six patients dying and 44 more being injured as a result of IT-related problems last year. These numbers are in addition to 260 reports of malfunctions that had the potential to cause harm. CDRH director Jeffrey Shuren says that these...
DesignMED is only five weeks away. Co-located with MD&M West, DesignMED is a technical conference aimed at designers of medical electronics systems. So if you’re designing the hardware or software or all aspects of a medical system, this is the place for you. It’s being held in Anaheim, Calif., from February 8-10. If you can’t make it to DesignMED, fear not. We’ll be...
Analog Devices recently introduced a SoC (system-on-chip) device that integrates all of the RF (radio frequency) transmit and receive functions, data conversion, and processing elements required to enable a fully programmable radio. Designed for a range of remote, battery-powered wireless sensor network (WSN) applications, including utility meters, medical telemetry systems, building automation,...
Note: You’ll find more information on related topics at the DesignMED event in Anaheim in February 2011.   Providing better healthcare, for more patients, at lower cost is an ongoing mission. It sounds simple, but as we’re all well aware, it’s a daunting task. One way to meet this challenge, to at least bite off part of the problem, is to employ the widespread adoption of...
Mentor Graphics’ Embedded ReadyStart Platform is a “ready-to-use” solution comprising integrated software IP, tools, and services targeting popular hardware boards and system-on-chips (SoCs). Developed for applications where small footprint, high-performance, and low power are key features, the platform gives developers demonstrations and configurations that shorten the time to...
We have just released the call for abstracts for the 2011 DesignMED Conference. DesignMED is aimed at designers and developers of medical electronics systems and subsystems. The conference is broken down into roughly seven tracks, each of which will contain a series of one-hour classes. The tracks are likely to cover: Imaging Diagnostics and Monitoring Implantable Devices Personal and Home...
The DesignMED conference is aimed at designers of medical electronics. The program features a combination of technology professionals and industry's leading experts. The conference takes place February 8-10, 2011 in Anaheim, Ca. The conference portion of DesignMED will start off with a Keynote Address (check back soon as we’re still finalizing the speaker). That will be followed by about 30...
The iPhone isn't the only smartphone with relevance in the medical device world—or at least that's what Sprint is hoping. The carrier has partnered with Calgary Scientific to develop an imaging tool that the companies say could help improve patient outcomes, treatment decisions, and the cost for long-term patient care.   ResolutionMD Mobile is designed to offer physicians advanced...
Complex imaging systems such as MRI machines may use dozens of specialized processors that need to communicate with each other. iSTOCKPHOTO Modern medicine is a miracle of technology. Diagnostic tests can identify the presence of complex biological markers with remarkable sensitivity. Exotic sensing modalities and sophisticated mathematical techniques for separating information from...
An IEC 60601-1–compliant local area network (LAN) card can be used for the direct network connection of conventional IT equipment to medical devices. The PCIe Medical LAN Card, which is a PCIe gigabit Ethernet card, allows IT equipment and medical devices to be connected without expensive medical LAN isolators, which otherwise would have to be inserted between the LAN port and a medical...
  Originally Published MEM Fall 2008 NETWORKING       (click to enlarge) Integration of Ethernet provides additional functionality in medical devices. Ethernet communications is rapidly gaining popularity in industrial applications, including medical, because it enables the real-time exchange of information between processing equipment and companies'...
  NETWORKING   Using CANopen for Networking Medical Devices E-Z-EM has received FDA clearance for EmpowerSync, a CANopen CiA 425 device that enables synchronized operation of the company's EmpowerCT and EmpowerCTA injector systems and CT scanners that communicate via the CiA 425–compliant communication network. The protocol enables automated and coordinated operation of...
  NETWORKING       This cardiovascular CT system by Medtronic is networked via CANopen. The patient bed slowly moves the man into the computed tomography (CT) unit. “Are you all right in there?” the caretaker asks. The patient whispers, “Everything's all right.” Understandably, he is a little scared. He does not know yet what the x-rays...
  PORTABILITY       With the number of U.S. senior citizens projected to double between 2000 and 2030, technology is advancing to meet the need for new medical devices to provide better, more-cost-effective healthcare for this expanding potential patient population. Developing these new medical devices often requires the application of technology originally developed for such...
  NETWORKING   Using CANopen for Networking Medical Devices SKF Group (Götheborg, Sweden) delivered to Siemens Medical Systems a complete table with CAN connectivity for patient positioning in medical care applications. The table is incorporated into a fixed medical system for use in examination and operating theaters. Specifically designed for the treatment of kidney...