Patient compliance is the single biggest reason for medical therapy failure. To improve compliance, medical device designers must constantly work to make their devices smaller, more discreet, and easier to use. Low-power medical devices can achieve all of those goals. Better energy efficiency leads to smaller and longer-lasting batteries, ultimately making medical devices more portable and...
Nonin Medical's 4100 Patient Module OEM wrist-worn pulse oximeter was among the first Bluetooth-enabled medical devices, and now the company hopes to again beat the competition by being the first to get a Bluetooth low energy–enabled medical device on the market. Nonin Medical hopes to introduce a Bluetooth low energy-enabled pulse oximeter in early 2013. It will be launched...
As executive director of the Continua Health Alliance, Chuck Parker is tasked with helping the nonprofit industry organization achieve its goal of end-to-end plug-and-play connectivity for personal health devices. MED caught up with him to get his thoughts on everything from what progress Continua is making in accomplishing that mission to what wireless technologies are coming to the fore in...
Last week Apple brought the world to a standstill (again) for a few hours when it announced the latest iteration of the iPhone. Some rumors were dispelled with the new phone, others were confirmed. Among the latter was the announcement that Apple is ditching the 30-pin, micro USB connector dock that has been standard in the iPhone for a new, slimmer, and sexier 8-pin dock that has been dubbed the...
GE Healthcare and Philips Healthcare praised a recent FCC decision to allocate spectrum for wireless networks made of body-worn medical sensors, saying it will allow them to create technology that will reduce the spaghetti of wires connected to patients. But some experts worry that a lack of rules governing interoperability in the bands could hold back progress. MBANs are made up of low-power...
New Digital Radiography (DR) equipment captures DR images using conventional x-ray equipment and procedures. Wireless cassette-size DR detectors can capture digital images and transmit them to a DR system’s capture console. Untethered detectors also enable cordless positioning, which results in greater patient comfort and faster exams. Typical detectors are 14 in. by 17 in. and only .05 in...
It is a classic image: a critically ill patient in a hospital bed connected to various medical devices by wires and IV tubing for monitoring and treatment. These devices are attached to the wall beside the bed and wired into the hospital infrastructure. While this is certainly still a real and necessary role for medical devices, the needs have expanded to include many other locations, roles in...
With the introduction of Bluetooth low energy technology, there has been considerable interest in its possibilities in both the media and the market. Bluetooth low energy technology also has important limitations as well as benefits. It is quite different from Classic Bluetooth technology—so different that one carefully needs to consider which technology best fits the application needs...
Hugo Campos. Photo credit: Laura A. Oda, San Jose Mercury News Guitar in hand, Hugo Campos launches into a variation of the classic protest song “It Isn't Nice” by Malvina Reynolds. Not a professional singer, his voice is nonetheless calm, not self-effacing, “That's not right / I've told you twice / It isn't nice, it isn't nice...” But Hugo is talking about the...
Murata aims to be a player in the medical space. And they’ve got a series of products to prove it. The company is paying particular attention to small and easy-to-use health-care equipment for the prevention of illness. Some of the product categories the company participates in includes wireless communication modules such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart module, and NFC (Near Field Communication...
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...
A recent Forbes article on the threat of medical device hacking is the latest in a steady drumbeat of calls for more attention to be paid to medical device security. Contributor Marc Weber Tobias, a security expert and investigative attorney, paints a frightening picture for readers: Just think of the possibilities: a spouse or business partner decides it is time for a change. She (or he) obtains...
There are many applications, particularly in the medical space, where ferroelectric RAM, or FRAM, is the memory technology of choice. Unlike EEPROM of flash memory, FRAM doesn’t need a high internal voltage for writing operations, thereby increasing both the writing speed and the endurance of the memory. Also key to medical applications is the fact that the FRAM is resistant to...
Approximately 50 million people suffer from epilepsy, according to data from the World Health Organization. Because seizures can occur at any moment, the condition can be a cause of constant concern for those with the condition. Patients in the midst of a seizure may be in need medical attention. To help allay that concern, SmartMonitor (San Jose, CA) has developed the SmartWatch—a...
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...
Kontron announced the availability of its machine-to-machine (M2M) deployable system, the Kontron KM2M806XT. The ready-to-deploy hardware platform matches the requirements of M2M applications that must operate in extended temperatures and industrial environments. It comes with application-ready middleware and supports M2M digital device connectivity right out of the box. Suited for factory and...
Data from ABI Research “Moore’s Law is not actually a law,” said Roger McNamee, managing director of Elevation Partners at ITLG Innovation Summit in Santa Clara yesterday. McNamee, who was one of the early investors in Facebook, explained that Moore's law was a challenge for engineers. “Basically what Gordon [Moore] said was: unless you guys are a lot stupider...
Medical device inventor, investor, and electronics engineer Mir Imran once told me “problems don’t care about technology.” As it turns out, many innovators and entrepreneurs tend to be so enamored by technology that they neglect to spend sufficient time understanding the market needs that their products are meant to address. This tendency is rather widespread in the domain of...
In the early 2000s, wireless local area networking became a mainstream technology known as Wi-Fi. Computing devices such as laptops and notebooks began to support the IEEE 802.11b standard, which has a top data rate of 11 Mb/s and operates in the 2.4 GHz frequency band. After 802.11b came 802.11g, which is five times faster, and then 802.11n, which boasts data rates that rival those of wired...
Wireless charging may one day replace plugs and wires similar to how Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have modernized personal communication. Wireless charging with inductive coupling uses an electromagnetic field that transfers energy from the transmitter to the receiver, and this technology is a suitable method to charge medical devices. Wireless transfer of power is not new. In 1831, Michael Faraday...
The Wireless Health group on LinkedIn has been getting a lot of attention lately. Founded in 2009 by Paul Sonnier, the group has a steadily increasing user base that will likely hit 10,000 members this year. His Wireless Health group has also been praised in Computer World and MedCity News. Sonnier is also a mentor at Blueprint Health, a strategic advisor at Popper and Company, and an advisor at...
Wind River has packaged its Android expertise and technologies into three specialized software offerings: user experience, connectivity, and medical modules. This comes with the announcement of its Solution Accelerators for Android, a series of software modules that can help developers jumpstart their Android development and rapidly integrate compelling features and functionalities to their...
Intel announced the availability of its latest mobile Atom processor-based platform, formerly codenamed Cedar Trail. Designed to provide compact, on-the-go computing with extended battery life at a lower price point, the platform adds several new features. The design’s dedicated media engine enables full 1080p high-definition playback of videos and Blu-Ray content and includes additional...
A company has released details of its new 2.4/5.8 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n wireless USB adapter. The item includes a 5 dBi antenna and features data rates up to 300 Mbps. The new wireless adapter is an improvement over the WLAN-LCUSB-01 adapter that was introduced nearly two years ago. The new part number, WLAN-LCUSB2458, reflects the adapter’s dual-band capabilities. The antenna included with the...
Earlier this week, Qualcomm made three big announcements in the area of wireless medical devices. In advance of the news, I had the chance to speak with Don Jones, the company’s vice president of business development and global strategy and market development, who walked me through the details and shared an interesting take on how the medical device excise tax might affect wireless...