Medical

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IEC 62304, EN 62304…Confused?

 By Nikhil Chauhan The requirements of IEC 62304 and EN 62304 are identical.  Both, IEC 62304 and EN 62304, share the same genealogy and are well recognized software life cycle standards. The only difference is that they are promoted by two different standardization bodies. IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and CENELEC adopted the same standard concurrently. IEC 62304 is a worldwide…

The Future of the World ‘Wired’ Mind?

By Pete MacKay I never thought neurophysiology could be made so interesting – or blended with philosophy for that matter – but this is what author Michael Chorost does in his book World Wide Mind.  Recently one of our Project Managers forwarded a link to an interesting PBS News Hour piece pondering “Will ‘Bionic Bodies’ Offer High-Tech Hope to the…

Android Security – making sense of all the choices

By Chris Buerger Last week’s public release of the Security Enhanced (SE) Android project and associated source code is hailed by many as an important foundational step to add a new set of options to create secure Android devices. While the recent release of the code base by the National Security Agency (NSA) is familiar territory for Android experts such as Wind…

Hacking Insulin Pumps for Fun and Profit

By Ido Sarig Last month, I had the opportunity to take part in the Amphion Medical Forum in Minneapolis, where the theme was security challenges facing Medical devices. Amphion is a forum that brings together thought leaders from academia, business, government and technology, which was founded to provide a medium for these visionaries to define solutions to some of the…

Cloud to Service Endpoints – The Missing Link

By Paul Anderson I remember as a kid I was fascinated with phones. The idea that you could pick up the phone, dial it, and talk to someone on the other end was pretty neat. And… at the time, a phone was an elegantly designed electro-mechanical work of art, and it was fun to take them apart to try and…

Linux in Medical Devices

By Ken Herold Linux is the operating system of choice for a wide range of medical devices, from vital sign monitors to hospital bedside “infotainment” systems to complex imaging and scanning equipment. Yet not all Linux is alike. Because patients’ lives may be in the balance, software used in medical devices must meet stringent regulatory guidelines to assure that it…

Achieving Seamless Connectivity and Compliance for Mobile Healthcare

By Santhosh Nair For the makers of medical devices used in mobile healthcare, connectivity is becoming increasingly critical. Devices are becoming more intelligent and controlling more and more aspects of patient care, clinical diagnostics, and hospital administration. And they are interacting not just with people—expanding our ability to communicate and share information—but also with each other. They control systems that…

Why I Do What I Do

By Pete MacKay As an embedded systems architect I have a unique perspective.  Computer technology has permeated so much of our society that I get to see ‘inside’ of things.  I’ve sent baggage (and myself) through scanners at airports I wrote software for and stood behind teachers talking about an educational handheld I played a key role in designing.  I…

Medical Devices, Life Savers

By Nikhil Chauhan There's no doubt, medical devices are saving the most precious elements of nature - people's lives. The World Health Organization's video below highlights the importance of medical devices to health care.  Medical devices need to be secure and safe. My colleague Santhosh elaborated in a recent blog post on how FDA's 510(k) process is under scrutiny amidst the…