The Top 5 Things You Need to Know Before Adding Connectivity to Your Medical Device

Duration: 1 hour


The safest medical device is one that is unplugged and turned off. This is also a completely unrealistic way of addressing the growing adoption of connectivity and the associated security risks, let alone delivering improved patient outcomes.

Implementing the connectivity that allows medical devices to transfer patient data, provide remote patient monitoring, perform M2M communications, and communicate with EHR systems involves navigating an array of protocols and standards. Excitement about pushing the boundaries of medical device innovation must be tempered with approaches that can prevent threats to security and user privacy. Centralized device and application management platforms offer one approach to guard against these new risks, which include unauthorized access and unencrypted data transfer.

This movement towards medical device connectivity creates a host of security considerations for users, devices, and data centers. Medical device manufacturers must consider a myriad of software design options to optimize performance and, ultimately, the user experience. Chris Ault, senior product manager at QNX Software Systems, will examine what’s needed to enable wireless connectivity for medical devices, as well as best practices for security and performance.

Estimated length:

1 hour, including Q & A.

Attend This Webinar To Learn About:

•         Software design and its implications on connectivity

•         Healthcare-specific protocols such as DICOM, HL7, and Continua HDP, communication standards such as Bluetooth, Bluetooth low energy, dual band Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G/LTE, NFC, Ethernet, and USB; and security standards such as FIPS 140-2.

•         How the FDA is addressing connectivity for medical devices

•         A strategy and approach that simplifies medical device connectivity 

Presented by:
Chris Ault Senior Product Manager, QNX Software Systems
Chris Ault

Chris Ault is the senior product manager responsible for QNX Software Systems’ medical software portfolio, including an OS compliant with the IEC 62304 standard. Recognized for his software expertise, Chris has written articles for Electronic Design, Embedded Intel Solutions, and Design & Elektronik and presented at events such as the Medical Devices Summit, mHealth, Embedded World, and the Embedded Systems Conference.

Before joining QNX, Chris was a senior product manager focused on virtualization technologies. He has held positions of increasing responsibility with hardware and software vendors, including Ciena, Nortel, Catena Networks, and Liquid Computing.

Chris holds degrees in computer science, electronics, and economics from Algonquin College and Carleton University.

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