Blog Profile / Medical Connectivity

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Archived Since:April 6, 2010

Blog Post Archive

Will Pre-Cert Increase the Advantage of Big Companies?

There is much debate about the relative advantages of big vs small companies on the development side of the device/product equation. The classic view is that big has the resources and experience, but perhaps is over constrained and undermotivated. Small has entrepreneurial zeal and fewer rules. I once heard that zeal turned into advice to […]

Health Care Messaging and Orchestration — Systems of Action

In this post we will delve into a growing enterprise software category, consider the underlying technology, and explore the ways this technology is being developed and applied in health care. System of Action A system of action provides the right information, at the right time, in the right format, to the right user(s). As a near […]

HIMSS18 Planning

What makes the annual HIMSS meeting special?  Many vendors release new products or make important announcements at HIMSS. Of the huge number of exhibitors, vendors bring more than sales reps to attend HIMSS. This is a great opportunity to have meaningful conversations with product managers, engineers and a variety of company executives to discuss detailed […]

Medical Device Security: a Simple Roadmap and What to Do Right Now

Join us for an in-depth discussion with Caston Thomas, an expert in the field of data security with an emphasis helping hospitals secure and manage their medical devices, networks and IT assets. This event will be on February 21, 2018 at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific time. Our discussion will delve into the following areas: How […]

Medical Device Data Security: Caston Thomas Tells Us What to Do Right Now

Join us for an in-depth live interview with the Chuck Norris of data security, Caston Thomas. This event will be on February 14, 20018 at 3pm Eastern, noon Pacific time. Our discussion will delve into the following areas: Defining the medical device data security challenge in realistic terms Changes required in IT and biomedical engineering […]

Having Problems with Your Emergin System?

Years ago, many hospitals bought an Emergin messaging middleware system as a point solution to bring messaging to specific interfaced systems. Many of these were used to get event data out of nursecall and other systems that was communicated to caregivers or some other point of care use case. These point solutions were installed in […]

Medical Device Security Threat Predictions for 2018

Last November Kapersky Labs made some medical device security predictions for 2018 on their SecureList security bulletin. Kapersky has forgotten more about security than I know, but my understanding of health care and the medical device world allows me to offer some perspective and corrections to Kapersky's predictions. Show More Summary

FDA Busy With Software

Since connectivity runs on software, and some medically related software is a medical device, and medical devices are regulated by the FDA, those involved in connectology must pay at least some attention to what the FDA is saying about the subject of medical software that is not an inherent part of some other medical device.  […]

Data Driven Predictive Medical Devices: An Interview

In 1987, James Gleick wrote the book Chaos which was a layman’s description of different instances where chaotic behavior was displayed in systems. In one of the last chapters titled Inner Rhythms, he described the then latest research regarding physiological system characteristics and the seemingly oxymoronic idea that variable response of the system indicated health […]

FDA Guidance on Software Changes

On October 25, 2017 the FDA released its guidance on "Deciding When to Submit a 510(k) for a Software Change to an Existing Device". A draft of this guidance was released in August 2016 and I commented on that draft here. The scope of what was changed is not easy to discern, especially since the draft […]

Even More Proposed Medical Device Connectivity Legislation

The FDA, medical devices, and cybersecurity are popular subject matter for proposed Federal legislation, even though most bills in this arena never clear committee. One wonders sometimes if those introducing such bills really care about them being enacted, or are they just an exercise in publicity and perhaps self-aggrandizement. On October 5, 2017 H.R. 3985: Internet of […]

Having Problems with Your Emergin System?

Years ago, many hospitals bought Emergin as a point solution to bring messaging to specific interfaced systems. Many of these were used to get event data out of nursecall and other systems that was communicated to caregivers or other point of care use cases. These point solutions were installed in closets or data centers and […]

Proof of Concept: Medical Device Directory for Integration Services

This post details the medical device directory I built demonstrating the concept of a knowledge base and expert system that would assist a healthcare organization in their medical device integration efforts. My idea was to input into an expert system (or reasoner) with an associated knowledge base a medical device inventory with the result of […]

Interactive Healthcare Messaging Mind Map

You've seen static images of mind maps on this site before (here and here). Now, you can get access to the interactive mind map for the health care messaging market. I've been collecting data and refining the market map for several years. This analytical tool enables you to quickly find what companies are making claims […]

Connected Medical Device & IOT Security Summit

Introduction – Why Attend the Summit Cybersecurity is not about human stupidity, random vulnerabilities, or technical exploits. Those are symptoms. The malignancy we face are multitudes of intelligent, cooperative and ambitious bad actors. Show More Summary

Update: Integration/interfacing of Medical Devices to an Electronic Health Record

Overview of Medical Device Integration Task I provided an overview of integrating medical device systems and information into an EHR in a paper I wrote in 2008. The figure below provides a graphical representation of the overview. The system architecture for medical device integration consists of a medical device which is attached to a network, […]

Usability Heuristic Test of Mobile Fitness Application

I just finished a master’s in healthcare informatics and through that process learned quite a few things.  I am planning a series of blog posts (three or four) that highlight several of the papers I wrote that might be of interest to readers of this blog.  The subjects will cover usability of a popular mobile […]

The Healthcare Messaging Conference & Exhibition

Venue and dates secured! Wednesday and Thursday, November 29-30, 2017 in Boston Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School This site has a great auditorium and breakout rooms for the three tracks of presentations and post-conference workshops we have planned. There are over 30 speaker slots planned covering many of the big messaging use cases […]

An Explanatory Framework for Comparing Health Care Messaging Systems

Comparing features and capabilities between various health care messaging solutions requires an understanding of how messaging systems do what they do and a common vocabulary so you can talk about it with others. And because health care messaging is a growth market with first or second time adopters, there is not yet a widely accepted […]

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