High-confidence medical device software and systems

TitleHigh-confidence medical device software and systems
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsLee I, Pappas GJ, Cleaveland R, Hatcliff J, Krogh BH, Lee P, Rubin H, Sha L
Pagination33 - 38
Date Published2006/04//
ISBN Number0018-9162
KeywordsAging, biomedical equipment, Clinical software engineering, Costs, FDA device, Food and Drug Administration device, health and safety, health care, health information system, health safety, healthcare delivery, Healthcare technology, Information systems, medical computing, medical device manufacturing, medical device software development, medical device systems development, medical information systems, Medical services, Medical software, Medical tests, networked medical devices, Production systems, Software design, Software safety, Software systems, Software testing, US healthcare quality

Given the shortage of caregivers and the increase in an aging US population, the future of US healthcare quality does not look promising and definitely is unlikely to be cheaper. Advances in health information systems and healthcare technology offer a tremendous opportunity for improving the quality of care while reducing costs. The development and production of medical device software and systems is a crucial issue, both for the US economy and for ensuring safe advances in healthcare delivery. As devices become increasingly smaller in physical terms but larger in software terms, the design, testing, and eventual Food and Drug Administration (FDA) device approval is becoming much more expensive for medical device manufacturers both in terms of time and cost. Furthermore, the number of devices that have recently been recalled due to software and hardware problems is increasing at an alarming rate. As medical devices are becoming increasingly networked, ensuring even the same level of health safety seems a challenge.