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prabhakar_deosthali
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prabhakar_deosthali   1/29/2011 4:56:32 AM
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Providing The plug-and-play communications is a definite advantage . Apart from reducing the design overhead for each application engineer to implement the protocol stack , it also removes the probability of bugs getting introduced in the communication software.

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t.alex   1/29/2011 11:43:41 AM
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Standardization is the way to go when it comes to interoperability. Manufacturers will focus more on the unique features of the products rather than solving communication issues.

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Mark Wehrmeister   1/30/2011 5:24:34 AM
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It's about time that standard plug and play interfaces are available for medical devices. Standardization of these interfaces and the availability of full-stack solutions will make it simpler and less costly to add the interfaces and ultimately drive down costs for the devices while improving their interoperability. A win-win for everyone.

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Patk0317   1/30/2011 3:37:41 PM
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This will revolutionize home medical care. Patients will be able to be monitored via internet and only come in to be seen when really necessary. It can also revolutionize medical care in remote areas since the data can be sent to a Dr. via cell phone for a diagnosis.

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Bob Lacovara   1/30/2011 9:44:31 PM
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A little standard is a dangerous thing. The article mentions that a real-time OS is desirable, but would add to memory requirements. Of course: surely it would. But having one or two standard OS choices that are ready for the medical app to be "plugged-in" would save time and strain on the development team. Not only that, but surely very few companies plan to roll their own OS? It does happen, but I wonder how often it ends in tears vs. success.

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The Buddha   2/1/2011 12:50:35 PM
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I wonder why Continua left out WLAN as a standard option?

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antiquus   2/2/2011 12:06:57 AM
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Be careful what you wish for. A 2 minute boot time on your WinCE-based defibrillator may not be the cost-savings that Marketing was looking for. Same goes for WLAN support -- what if that defibrillator can't "log on to the network"??? These are mission-critical devices in a sense, but only within a small geographical radius. Having wide-reaching compatibility and connectivity for secondary functions (like logging the defib activity so Finance can bill someone) should never be allowed to get in the way of the primary goals.

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eewiz   2/2/2011 8:14:16 AM
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Simple. Medical applications dont need such high speeds + WLAN is a power hog for battery operated devices.

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Bob Lacovara   2/2/2011 2:11:09 PM
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Antiquus: those are good points. Personally, I wouldn't want my life to be dependent on a Windows anything: I'd start out with a for-real real time OS. But some of the mission-critical aspects of the design of a medical device can be handled by the use of good requirements, and in particular, requirements such as NASA's that deal with computer-based control systems. A defibrillator is certainly a mission-critical device, in fact, NASA would call parts of it "Crit-1" because failure can be catastrophic: loss of life or vehicle. So for sure, design of standard anything for medical devices has to be done by experienced people, not fresh-outs.

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jkvasan   2/9/2011 9:09:48 AM
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Interoperability opens up quite a number of possibilities which could lead to reduction of medical errors and make medical attention rather swift. However, the cost of the peripherals that may be needed to upgrade the existing design may prove to be a significant hurdle.

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