Medical Wearables Can Reduce Cost and Time

An article from the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry website explains how digital health solutions in the form of wearables are currently being explored by a wide range of branches in the healthcare industry.
Specifically devices worn on the body that collect and transmit biometric data. The development of such products is now happening at a faster rate due to increasing competition, firm investment, and profitable returns.

Key points from developers’ discussion on collaboration include:
• Medical wearables developers who excel at collaboration are most efficient
• The pipeline leverages expertise from diverse supply chain partners e.g. specialists in data analytics, cloud computing, mobile apps, sensors, clinical research, physiology, and other medical fields
• Select trusted partners with experience
• Product development cycles can be quicker if suppliers share experiences
• Cross-functional teams can discuss core functionality, desired end user experience and aesthetics

Key points concerning quality, safety, and risk management are outlined such as prioritising quality standards and regulatory compliance from the start of product development to reduce cost and time; additionally, collaborating with suppliers who are ISO 13485 certified.
Practical additional points are covered, such as scaling of prototypes, ability to scale quickly once commercialisation happens and the commitment to resolve key questions rapidly.
To conclude, due to the rapid evolution of wearable medical devices, course corrections and new perspectives will always be necessary. Original equipment manufacturers should partner with suppliers in order to stay ahead of the innovation curve and be more able to keep up with new developments in the industry.

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