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It is clear that the now ubiquitous presence of wireless connectivity in consumer devices has had a major impact on medical devices, as doctors and patients alike demand more of the technology available to them. It has also led to an explosion of consumerised medical applications.

Ben Crundwell, Electronic Engineer at Cambridge Design Partnership sees boundless synergy opportunities between medical and consumer device functionality. He points to the use of iPhone and Android apps as an increasingly common alternative for device manufacturers looking to avoid expensive product development. It seems an app can often do the job far more cheaply whilst offering a richer user experience.

“Far too often you see an enormous, heavy and expensive patient monitor and think, if only this could be an iPad, it would solve so many problems,” says Crundwell. Indeed, it seems that consumer trends will continue to drive development in medical device manufacturing.

Read the full article on the European Medical Device Technology website

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