C&K Cutting Edge Blog #2
By Roger Bohannan – C&K Medical Segment Leader
The shift in medical device development from the unconnected device to the connected device is upon us. This shift will make an enormous impact on the quality and effectiveness of medical care over the next decade and beyond. Device design engineers worldwide have already started the transition. Their new connected medical device designs start in personal healthcare and drug delivery. The trend will engulf all areas of medical device design, supporting a connected health care system and improving patient care.
Many of the first generation designs are closely linked to their existing products. Their goal: minimal design modifications, converting products to connected devices. Device manufacturers do not want to make significant visual changes to an already successful product. Engineering teams are being tasked with challenging goals: Transition currently unconnected medical devices to active devices, without causing a disruption in device market share, product size or cost. That is coming very close to breaking some rules. One specifically? Physics. It’s just not possible to fit all the new capabilities into the same physical space.