The pandemic forced patients and providers to rely on telemedicine, a change that has had a significant impact on the course of care. Experts discuss what can be accomplished with virtual care and what this means for the potential of medical devices.
Patient-administered healthcare is one of the fastest-growing segments in the medtech industry. When the patient becomes the operator, usability requirements are vastly different than those of trained clinicians, which elevates considerations in the design process.
With the ever-increasing adoption of connected devices, the agency is emphasizing the need for effective cybersecurity.
The combination of medtech progress with strides in modern healthcare interoperability will enable preventive care in unprecedented ways.
The findings suggest that manufacturers need to make user interface and user experience design improvements to certain wearable medical devices.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has increased the potential for cyberattacks against U.S. healthcare systems.
Healthcare cannot remain reactive to dealing with cybersecurity risks. We must take a new, proactive approach to protecting our users, and our systems must prioritize reducing the extent of reliance on users against unknown threats.
As more healthcare activities take place from home, passive continuous monitoring solutions and new technology such as artificial intelligence will be critical to communications between providers and patients. In addition, new solutions that offer overnight monitoring will play a crucial role in helping to fill the gaps, particularly in assessing patient deterioration or changes in health conditions. The pandemic has forever changed the trajectory of healthcare and specifically virtual care.
The omicron variant of the coronavirus has made clear that the impact of the pandemic is far from over, particularly for health systems and hospitals. The ongoing need to limit close contact between providers and patients means technology will continue to play a key role, but with that increased reliance on technology comes the heightened exposure to cyber risks, as well.
The threat of an attack is imminent. It is critical for medical devices and systems, as well as healthcare facilities to have the right safeguards in place.