Medical Devices Come Home: How to Address the Challenges
The use of electronic medical devices is increasingly migrating from health care centers to homes. A new set of challenges faces device designers and manufacturers. In the past, it was nearly impossible to conceive of a patient undergoing dialysis in his or her own home, linking remotely to his or her physician for daily blood pressure or glucose checks, or downloading pacemaker activity via a telephone line. Today, all possibilities are in development, and the advancement of innumerable more in-home medical devices is on the health care horizon. The accessibility of wireless technology, mobile applications and other connectivity platforms facilitates device manufacturers’ ability to make complex medical devices available for home use. This trend offers beneficial new opportunities to multiple stakeholders, including added convenience for health care providers; improved care for patients; and cost savings for insurers and government payers.