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patients through offering home healthcare mon-
itoring and management.
Devices that enable better postoperative man-
agement help both patients and practitioners
ensure successful recovery and management of
chronic conditions. With opioid use creating
a growing cause of concern among those who
experience chronic and acute pain, alternative
pain therapy measures are in high demand.
The ON-Q Pain Relief System is a device that
offers effective pain management in lieu of tra-
ditional narcotics. The disposable pump delivers
a continuous infusion of local anesthetic via
catheter that is inserted near the surgical site, in
close proximity to the nerves involved with the
particular pain. The portable pump then goes
home with the patient as a wearable system that
can either be clipped to the patient’s clothing
or placed in a carrying case. The device delivers
a steady flow of local anesthetic, offering the
patient up to five days of targeted pain relief.
Other medical devices taking advantage of
the influx in consumer wearable technologies
are meeting the needs of consumers who wish
to track their health through wellness and
fitness trackers, equipped with sensors to track
the wearer’s vitals. Once again, the most suc-
cessful contenders are those that offer Bluetooth
synchronization that allow consumers to truly
integrate the device into their daily lives. Several
of these devices were seen at this year’s CES.
Frost & Sullivan’s Avni Rambhia, Digital Media
Industry Manager, and Phillip Burrell, Connected
Health Research Analyst, contend that they saw a
slew of devices intended for spot measurement as
well as ongoing measurement and recording.
In addition, they said that there are also
stand-alone self-monitoring apps and self-
diagnostic apps growing in number for tablets
and smart phones.
One of the greatest expectations of consumer
medtech is that of security. Consumers have sig-
nificant concerns regarding the risk of potential
data loss if the device is stolen, lost, or hacked.
“How the Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act applies to devices
provided to patients by clinics is still a some-
what grey area, although progress is expected
in resolving this uncertainty over the next few
years,” said Rambhia.
To summarize, the call for more medtech
can only be achieved when the consumer’s
demands and needs are fully met at every level
of development, from the R&D stage through
“Human Factors Engineering considers the
user, the technology, and the environment
together as a system, and the interaction of each
system component throughout product devel-
opment,” said Ashley Russell, Principal Human
Factors Engineer at Cambridge Consultants.
“On one side, the users have higher
expectations with how their medical devic-
es should function … on the other side, the
developers need to increase their rigor around
designing to mitigate use-related risk … this
ultimately ensures a best of both worlds sce-
nario – safety and usability – for consumers,”
concluded Russell. MDT
Google’s contact lens glucose monitor integrates an ultra-mini glucose sensor and wireless
transmitter that keeps track of a diabetic’s insulin levels.
...the call for more
medtech can only be
achieved when the
consumer’s demands and
needs are fully met at every
level of development...