Dec 07, 2016

Insights on translating software for Healthcare from Connected Health Workshop at The Digital Hub

Digital Hub Development Agency, Molecular Medicine Ireland and Health Research Board Clinical Research Coordination Ireland (HRB-CRCI) recently joined forces on a Connected Health workshop that examined the factors required in translating software for the healthcare systems.

The Connected Health Workshop was held at The Digital Hub on Wednesday, 30th November. In attendance were researchers, startups and established software companies all of whom are developing software medical devices.

 

Key topics were delivered through interactive sessions, case studies, presentations and discussions led by industry experts, resulting in a better understanding of the factors involved in the translation of software technology to the healthcare arena.

Key takeaways

  • Integration of human factor engineering in the development and life-cycle management of a product is critical and will reduce the risk of safety issues and user errors.
  • Devices that help prevent, diagnose, treat illnesses or improve bodily functions may be classified as a medical device and therefore subject to further regulation. Modern medical devices that incorporate software, as well as stand-alone software, are gaining complexity, and as the connectivity to the internet, cloud, and outside world increases, so do the regulatory and security challenges. Regulatory bodies require researchers or companies specialised in medical device software to provide objective evidence, delivered in a quality management system that is safe and reliable. Therefore, developers need to improve development approaches, knowledge, tools, and techniques to overcome these challenges.
  • In 2016, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) “On the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data” entered into force. This will have significant implications for data controllers and data processors in the product life cycle. Non-compliance can result in fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover as well as damage to reputation and risk of losing key clients.
  • In a climate of ongoing change and economic uncertainty, it is critical to have a strategic business plan that presents a clear direction, highlights the need for a collaborative approach and defines the key steps that need to be taken in order for eHealth to be adopted.

 

The workshop featured presentations by two software companies, HealthBridge Technologies and Digital Hub based patientMPower. Both companies provided insights into their prospective start-up journeys and the lessons learnt along the way in establishing their businesses in the digital health area.

The final presentation was delivered by the Health Service Executive on the new ‘Quality Innovation Corridor’ (QIC). This programme represents collaboration between clinicians, industry, academia and eHealth Ireland to develop innovative healthcare digital solutions.

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