Enabling technologies for post market surveillance of medical devices
IEEE Internet Policy Newsletter
School of Science / Security Research Institute
Medical devices perform health monitoring, diagnosis and life-saving functions for patients and are within the user domain of Health Information Systems (HIS). These devices include Implantable Medical Devices (IMDs), Medical Devices (MDs), and Medical Support Devices (MSDs) for continuous health monitoring and treatment purposes. Some medical devices can be worn on the body, known as wearable medical devices, while others could be outside the body of patients, (i.e., smart beds, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines and wireless medical telemetry systems.) The HIS are increasingly adopting cloud-based computing systems, and this trend makes medical devices more exposed to the internet and the challenges associated with their governance. In this article, we offer a discussion about three candidate post market governance technologies for the broad range of medical devices.