Connected medical devices are becoming ever more prevalent, but there are questions that need to be answered before their use becomes too widespread in UK hospitals.
An article for PharmExec recently shed some light on the potential issues that can arise as a result of the use of connected devices, mostly in relation to data protection.
In fact, the news provider pointed out that there are ongoing discussions in the EU, between the European Commission and medical device manufacturers, about how greater patient involvement through connected devices might affect the regulatory framework for data protection.
The website also noted that, as patients want to be more involved in their own care, it’s vital that the data gathered from patient sensors is “properly integrated with medical information; otherwise there’s a risk that information could be misinterpreted and endanger the patient”.
Getting proper validation of new smart medical devices, and ensuring that they are used as intended and their patient data protected, is another challenge for both regulators and manufacturers.
And then there’s the approach of Medicine 3.0, which will see artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly integrated with smart medical devices. All of these, and other factors, mean that those working in the healthcare industry need to be braced for changes, while navigating the complexities of data security and interpretation.
With this technology becoming more easily accessible, it’s important for healthcare organisations to consider their role in its adoption now.
For instance, MedGadget recently shared figures from the Wearable Medical Devices Market Research Report, which is anticipating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23 per cent for the sector from 2018 to 2023.
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