White Paper: Just What the Doctor Ordered A Solution for Smarter Therapeutic Devices

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    _medicalThere’s little question that advances in therapeutic technologies have been responsible

    for saving or prolonging countless lives. Yet any time a patient’s health or very life is at

    stake, there is no level of risk that can be considered acceptable. Many categories of

    therapeutic devices are prone to high rates of malfunction and recall. Between 2005

    and 2010, a reported 4,343 medical devices were recalled in the United States by more

    than 800 companies across a wide range of therapy categories. Indeed, reports of injuries

    and deaths resulting from failures of infusion pumps prompted the Food and Drug

    Administration (FDA) to launch an “Infusion Pump Improvement Initiative” in 2010 to

    more tightly regulate manufacturers.


    Intel and Wind River® have teamed up to explore a solution. The result is a concept

    reference design that combines Intel processing innovation with Wind River expertise in

    embedded technologies, tailored specifically to the needs of therapeutic device original

    equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and software developers. It will enable them to

    streamline the design and development process and accelerate time-to-market with

    more reliable and secure products. This paper outlines the challenges that developers

    and manufacturers face and how the Intel-Wind River therapeutic device concept helps

    address them.