10 Common Problems and Solutions in IT Lifecycle Management for Medical Devices
How can a medical device manufacturer keep the long, highly regulated lifecycle of their human diagnostics or digital imaging product aligned with the fast-changing hardware and software at the product’s core? Finding the right IT supplier, expert in lifecycle management, is key. These problem-solution scenarios illustrate how the device maker and IT supplier can work together effectively. (more…)
Integrated IT Case Study: “Communications Are Key”
Need proof of the value of effective IT lifecycle management for medical devices? Consider this recent real-world example. It is the story of how a leading U.S. medical device manufacturer had to swiftly scramble when the life spans of one of their most important products and its integrated IT were suddenly thrown out of sync. (more…)
When Medical Devices Require Workstations, Lifecycle Management Grows in Need
A medical device for human diagnostics or digital imaging will typically use a high-end workstation, rather than a standard desktop or laptop computer, for processing, storing, and displaying data. This is because of the heavy-duty graphics capabilities required.
The medical device’s usage will likely demand a workstation equipped with a high-horsepower Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and a kicked-up graphics card. High memory capacity may also be needed. And whether the workstation has a desktop, laptop, or notebook profile, its display should be larger and higher in resolution than usual. All of this adds to the complexity of product lifecycle management. (more…)
Problems and Solutions in IT Lifecycle Management for Medical Devices
Inevitably, the manufacturer of a medical device for human digital imaging or diagnostics will face the challenge of coordinating their device’s overall product lifecycle with the useful lives of the device’s integrated hardware and software components.
The complete medical machine or device may go essentially unchanged for a decade or more. This is largely due to regulations. A widely used medical device’s life will come to a close only after the long process of FDA approval has yielded a proven replacement. (more…)
Optimizing Your IT Inventory: How Not to Have Too Little or Too Much Tech
Ah, the dream of “just in time” inventory – having just the right pieces and parts on hand, just when you need them for production.
The JIT strategy doesn’t only apply to your product’s mechanical and electronic components. It should also work for your device’s integrated IT. You can optimize the return on your hardware and software investments by keeping IT inventories to the minimum amounts required at any given time in your device’s production cycle.
Entrusting your technology purchases to a quality supplier like Dynamic Computer Corporation can be key to successful JIT. (more…)
How a Single IT Source Can Help You Reduce Risk in Medical Device Management
Medical device companies may be more concerned with supply chain quality than any other manufacturers. And for good reason. Just one weak link in your supply chain can bring unacceptable risks to your product’s required high standards of performance.
Nowhere is this urgency felt more than in a diagnostic medical device’s integrated IT. Your IT supplier must be fully accountable for the quality of the technology they bring to the device. They must be able to reproduce that quality – order after order. And at all times, your IT supplier must be able to help you strictly adhere to FDA requirements. (more…)
Why Commanding the IT Lifecycle Is So Crucial to Your Medical Device’s Success
The manufacturer of a medical device for diagnostics is often challenged to synchronize the product’s lifecycle with the device’s integrated IT. The reason is fairly simple: A medical device will typically have a much longer lifecycle than most other product categories. This is largely due to the stringent regulations governing the medical device market. On the other hand, a leading IT product will commonly reach its end of life – and yield to new improved versions – much faster than other kinds of products. (more…)
Free IT Lifecycle Roadmap Helps You Plan Your Medical Device’s Future
Key hardware and software products, commonly used in diagnostic medical devices, will soon reach their end of life. The OEMs will stop supporting these IT components. What impact could this have on your devices? To help you prepare, Dynamic Computer Corporation has created The Medical Device Manufacturer’s 2015 IT Lifecycle Management Roadmap. (more…)
Need Top-grade IT for Your Medical Devices? Dynamic Is Now ISO 13485 Certified
When you purchase your medical device’s IT through Dynamic Computer Corporation, you have certified assurance of quality. Dynamic earned ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2009, and we were renewed to the same standards in 2012. Then, late last year, Dynamic was certified to meet ISO 13485 requirements. This specifically recognizes us – our products, processes, and people – as a quality supplier for medical device manufacturing. (more…)