Mike Hawes explains how the medical device industry is seeing an explosion in the number and type of mobile and wireless medical devices, and is ripe for a new approach to analyzing the energy requirements of your battery powered medical devices (BPMDs).
monitoring applications reportedly grew at 23% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) (2007-2011), with projections to continue at about that rate, reaching $20B by 2016 (Kalorama Information; July 2012). At the same time, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has identified battery management as one of the top 10 challenges for hospital’s biomedical departments. To address battery management concerns, the FDA recently (July 2013) held a workshop, Battery-Powered Medical Devices Workshop: Challenges and Opportunities, to raise awareness of the challenges and to collaboratively develop ways to ensure continued reliability from these devices. One of the goals from this workshop is to "Promote better design, manufacturing, testing, system integration, maintenance and standardization of battery-powered medical devices."