Just What the Doctor Ordered: A Solution for Smarter Therapeutic Devices
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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. Reports of injuries and deaths resulting from failures of infusion pumps prompted the FDA to launch an "Infusion Pump Improvement Initiative" 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 OEMs and software developers.