This presentation will illustrate recent technology trends impacting the design and utility of portable medical devices. The healthcare industry is characterized by changing demographics and cost cutting initiatives. But there still is a compelling need to improve quality of care, protect patient confidentiality and provide care beyond the classic sphere formal care facilities. To meet these demands medical device makers are employing new technologies (such as wireless 802.11) which allow medical care to be more mobile and affordable while handling ever increasing amounts of patient data.

What You Will Learn

  • Recent trends in medical care (portability of care, privacy, costs, aging population)
  • Key characteristics of the latest portable medical devices (size, power consumption, interfaces)
  • Embedded technologies used to support these key characteristics and how connectivity is a central component
  • What to expect in the future of evolution in medical devices

Who Should View

  • Embedded developers using or planning to build medical devices
  • Technical managers


Kelly Oberle, Vice President of Product Management, Silex America
Prior to joining Silex, Kelly was the founder of Access Human Potential (AHP), a company who works in partnership with management to strengthen the organization’s culture by providing strategies to assist in improving productivity, morale, and quality of work life. Before founding AHP, Kelly worked in product and marketing management for high tech companies including Emulex Corporation and Toshiba America Business Solutions. She successfully worked with executive management to facilitate business development activities (both nationally and internationally), manage cross-functional projects, and design product, sales and management training programs. Kelly graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Organizational Studies.

Joe Wlad, Product Marketing Manager
Joe has over 25 years of embedded engineering and marketing experience including work at LynuxWorks, Inc., Wind River, Intermetrics, Inc., McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Company and United Airlines. Joe has also worked for Trimble Navigation as an Engineering Manager in development and FAA approval of military GPS sensors. He is a FAA Designated Engineering Representative for Systems and Equipment and Software, is an active private pilot and has co-authored three patents on Global Positioning System integrity functions. Joe Wlad holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Buffalo and a MBA from Santa Clara University.