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is compliant to the roHS recast and minimises the potential for revenue loss. It also enables the medical OEM to develop new roHS recast compliant prototypes with eMS support through testing and verification processes, enabling it to make secure business decisions for future product develop- ment. Looking ahead With the on-going trend to outsource medical device development, defining Some EMS companies provide a wider individual core differentiators is key array of services from conceptual design when looking at the development of to system assembly and configuration / the next generation of medical de- shipping devices to the end user. vices. In this way, it becomes evident to medical OEMs which areas are worth outsourcing to streamline their operations. Some will retain an in-house design and engineering team where others will outsource these activities and focus on the marketing of products. An experienced EMS partner will complement and enhance this activity. outsourcing to an eMS partner can seem a challenge but having a partner onside that can design early on in the process will optimise the process at every stage of the process from design through to manufacture. over the next ten years more and more medical oeMs will become reliant on eMS partners. The medical device market will become increasingly complex, more spe- cialised and lastly, even more heavily regulated. Savvy OEMs will break through these obstacles, drive their business to the next level by adopting clever strategies and grow their operations through careful selection of an eMS partner capable of adding value at every stage of the product realization process. Q&A: The trends in the medical embedded market By Jens Unrath Q:What trends do you see in the medical market? A:There are many different trends in the medi- cal market. Looking at the high-end systems we see continuous improvements in image pro- cessing for diagnostics and surgery. The time savings due to faster image processing leads to broader use of image based diagnostics as well as reduced cost per patient. At the same time the image quality is improved from generation to generation. This constant improvement of the processing performance comes either from the higher processing power of the processors themselves or the implementation of graphic cards for ´general-purpose computing on graphics processing units´ (GpGpU) or the use Fig. 1: The Kontron Health of dedicated FPGA based designs in smaller eKiosk displays and checks systems. A second large trend is based on the the information stored on the ´iPad-Factor´. Users expect from future medi- customer’s health insurance card. cal devices a similar easy usage model as from It can also issue a new health their consumer multi-touch devices. This trend insurance card. www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe July/August 2012 35


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