Developing Medical Devices using Windows 10 IoT Core

Developing Medical Devices using Windows 10 IoT Core

So you want Internet connectivity for your medical device?

Years ago, medical devices and instruments were solitary things. They were self-contained and did their job. Maybe they displayed some real-time data or results to the user, and then were powered down. But over time, various levels of connectivity were introduced and eventually became a required feature for medical systems.

I’ve been developing software for medical devices for well over 25 years, and over that time, I’ve noticed three parallel trends related to connectivity and integration:

    • How instruments are connected has evolved from hard-wired RS232 or Ethernet cables, to Wi-Fi, to Bluetooth and BLE;
    • What instruments are connecting to has evolved from a front-end PC to a local server to Internet-based web servers and the Cloud, either directly or through a mobile device;
    • Instruments and systems are getting smaller, faster, less expensive, easier to use, and more highly integrated.

So when a technology comes along that pulls all three of those together, it gets my attention. The Internet of Things (IoT) is one such technology. It has begun to enter the medical arena in earnest as  IoT-MD (Internet of Things for Medical Devices), and has also taken on a new form with Microsoft’s most recent contribution to the IoT development space — Windows 10 IoT Core.

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