Software in Medical Devices

Friday 11 April 2014

Validation of compiler and IDE - Why, when and how to? - Part 3

Coming back to the discussion about validating compilers and IDE, here are a few more comments I have on this topic.

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Friday 28 March 2014

Validation of compiler and IDE - Why, when and how to? - Part 2: compilers

We saw in the last post how to validate a software development tool. But we saw also that validating a compiler this way is not a satisfactory task.
Then: Why, when, and how to validate a compiler?

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Friday 14 March 2014

Validation of compiler and IDE - Why, when and how to? - Part 1

Validating the compiler used in software development is a recurring issue. To what extent a compiler should be validated, when, how and why?
In the same vein, we can extend the question of validation to all tools used in the software development environment: integrated development environment, configuration management tools, compiler (and linker), automated test tools.

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Friday 28 February 2014

Goto Fail

If you've haven't heard about Apple's security flaw registered as CVE-2014-1266 on apple website, you probably were on planet Mars.
Basically, it was unsafe to use https connections. I couldn't help but write an article about this!
Components dealing with secured connections are abolutely critical. Applying rigorous development process is the best chance to avoid any trouble with these components.

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Friday 14 February 2014

How to develop a smartphone App to be FDA-cleared or CE Marked? - part 6 Conclusion

To conclude this series about clearance of mobile medical apps, here are a few tips to newcomers in the world in medical devices.

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Friday 31 January 2014

How to develop a smartphone App to be FDA-cleared or CE Marked? - part 5 Deployment

Back to my blog after a while (you missed me :-)). After the previous article about usability, we're going to see the deployment of mobile medical apps. This article is the last of this series on clearance of mobile medical applications, before conclusion.

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Friday 17 January 2014

How to develop a smartphone App to be FDA-cleared or CE Marked? - part 4 Usability

In the last article, we saw the concerns about the reliability of wireless connections and how to handle them.
Today, we are going to have a look at something quite important for mobile platforms: usability and humans factors engineering (HFE).

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Friday 3 January 2014

How to develop a smartphone App to be FDA-cleared or CE Marked? - part 3 Wireless

In the last article, we explained why agile methods are so popular for mobile app software development. Today, we are going to review a major characteristic of mobile platforms: wireless connection.

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Saturday 28 December 2013

Happy new year 2014

2013 was the year of the confirmation of your interest in my blog. You were 100+ unique visitors per day. A success for a so specific subject!

I thank all of you, who supported my blog by reading the posts and downloading the templates.

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Tuesday 3 December 2013

How to develop a smartphone App to be FDA-cleared or CE Marked? - part 2 IEC 62304 and agile methods

In the last article we've seen the consequences of regulations on Apps, which run on smartphone or - more broadly - on mobile platforms.
Today, let's have a look at the main standard to apply when developing software for medical devices: IEC 62304, and the context in which most people want to apply it: agile methods.

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Friday 15 November 2013

How to develop a smartphone App to be FDA-cleared or CE Marked? - part 1 regulations

Today I begin a new series of articles about developing (or more broadly designing) a smartphone App that is a medical device.

The very first question is:

Is your App a medical device and does it need to be CE Marked or FDA cleared ?

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Friday 8 November 2013

14th november 2013 - World Usability Day

If usability is something theoretical for you, I encourage you to have a look at the World Usability Day.

The official theme of this year is: Healthcare: Collaborating for Better Systems

Dozens of events will be hosted by enthusiastic volunteers! Browse events on World Usability Day website. There's probably an event happening close to you.

Friday 1 November 2013

Essential list of guidances updated

The last time I updated my essential list of guidances was in 2012. Today I've done a full refresh of that page with:

  • Change of GHTF to IMDRF,
  • Update of links to TEAM-NB website,
  • Update of FDA guidances, especially the brand new guidance about mobile medical applications.


I hope you'll find all relevant regulatory information about software on that essential list of guidances.

Friday 25 October 2013

Testing is overrated

Software testing is the keystone of bugs discovery. Most of software engineers and project managers think this assertion is true!

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Friday 18 October 2013

Template: new Software Configuration Management Plan

A new Software Configuration Management Plan (SCMP) Template, more adapted to agile methods.

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Friday 11 October 2013

How to validate a software medical device running on web browsers?

Your company develops medical web apps (HTML/JS, HTML5 or any other client-side technology) and your customers would like them to run on every web browser.

Web browsers are SOUP, according to IEC 62304. In case of Chrome and Firefox there are dozens of versions...

Does it mean that software has to be tested - and documented - with every single browser and every single version of the browser?
That's a nightmare!

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Monday 7 October 2013

EN ISO 14971:2012 ... Seriously?

I wanted to write an article about ISO 14971, when one of my colleagues told me that there was already something about it.
Damn it! He was quicker than me!
Here is the article on The Medical Devices Regulatory Affairs Toolbox blog: EN ISO 14971:2012 ... Seriously?

Friday 4 October 2013

Template: Risk Matrix Calculator

Risk matrixes are a useful way to show graphically the ranges in which risks are acceptable, tolerable and unacceptable. Here is an excel sheet that automates the computation of ranges.

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Friday 27 September 2013

Want to post a medical App on Apple Store? Things get harder!

Apple now asking app developers to provide sources of medical information says imedicalapps.com web site.

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Wednesday 25 September 2013

FDA issues final Mobile Medical Apps Guidance

After two years of gestation, FDA issues final Guidance on Mobile Medical Apps!

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