Medical Device Co-ordination Framework

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From the Economist's Technology Quarterly:

"More intriguing still is the Medical Device Co-ordination Framework being developed by John Hatcliff at Kansas State University. Its aim is to build an open-source hardware platform including elements common to many medical devices, such as displays, buttons, processors and network interfaces, and the software to run them. By connecting different sensors or actuators, this generic core could then be made into dozens of different medical devices, with the relevant functions programmed as downloadable “apps”. Eventually, medical devices might evolve into collections of specialised (and possibly proprietary) accessories, with the primary computing and safety features managed by an open-source hub. The FDA is working with Dr Hatcliff to develop processes for creating and validating safety-critical medical apps. (