Connectivity is an increasingly vital capability for medical devices. For example, diagnostics, therapy, and imaging are now connected in the Hospital Information System. However, while connectivity helps drive down operating expense, it increases risk by exposing devices to multiple security threats.
Business realities are also driving the need for ever greater connectivity in medical devices. Interoperable connectivity is important both for keeping costs in line and for ensuring compliance with safety and security standards and requirements. For example, to reduce costs and meet consumer demands, seamless connectivity via Bluetooth and wireless local area networks (WLANs) are often required. And the use of open connectivity standards can reduce implementation and life cycle costs. Connectivity also increases efficiency: IT integration with medical device functionality enables preventive monitoring and workflow optimization.