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This Designer Pulse survey captures the perceptions of medical device developers about design goals, biggest challenges, most important skills and the use of mobile technology.

This Designer Pulse survey captures the perceptions of medical device developers about design goals, biggest challenges, most important skills and the use of mobile technology.

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  • 1. Designer Pulse Medical Device Developers Survey January, 2014 Sponsored by eInfochips
  • 2. Designer Pulse This survey is part of the Designer Pulse research program designed to keep tabs on the pulse of the design engineering community. Designer Pulse survey results are shared with the engineering community on the eInfochips and IT Brand Pulse pages at slideshare.com. 2
  • 3. IT Pro Survey Methodology • The IT Pro Survey was conducted in January, 2014. – – – • Respondents were solicited from more than 600 members of our medical device designers database and from our LinkedIn medical device designers groups membership totaling around 250,000 members. 35 medical device design professionals completed this survey. Responses were collected using an online survey engine. The survey was segmented into four sections: – – – – Participant Profile Medical Device Design Development Platforms Critical Engineering Expertise 3
  • 4. Selected Organizations Represented MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. 3M Invacare Corp. St. Jude Medical IDEXX Laboratories CR Bard MPE Inc. Hill-Rom B. Braun Medical Inc. Hologic Inc. Zimmer Terumo Cardiovascular Group Baxter Healthcare Eli Lilly Toshiba Medical 4
  • 5. Highlights • • • About the Respondents – 83% of respondents have over five years in developing medical devices and 60% have over ten years. Design Goals – From two different answer sets, respondents were asked what was the most important design goal. In one question respondents chose reliability (51.6%), in another they chose increasing the efficiency of doctors and hospital staff (36%). Reliability in service was still strongly indicated, garnering 29% of the vote. Most critical to success - Out innovating competition was noted as, the most critical thing to success for device designers (41.9%). After outinnovating, 42% of respondents chose cutting costs or TTM (reducing design costs - 19.4%, reducing time to market - 12.9%, and reducing production costs - 9.7%). 5
  • 6. Summary Analysis • • • • • Biggest challenge - The biggest challenge in completing development of new medical devices was indicated to be regulatory compliance. (35.5%) What makes a product special – Overwhelmingly medical device designers perceive it is the combination of software and hardware design that make their products special (61.5%). Most valuable skill - System design was the most often chosen as the most valuable skill to medical device design (34.6%) Mobility - The usage of mobile a OS for medical devices is expected to grow 3x in the next 36 months, while the number devices using a mobile GPµ is expected to increase 2.5x. Wearable devices – The number of wearable devices is expected to double in the next 36 months. 6
  • 7. Your title or job description is best described as: 40% Engineering Manager 31% Other (please specify) 23% Engineering Director Hardware Engineer 3% Packaging Engineer 3% Engineering VP/CTO 0% Test Engineer 0% ASIC Engineer 0% Firmware Engineer 0% oftware Engineer 0% 0% 20% 40% 60% 7
  • 8. Which of the following segments does your company produce medical devices in? (select all that apply) Telemedicine Lab Instruments Other (please specify) 11.4% 14.3% 20.0% Surgical Instrument 28.6% Monitoring 28.6% 34.3% Homecare 37.1% Implantables/Infusion System 40.9% Diagnostics 0% 20% 40% 60% 8
  • 9. In which segment of Medical devices do you have expertise in? (select all that apply) Telemedicine 8.6% Lab Instruments 20.0% Homecare 20.0% urgical Instrument 20.0% 22.9% Other (please specify) 25.7% Monitoring 34.3% Diagnostics 42.9% Implantables/Infusion System 0% 20% 40% 60% 9
  • 10. The medical devices manufactured by your company are used in the following medical specialties (select all the apply) Toxicology Other (please specify) Neurology Microbiology Ophthalmic Chemistry Physical Medicine Pathology Immunology Dental Obstetrical and Gynecological Hematology Gastroenterology and Urology Ear, Nose, and Throat Anesthesiology 5.7% 8.6% 8.6% 8.6% 11.4% 11.4% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3% 17.1% 17.1% 17.1% 17.1% 20.0% 25.7% General and Plastic Surgery 31.4% 34.3% 34.3% Radiology Orthopedic Cardiovascular 51.4% General Hospital 0% 20% 40% 60% 10
  • 11. How many years of experience do you have developing Medical Devices? more than 40 0.0% 30 to 40 2.9% 20.0% 20 to 30 37.1% 10 to 20 22.9% 5 to 10 14.3% 1 to 5 Less than 1 0% 2.9% 10% 20% 30% 40% 11
  • 12. What is the most important design goal for the medical devices you work on? Cost 0.0% Other (please specify) Time to market Inventing a feature that did not exist before 3.2% 6.5% 12.9% 25.8% Leading edge feature set 51.6% Reliability 0% 20% 40% 60% 12
  • 13. What is the most important design goal for the medical devices you work on? Other (please specify) 3.2% Save time for the doctor and/or patient 3.2% Easing anxiety/stress encountered by patients 9.7% 19.4% Ease the effort of the doctor patient 29.0% Provide reliable services Improving efficiency of the doctor and/or hospital staff members 0% 35.5% 10% 20% 30% 40% 13
  • 14. Product engineering at my company will expand in the following medical device market segments (select all that apply)? Other (please specify) 6.5% Lab Instruments 19.4% Telemedicine 19.4% 22.6% mHealth mobile applications Implantables/Infusion System 25.8% Surgical Instrument 25.8% Monitoring 29.0% Wearable devices 29.0% 32.3% Diagnostics 38.7% Homecare 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 14
  • 15. Our biggest challenge in completing development of new medical devices is? High Quality Marketing Requirements 0.0% Production Test Automation 0.0% Well defined Architecture 3.2% UI Development 3.2% Hardware Design 3.2% Other (please specify) 6.5% Software Based Control 6.5% Software Development 9.7% 12.9% Design Verification Test Development 19.4% Replicating all use case scenarios 35.5% Regulatory Compliance 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 15
  • 16. By which year will your company derive revenue from some type of wearable medical device? 16.1% Other (please specify) 35.5% Never 2018 2017 3.2% 6.5% 9.7% 2016 2015 3.2% 2014 3.2% We already get revenue from wearable devices 0% 22.6% 10% 20% 30% 40% 16
  • 17. How important is medical device security for you? Other (please specify) 0.0% Not Important at all Not very Important 3.2% 6.5% 19.4% Critically important 25.8% Important 45.2% Very important 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 17
  • 18. What does telemedicine mean to you? Other (please specify) Enabling mobility of doctors to move within hospital premises 9.7% 6.5% Ability of doctors to communicate remotely with patients 16.1% Ability to diagnose and prescribe medication remotely 29.0% Ability to assist patients from a remote location 0% 38.7% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 18
  • 19. What is most critical to your success of your medical device designs in the future? Other (please specify) 4.50% 12.90% Reducing our time to market Lowering development costs to compete globally 9.70% Lowering product cost to compete globally 19.40% 9.70% Improving quality Transitioning to products tailored for the mobile health (mHealth) era 3.20% Continuing to out-innovate our competition 0% 41.90% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 19
  • 20. We use the following operating systems in our medical devices (select all that apply) VxWorks 7.4% Android 25.9% Linux 25.9% 37.0% Other (please specify) 59.3% Windows 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 20
  • 21. Percent of our medical devices that will ship with a mobile operating system 29.5% in 36 months 23.8% in 24 months 3X 18.3% in 12 months today 0% 10.9% 10% 20% 30% 40% 21
  • 22. What processor platform is your company currently working on? Qualcomm Processor Core 0.0% TI Processor Core 0.0% 25.9% ARM Core 33.3% Other (please specify) 40.7% Intel Processor Core 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 22
  • 23. Percent of our medical devices that will ship with a general purpose mobile processor 31.10% in 36 months 26.20% in 24 months 2X 21.70% in 12 months 13% today 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 23
  • 24. Percent of our medical devices that will be wearable 13.50% in 36 months 10.70% in 24 months 2X 7.40% in 12 months 6.10% today 0% 5% 10% 15% 24
  • 25. What part of your medical device's design makes it stand out most? Other 11.50% Software Design 11.50% Hardware Design 15.40% Both Hardware Design and Software Design 0% 61.50% 20% 40% 60% 80% 25
  • 26. Which set of technical skills and experience are most important to the success of your medical devices? Chip Design 0.0% Firmware Design 7.7% OS Software Engineering 7.7% Test Engineering 15.4% Application Software Engineering 15.4% 19.2% Other 34.6% System Design 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 26
  • 27. Engineers with this technical skill and experience are most highly compensated Test Engineering 0.00% Chip Design 3.80% Other 11.50% OS Software Engineering 11.50% Firmware Design 19.20% 26.90% Application Software Engineering 65.40% System Design 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 27
  • 28. I want to receive the results of this and future medical device developer surveys? 24.00% NO 76.00% YES 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 28
  • 29. About the Authors Shane Walsh, IT Brand Pulse A graduate of California State University, San Marcos, Shane Walsh is an analyst who conducts technology research and authors industry analysis for IT Brand Pulse. Renjith Ponnappan, eInfochips A product manager responsible for medical device development, Renjith has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communication from R. V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, an M.S. in Digital Signal and Image Processing from Ramaiah School of Advanced Studies, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Business Administration and Management from Essec Business School Paris. 29