The number one and two killers worldwide according to the American Heart Association are still cardiovascular disease and stroke, and this is one of the reasons why medical devices’ companies have always considered cardiology to be one of the most important sectors in the medical field.
The new digital revolution era is full of technology made to improve a patient’s life, such as wearable devices, and it has made it easier and less invasive to record physiological and behavioral data – but recording, tracking and displaying metrics like heart rate or the number of daily steps have only taken us so far. Like previously stated, the next wave of technology should make sense to the amount of personal and physiological data being collected and accurately relate such data to particular disease states.
Engineers tasked with designing and developing next-generation devices may not be trained for the medical field. There seems to be a significant gap which can emerge between the technology that engineers develop and the kind of technology and information that clinicians require to track their patients.
There has been an effort made by some organizations to establish collaboration and consulting arrangements with medical professionals. Medical device and application engineering is evolving into a multi-disciplinary field that requires a mix of technical and medical knowledge. It’s crucial to train engineers and designers who create the concept of the devices or develop monitoring applications that need a deeper understanding of the relevant physiology to successful produce the next wave of advancements.
Technology is changing the way medicine is practiced, which can be a challenge for tomorrow’s solutions for engineers. Ongoing education can provide engineers with knowledge of the human body, allowing more advances to be made, such as the acceleration of the pace of research and development, and ultimately reaching a new level of never-before seen advancement.