Wireless health devices and services
Mobile health systems – evaluated by 7layers – with the power to transform global health care
Thanks to technological progress, global health care has already undergone continuous improvement for decades. However, with the introduction of wireless technologies (2G, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth®, NFC,…) and applications into this sector, the way health services are being delivered across the globe is set to be totally transformed.
Traditionally, healthcare meant that a patient needed to undertake a journey to see a practitioner, a difficult barrier for those living in remote areas or for those who cannot travel easily. The many wireless health (mobile health, m-health) devices and applications that are now entering the market are capable of improving the life of patients and easing the work-process of practitioners and care workers, whilst at the same time significantly reducing the costs of healthcare systems. This makes them interesting not only for high-income countries but also in the developing world – especially thanks to the fact that 85% of the world’s population now has access to commercial wireless networks.
Preconditions for m-Health solutions
This completely new dimension of health services, based on the integration of wireless technologies, can however only become reality if all stakeholders participate in creating the necessary preconditions. Wireless health solutions not only encompass a large variety of body sensors, mobile or static monitoring systems or mobile applications, but also rely on the availability of a suitable infrastructure. For health-critical applications it is vital that the data exchange between the various systems relating to the patient, the local practitioner and also the hospital or any other place of treatment is safe, secure and reliable. Considering that such exchanges of data can encompass a multitude of applications, a variety of wireless health devices as well as differing IT-systems of hospitals and practitioners, it becomes clear that it is absolutely essential to ensure compatibility and interoperability. Without end-to-end security, it will not be possible to exploit the full potential of wireless medical data transfer and wireless health systems.
m-Health services from 7layers
7layers understands the challenges associated with the use of wireless technologies in the wireless health /mobile health ecosystem. It is our belief that harmonized communications standards, especially those geared to the requirements of the medical sector, will play a leading role in creating a smarter wireless health scenario that will not only benefit patients all over the world but also ease the financial situation of our health systems.
Based on more than a decade of experience in wireless technologies and a correspondingly extensive service portfolio ranging from specification development, engineering services to testing and market access, we are working to build partnerships with researchers, manufacturers and healthcare initiatives with the aim of promoting wireless health care systems on a global scale.
7layers has been involved in developing and implementing harmonized standards and specifications for a wide range of wireless communications technologies in the past. We are now working to build partnerships with stakeholders from all areas of the wireless health care sector with the aim of assuring end-to-end security.
7layers is geared to developing and conducting end-to-end test scenarios that help ensure reliable, safe and secure data transfer between applications, wireless devices and IT systems, platforms or portals.
Our test services include performance, interoperability and field testing as well conformance and certification testing.
We help wireless and mobile health product manufacturers gain market access for almost all countries in the world, based on an experienced network of state-of-the-art partner laboratories and type approval agencies.
Manufacturers of health care devices, who need to integrate wireless modules, chip-sets and antennas into previously non-wireless devices, are often faced with a number of obstacles formerly unknown to them. 7layers engineering services encompass module and antenna integration services as well as antenna design services that speed up R&D processes, certification and country approval.
7layers is developing complex test systems for wireless communications devices and has for example already developed a test system for a cardiac pacemaker. Based on our proven InterLab software components, we have the capability to develop customized test solutions covering the requirements of wireless medical devices.