The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is organizing a free public workshop titled “Battery-Powered Medical Devices: Challenges and Opportunities” on July 30-31, 2013. As devices become more compact and mobile, batteries have emerged as an important issue in the medical device landscape. AAMI’s 2012 survey of healthcare technology management professionals working in hospitals named battery management as #4 on its list of medical device challenges. The workshop is intended to broaden the understanding and address the potential challenges related to the design/development, selection, purchase, use, and maintenance of battery-powered medical devices. It’s also designed to initiate greater collaboration among stakeholders to develop best practices, training, and industry standards for battery-powered medical devices.
The FDA hopes to promote an open dialogue between participants. There will be short, rapid-fire talks designed to spark discussion, followed by breakout sessions where groups of different stakeholders can share experiences and discuss challenges and potential solutions. The session specifically focused on the healthcare technology management will be a great opportunity for you to share the clinical/biomedical engineering perspective.
Not only will you be able to work toward opening lines of communication with device manufacturers, your participation and input will shape the regulatory and industry efforts to generate solutions to the challenges you face in your day-to-day work with battery-powered medical devices.