In the case of healthcare, medical devices and systems can help save lives and improve quality of life for people living with different conditions and diseases. Machine learning, natural language processing and image recognition facilitate the monitoring, analysis, diagnosis and treatment of patients.
However, there are some new concerns around the management, privacy and security of personal data. Medical device manufacturers must address these issues in order to ensure safety as well as broad adoption of their products and services, which use AI technologies.
Georg Heidenreich, who coordinates Technical Regulations and Standardization at Siemens Healthcare, is also involved in IEC Technical Committee 62, which produces international standards for electrical equipment in medical practice. He leads the group working specifically on safety, security and effectiveness of health software and IT systems. e-tech caught up with Heidenreich to find out the latest developments and the role standards have to play in delivering safe, innovative technologies.