THE ROLE OF MEDICAL DEVICES IN DATA SHARING
The connected medical device market
When we talk about medical devices, we include any tool, device, equipment, software, material or other item, used by itself or with others, including software developed specifically to be used to :
diagnose, prevent, check, treat or alleviate an illness
diagnose, check, treat or alleviate an injury or disability
to study or to replace or change the anatomy or a physiological process, to deal with child birth, and whose main impact on the human body can’t be achieved by pharmacological or immunological means, nor by metabolism, but whose function can be assisted by such means.
The term ‘medical device’ (MD) covers anything from defibrillators, hospital beds, syringes, blood glucose meters, insulin pumps, monitors, pacemakers. In 2015, 1100 (10) medical device manufacturers in France were surveyed. In 2011, the French biomedical device market was estimated at 21.3 billion Euros (11)