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Open Electronics for Medical Devices: State-of-Art and Unique Advantages

by Gaurav Pandey 1,* and Ankit Vora 2
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Noble Sensors LLC, New York, NY 10010, USA
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Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931, USA
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Electronics 2019, 8(11), 1256; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8111256
Received: 30 September 2019 / Revised: 25 October 2019 / Accepted: 30 October 2019 / Published: 1 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Bioelectronics)
A wide range of medical devices have significant electronic components. Compared to open-source medical software, open (and open-source) electronic hardware has been less published in peer-reviewed literature. In this review, we explore the developments, significance, and advantages of using open platform electronic hardware for medical devices. Open hardware electronics platforms offer not just shorter development times, reduced costs, and customization; they also offer a key potential advantage which current commercial medical devices lack—seamless data sharing for machine learning and artificial intelligence. We explore how various electronic platforms such as microcontrollers, single board computers, field programmable gate arrays, development boards, and integrated circuits have been used by researchers to design medical devices. Researchers interested in designing low cost, customizable, and innovative medical devices can find references to various easily available electronic components as well as design methodologies to integrate those components for a successful design. View Full-Text
Keywords: open electronics; open-source electronics; medical devices; ultrasound; neurological sensors; posture correction; computed tomography; medical infusion pumps; healthcare open electronics; open-source electronics; medical devices; ultrasound; neurological sensors; posture correction; computed tomography; medical infusion pumps; healthcare
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