Medical Hardware

  • 15 February 2022
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Hello makers, medical device hardware product management is an under represented group online. I am reaching out in product makers to see who else out there is making product that literally saves lives through medical devices. 

If we get enough medical makers we may even get our own group here in product makers. :fingers_crossed_tone1: Hopefully you are out there and that we can connect. :grin:


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Hi @Kelly Johnson,

Sounds like a great idea. Happy to help and create a group if there’s enough interest from others.

Not sure who’s doing medical hardware specifically in our community, but @Mohamedi AZEHAF @LenaHei @StefanZorn @Densho @kwul @chris and @mel all work in medical and he following folks have also identified themselves as working in the “healthcare” industry

@ThomasJ @salmiak @ward @jennynunemacher @jkeehnast @adrian @CharlieM @cpellows 
@sgreen @Flo @dylanjones @merchel @dsdc @Susann Schnabel @marius.tippkoetter @Natalia Anastasova @MVentura @clang @maggie @calvinmills @jamesqhr @meburne @apatil121 
@avinasbodhe and @McMavens 
 

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Thanks Scott - Sounds interesting. We’re in the Healthcare software realm - EMR’s/EHR’s, no actual hardware unfortunately.

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@jamesqhr it may be interesting to have a group focused on medical, regardless of software or hardware product. This group would be beneficial because we share many of the same frustrations, FDA regulations, hospital compliance, etc. 

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Hi, I am also in the healthcare software space, and actually far from the medical part - patient-clinic communication is my space. But I think it would be great to have a healthcare-focused group here, we do share a lot of specific struggles after all in the space!

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I don’t have any interest in medical hardware, but healthcare software is in my wheelhouse.

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Hi :) I work in the medtech area including hardware, software and AI. I think it’s a great idea to have a group with that focus!

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Susann

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Hi All. So I’ve been in the pharmacy side of healthcare one way or the other for 15 years now. I did co-found a startup 20 2013 that involved basic devices and software aimed at pharmacies but have been managing pharmacy procurement and inventory software for the last three years.

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@jamesqhr it may be interesting to have a group focused on medical, regardless of software or hardware product. This group would be beneficial because we share many of the same frustrations, FDA regulations, hospital compliance, etc. 

Honestly I have to say the regulations aren’t my biggest gripe. At least they’re spelled out and as we all know, constraints can be a great innovation driver.

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I don’t have any interest in medical hardware, but healthcare software is in my wheelhouse.

I actually enjoy the challenge that comes with having to match the software experience with the hardware one. Two different management experiences though for sure. In my experience, good hardware development is much closer to Waterfall than it is to Agile. Ideally you have some experiments and POC’s up front to iterate from before you get too far but the cost and and design factors just play out differently. That said, I haven’t done anything with say 3D printers or something that may make experimenting quicker and more cost effective. The challenge there IMO is you’re limited to sizes and materials in a way that either works for the product offering/business or it doesn’t (unless your resources are such that you can build teams around the differences.)

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Honestly I have to say the regulations aren’t my biggest gripe. At least they’re spelled out and as we all know, constraints can be a great innovation driver.

Good to know @whoischase What frustrations do you deal with? I agree that hardware development is much closer to waterfall than Agile. From a recent acquisition we made, we now have device and software to manage which is a new beast for me.