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QNX showcases new medical reference design at MD&M West

QNX Software Systems Co. announced it will demonstrate a new reference design for safety-critical medical devices at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West conference. The new reference design highlights the wireless connectivity, rich graphics support, and field-proven reliability of the QNX Neutrino Realtime Operating System (RTOS).



As
part of today’s news, the company also announced it has joined the
Continua Health Alliance, a non-profit, open industry organization of
healthcare and technology companies working together to improve the
quality of personal healthcare.


The
medical reference design is built on the QNX Neutrino RTOS, which has a
proven history in FDA-certified devices and offers best-in-class
reliability essential for safety-critical devices. The design also
features a human machine interface (HMI) based on the Qt application
framework and demonstrates connectivity to some Continua Certified
medical devices, including:

  • blood pressure monitor
  • weight scale
  • pulse oximeter


The
reference design supports the Bluetooth Health Device Profile, a
short-range wireless technology well-suited for medical applications in
which data is relayed from the local device, such as a pulse oximeter,
to a mobile phone or PC for in-hospital communications. The reference
design also supports remote device connectivity with a BlackBerry
PlayBook tablet.


With
millions of installations worldwide and 30 years of performance in the
field, QNX technology supports customers running applications where
failure is not an option – from life-critical medical instruments and
9-1-1 call centers to control systems for nuclear reactors and
high-speed trains.


"QNX
has developed highly reliable and secure software for over 30 years,"
stated Justin Moon, product manager, QNX Software Systems. "QNX software
drives many of the mission-critical systems the world depends on, and
we are pleased to demonstrate the latest capabilities of the QNX
Neutrino Realtime Operating System for medical devices. As healthcare
applications and information move to the cloud, the security and
reliability of QNX software becomes even more essential."