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10 Solutions to ease lifecycle management for medical device manufacturers

26 July, 2019
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How can a medical device manufacturer keep the long, and highly regulated lifecycle of medical device products aligned with the fast-changing lifecycle of the software and hardware connected to medical devices?

Working with an experienced IT partner who can fulfill many roles to manage the entire connected hardware lifecycle can mitigate risks, reduce costs, bring medical device products to market faster, while ensuring compliance and security across all medical device digital components.

Relieve the stress of bringing a new medical device to market, or of keeping medical devices up and running.

 

1. Our current supplier doesn’t offer the exact specs required by our new medical device.

Seek out a supplier who can source technology hardware and software from hundreds of leading OEMs and distributors. They should be able to find the right replacement or add-on product – from the medical device manufacturer’s current provider or another one.

 

2. This product spec is too granular. We’ll be stuck with a very short IT lifecycle.

Find a knowledgeable IT provider with deep expertise that offers flexible consultation and recommendations to build a custom product specification, solving for optimum configuration and lifecycle options to meet specifications.

 

3. We’re locked into this OEM. We don’t always know the other options available.

Product selection can be vendor-neutral with a technology partner that has relationships with 500+ technology suppliers and can serve as the medical device manufacturer’s eyes and ears in the IT marketplace, giving the medical device manufacturer options from the latest and best technology from hundreds of leading sources.

 

4. Can I count on this to be in stock? Will they still offer it next year?

A partner that has advanced visibility into product roadmaps, and an automated end-of-life assessment and notification process, is key to proactively managing end-of-life and optimize planning for product transitions and to mitigate Stock-Out issues.

 

5. This piece is critical. It’s going end of life, and a replacement hasn’t been validated.

Solution-driven IT professionals provide forecast management and collaborate with the medical device manufacturer to calculate last-time buys based on purchase history, maintaining the IT component availability pending the new product’s validation.

 

6. This new product was substituted without notice or validation.

A compliant, consistent and controlled process is needed to ensure proactive management of transitions and validations. Medical device manufacturers should look for a partner who will never substitute a product – not even a small cable – without verification and/or validation.

 

7. We’ll ship this product globally, but it’s sourced in the U.S. Is it OK for import?

The right supplier should work with both the medical device manufacturer and the IT providers to ensure that any product sourced for a device’s global use will meet import requirements for each region or country.

 

8. An IT product’s lifecycle is simply too short for the long life of our medical device.

Having access to hundreds of technology providers and knowing which technology products offer longer lifecycle options should be part of the expertise of a good technology provider.  For example, with the right choice of laptop computer, the typical 18-month product lifecycle can extend to 30 or even 36 months.

 

9. IT products from multiple OEMs demand multi-vendor relationships.

Instead of integrating multiple vendors for a specific medical device need, look for a one stop-shop IT provider to manage the entire connected hardware lifecycle for product platforms and configuration transitions, provide specification consulting and recommendations, product sourcing, project management, technical services, device record compliance, inventory management, quality management, warehousing, and logistics management.

 

10. Help! We’re overstocked with IT equipment, and we’re afraid it will become obsolete.

Providing just-in-time warehouse inventory management – stocking products and drop-shipping them directly to medical device manufacturers customers, and supply chain coordination and management minimizes on-hand inventory.

Dynamic provides the solutions you need to ease lifecycle management for medical devices. Align the lifecycle of the medical device with the lifecycle of the connected digital hardware components with Dynamic’s Medical Device Manufacturing solutions, designed to streamline your company’s connected digital world with compliance, consistency and control. Contact us today to get started. Call 866-399-1084 or email us at info@dccit.com.

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