RTI announces medical-grade connectivity framework

Real-Time Innovations announced a variety of new capabilities to its connectivity software RTI Connext DDS, designed to advance the development of complex medical systems. Based on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) Standard, this new product release will provide medical device manufacturers with the connectivity technology needed to address critical design challenges faced in developing secure, interoperable medical devices for healthcare systems of the future.

Healthcare IoT systems and connected medical devices are highly complex and face a number of challenging issues throughout the design process. In any type of healthcare environment, maintaining the highest degrees of security is of the utmost importance. The Connext DDS connectivity framework allows medical device manufacturers to secure the data in-use down to the data-type level meeting the requirements of the FDA cybersecurity guidance and minimizing the impact to system performance.

To design the connectivity software required for medical-grade systems, medical device manufacturers have the choice of designing the software in house (which is expensive, difficult and time consuming), or adopting an off-the-shelf-solution. Those that choose a well-documented, off-the-shelf connectivity framework like Connext DDS are able to meet development and security requirements, solve specific design challenges and get to market faster.  

New features are compatible and interoperable across the RTI Connext product suite: Connext DDS Secure and Connext DDS Professional for standard processors and microcontrollers, Connext DDS Micro for highly resource-constrained microcontrollers and Connext DDS Cert for the most safety-critical applications

Additional new product capabilities include large data distribution, allows streaming of high-bandwidth data from many disparate sources and sensors, important in both 3D imaging and Healthcare IoT application. The new product release supports longevity and evolution of large, expensive medical equipment, such as large CT scanners – enabling interoperability across generations of products. It provides intelligent data routing for greater efficiency and support for integrating and scaling distributed medical systems, easing integration with legacy medical devices and enterprise, reduces CPU overhead and end-to-end latency in distributed applications – a necessity for haptic control loops in surgical robotics and for the development of real time near-patent Clinical Decision Support (CDS), like in surgical robotics systems.

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