Medical sofware: definition and types

Medical software does not have a clear definition. Any software that is used within a medical context is considered medical software. For example, medical patient monitoring devices are controlled by this type of software.

Definition of Medical Software

A software product is considered a medical device if it conforms to the definition of medical device:

A medical device is any instrument, device, equipment, material or other item (whether used alone or in combination, and including software necessary for its correct application) intended for one or more of the following uses:

Diagnosis, prevention, control, treatment or relief of a disease;
Diagnosis, control, treatment, relief or compensation for an injury or disability;
Research, substitution or modification of the anatomy or a physiological process

Conception regulation;

And that it does not exercise the action of its main intended uses in or on the human body by pharmacological, immunological or metabolic means, but that it can be assisted in its function by such means.

Software that satisfies this definition may include programs that control the operation of an electronic device, such as:

  • Apps that measure the patient’s blood glucose levels and body temperature
  • X-ray image processing software
  • Diagnostic software

This type of software can be used on devices such as:

  • Computers*
  • Mobile phones*
  • Tablets *
  • Analyzers used for disease detection
  • Patient monitors
  • Pacemaker
  • Infusion pumps

Types of medical software

Among the main types of doctor program that we can find today are the following

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  • Medical simulation technology
  • Medical Research Software
  • Medical planning software
  • Medical database software
  • Medical appointment management software
  • Clinic management software

Software is becoming an increasingly important part of medical devices; However, its rapid evolution, especially in relation to mobile technology, presents new and complex challenges

Low barriers to entry in the creation of software products on mobile platforms have resulted in these types of products being put into circulation perhaps without due consideration of potential risks to users and patients. Some of the reasons for this have been the lack of regulatory clarity. From Clinic Cloud we also offer software service to countries like Mexico.

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