With a full grasp of real healthcare requirements, iｍedtac introduces wide-ranging solutions targeting smart hospital trend
The world’s population is aging. According to American Association of Retired Persons, 22% of the world’s population will be 60 and older by 2050. At the same time, developers are making use of new technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and big data analytics to design all types of systems to raise the quality and efficiency of healthcare. With the increase in both supply and demand, smartization is becoming an important trend for the healthcare industry. According to Jason Miao, business development manager, imedtac, medical devices play a critical role on patient health and safety so system developers must have professional knowledge in both healthcare and technology to be able to build optimized medical systems. For this reason, imedtac not only employs a team of technology and medical professionals but also partners with ADLINK, which has accumulated extensive experience in medical devices, to introduce complete smart solutions to suit hospital needs.
Founded in 2016, imedtac focuses on developing smart medical devices targeting medical treatment and healthcare. Going forward, it plans to expand its offerings to include health promotion products for use by the general public. As opposed to most other smart medical device providers, imedtac starts with developing more technologically challenging products and then expands toward more straightforward healthcare and health promotion devices. Miao explains that imedtac is able to implement the distinct product planning strategy thanks to its team with extensive industrial PC experience and medical background. Not only does the team have no problem communicating with medical professionals to fully grasp their needs, it can even think from the user’s perspective and thereby actively propose suited solutions.
Citing an integrated operation room solution imedtac developed for a teaching hospital in southern Taiwan as an example, Miao points out that when doctors operate on a patient, they need to monitor the patient’s ultrasound, CT scan or other medical images in real time to ensure a smooth and safe surgery. Imaging devices are generally mounted individually at different locations in the operating room (OR). Doctors often have to look up to find the image they need. To help improve efficiency, imedtac has purpose-built a platform for the hospital, onto which all images are streamed and integrated. Surgical assistants can quickly switch to the image the surgeon needs to look at.
Aside from the surgical image streaming system, imedtac has also designed a surgical safety check system to help medical care teams keep track of surgical inventory count and surgical procedure checklist. As time and instrument control is a crucial part of OR management, imedtac’s solution can help medical care teams stay on top of tight OR schedules, thereby avoiding delays while enhancing patient safety and OR management efficiency.
imedtac’s solutions are widely used by large medical institutions both at home and abroad as they closely match hospital needs and they can quickly be developed and ready-to-use by medical care teams. These features enabling imedtac’s solutions to be highly praised by hospitals are the result of close collaborations between imedtac and ADLINK. According to Miao, imedtac builds its solutions on the foundation of a 60% to 70% standardized architecture and customizes the remaining portion to suit specific customer needs, thereby speeding up the development cycle. ADLINK provides critical support for the 30% to 40% customization portion with its professionalism in smart medical devices.
Having accumulated extensive experience in developing medical devices, ADLINK has a large portfolio of medical-grade products and is therefore in a good position to help imedtac address user needs and design optimized systems. imedtac’s surgical image streaming system mentioned above is based on ADLINK’s MLC 8-21 medical panel computer. Furthermore, imedtac’s medical cart for epidemic prevention uses ADLINK’s compact MLC Lite. Both these products are enthusiastically embraced by customers.
In light of the important smartization trend of the healthcare industry, imedtac is picking up pace in its development efforts toward this sector. Going forward, it plans to expand its footprint to Southeast Asian markets. Leveraging ADLINK’s global presence and service network in Southeast Asia, imedtac and ADLINK will continue to engage in close collaboration to bring smart healthcare solutions with a fresh perspective to the market.