ICS Establishes Dedicated Medical Device Practice to Support Technology-Driven Healthcare Transformation
Company’s medtech business increased 93% year-over-year in 2020 due to escalating needs for complex devices that require usability design, cybersecurity, AI and robotics, cloud services and regulatory compliance
WALTHAM, MA, April 7, 2021 — Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc. (“ICS”), creators of sophisticated embedded and touchscreen-enabled devices, today announced that in response to increasing demand for complex medical devices it has invested significantly in establishing a dedicated medical device practice. As connected technologies drive innovation and transform healthcare, medtech companies look to ICS’ user experience (UX) and software engineering teams to help deliver improved patient experiences and outcomes and gain strategic advantages. Expectations are that the global Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) will have a valuation of $158 billion in 2022, up from $41 billion in 2017. The company’s work in the medical and life sciences markets has increased 93% year-over-year due to the rising demand.
“We partnered with ICS for the software development of our CellFX® System, our first commercial product which has received 510(k) clearance by the FDA and CE mark approval both earlier this year. The CellFX System leverages our patented Nano-Pulse Stimulation™ technology to offer dermatologic solutions that until now have remained unfulfilled,” said Darrin Uecker, President and CEO of Pulse Biosciences (Hayward, CA). “As with all medical devices, design considerations are paramount to ensure functionality, safety and usability. That’s where ICS’ expertise was essential in helping us build an intuitive software-enabled, cloud-engaged device that offers discerning aesthetic skin specialists exceptional and seamless ease of use.”
Building on its history as a leader in UX design and software development for embedded devices, ICS has continuously invested in its medical technology practice, adding talent with critical competencies to leverage and adapt technology advances, and service offerings in human factors engineering, cybersecurity, AI and robotics, cloud services and regulatory compliance. Today’s complex devices require greater focus on usability aspects from both UX design and regulatory perspectives. ICS’ team of UX and visual designers and software engineers use ISO-13485 and IEC-62366 compliant processes in full-stack product development leading to 510(k) submission.
"Project RED worked with ICS on a challenging project to develop a high-performance yet affordable ventilator to help in the global fight against COVID-19,” said Mohan Gurunathan, Project RED co-founder. “In a very short timeline, ICS created an attractive and intuitive UX/UI that maximized usability while limiting complexity. ICS also worked closely with our own team to design and implement the interface between the UI and the embedded system which controls the ventilator. The ICS team was exceptionally responsive and insightful, and was essential to the success of our endeavor."
“There has been extraordinary innovation and growth in the medtech sector in recent years which has only accelerated due to COVID-19,” said Peter Winston, CEO of ICS. “ICS has deep experience in UX-driven device creation which is well-suited for the safety-critical requirements of modern medical devices. While developing these devices has become far more complex, it has also raised the bar and opened new possibilities for groundbreaking devices. This has led to expanded opportunity and the establishment of our dedicated medical device practice.”
ICS’ Areas of Medtech Investment:
- Expansion of cybersecurity team competencies for development of robust programs designed to mitigate inherent risk at a time when cybersecurity vulnerabilities for connected medical devices are a continuous threat to patient safety.
- Increased resources for regulatory compliance including PreMarket Notification (Class II, 510(k)), PreMarket Approval (Class III) and Support for ISO 14971 hazard analysis and dFMEA.
- Enhancement of cloud service capabilities including expertise in cloud native development, architecture and engineering leveraging services from AWS, Azure and GCP as cloud connectivity reshapes the healthcare industry, affording fast and secure collection, analysis and transmission of healthcare-related data.
- Significant expansion of UX and human factors teams to assist customers with translating user behavior to product requirements. As modern medical devices have increasingly diverse user groups and multifaceted UX requirements, ICS’ goal is to enhance usability and identify risks early during the development process, supporting increased user satisfaction and improved time-to-market, so the final product can become the market leader.
- Continued development and integration of several innovative technologies that enable rapid prototyping and facilitate rapid-turns in medical device design, delivering a more mature first- generation product.
ICS’ dedicated medtech practice offers end-to-end product design and development for medical device and life sciences companies such as Thermo Fisher, Quidel, Boston Scientific and MilliporeSigma, helping them build vital devices including drug-delivery pumps, defibrillators, cancer-killing proton radiation systems, and intelligent respiratory and ventilation devices.
About Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS)
At the intersection of custom software development, engineering and UX design, Integrated Computer Solutions (ICS) has been helping Fortune 1000 companies create transformative products for over 30 years. ICS has developed countless modern user interfaces, connected products and touchscreen-enabled applications for global companies like Quidel, MilliporeSigma, Boston Scientific, Boeing and Intel. ICS’ portfolio encompasses everything from high-performance medical devices, smart agri-business equipment and air traffic control systems to connected restaurant equipment, next-gen video surveillance and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems for Tier 1 automakers. ICS' understanding of human-centric design and FDA manufacturing specifications helps medical device and life science organizations navigate regulatory compliance to meet the requirements of applicable standards, including ISO 62366 and IEC 62304. ICS is headquartered in Waltham, Mass., with offices in Sunnyvale, California and Ottawa, Ontario.