Process Management and Agile in an FDA Environment
My background is primarily in healthcare software, so I’ve seen a lot of changes in the healthcare technology world. And as director of R&D at Life Care Solutions, a division of Honeywell, I’ve been able to be on the cutting edge of what’s happening.
Since I’ve been at Honeywell, we've done a lot with remote patient monitoring. About two years ago, we created a new direction in the field. Utilizing a mobile tablet equipped with the Android platform, we created the first telehealth solution available on the Android platform. We developed the software, which turned out to be a great solution, in 5 to 6 months.
Traditionally, in the healthcare space, people build custom hardware that either does not run an OS (operating system) or runs a very lightweight OS which creates challenges in the product’s flexibility. If a device doesn’t have an OS, you have to code everything. So we wanted to move toward a device that had an OS that provided more flexibility and was more off-the-shelf.
The mobile platform we started turned out to be something that met everyone's needs. While discussing what we were trying to develop with the next telehealth generation, we realized we wanted it to be approximately seven inches, to have a touchscreen and and to run an OS. Those specifications obviously described a tablet. At that point, we realized that we didn’t want to reinvent the wheel; it didn’t make sense to build a Honeywell tablet since so many already existed in the marketplace.