Market Launch and Regulative Assessment of ICT-Based Medical Devices: Case Study and Problem Definition
The market launch and regulative assessment of ICT-based medical devices in Europe is very complex due to a multitude of regulations to be considered during requirements engineering and product management. Additionally, there are no established standards, best practices or support tools how to launch medical devices on the market. The paper is part of a project aiming for methodical support for medical device launch and assessment, and is dedicated to investigating problem relevance. To understand the processes and requirements three case studies were analysed and the necessary processes and requirements were matched towards enterprise architectures (EA). Based on this finding, we argue that EA could be a suitable way to visualize and recommend required processes and structures for medical device management. The main contributions of our work are (a) a literature analysis of EA use in health care and especially for telemedicine, (b) results from use case analysis investigating the business perspective from inside three health tech companies and (c) the analysis of problems of telemedicine integration into EA.