I work in the field of biomedical engineering and I see a strong need of open source boards for biomedical applications, spanning form biology to telemedicine.
There several examples on the Internet about the application of Arduino in the medical world, (like http://openpcr.org
) and even shields and components (like http://www.cooking-hacks.com/index.php/ehealth-sensor-shield-biometric-medical-arduino-raspberry-pi.html
Now the problem is that none of these examples go beyond the pure experimentation AFAIK, so I have thought: why not to start a new project for making an open source board for medical applications with quality in mind?
Arduino seems to me the perfect starting point for its wide adoption and simplicity, but the board should be particularly designed for medical applications.
The final objective would be the production of certified (FDA, CE) devices that could be used in clinical environments.
Possible applications can be:
- educational: students of biomedical engineering and even doctors who want to understand how these devices work
- research: making new devices, integrate cheap technologies
- home telemonitoring
- clinical environments, like hospitals, that want cheap but reliable devices
I am writing here to ask your opinions about the idea, do you see it feasible? do you see potential in it? do you know any other initiative like this one?
thanks for your replies..