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QNX releases update to QNX OS for Medical

By Bla1ze on 15 Jul 2014 11:29 am EDT
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BlackBerry's QNX today announced a new release of its software platform for medical devices that is now IEC 62304-Compliant. The QNX OS for Medical 1.1 is based on QNX OS technology field-proven in an array of systems for angiography, proton therapy, laser eye surgery, hemodynamic monitoring, and other critical healthcare applications. The OS supports both single-core and multi-core devices based on ARMv7 and Intel x86 processors, and it offers API compatibility with other members of the QNX OS family, enabling a high degree of software re-use.

"When it comes to medical device software, the OS sets the tone: unless it provides the architecture to enable reliable operation and a clear audit trail to substantiate claims about its dependability, the entire process of device approval can be put in jeopardy," said Grant Courville, director of product management at QNX Software Systems. "By providing an OS that has been independently verified to comply with the IEC 62304 standard, we are helping manufacturers reduce the cost and effort of developing devices that require regulatory approval from agencies such as the FDA, MDD, and MHRA."

QNX OS for Medical 1.1 is available now and is a component of QNX Software Systems' broader medical offering, which includes proven-in-use data, hazard and risk analyses, on-site audits, training courses in safe design, and professional engineering services. Customers can also choose from a rich of complement of QNX technologies.

Press Release

QNX Releases New Version of IEC 62304-Compliant OS for Medical Devices

Helps manufacturers reduce cost and effort of developing devices that require regulatory approval from agencies such as the FDA, MDD, and MHRA.

OTTAWA, July 15, 2014 — Building on its proven history of providing highly reliable software platforms for safety-critical environments, QNX Software Systems Limited, a subsidiary of BlackBerry, today announced a new release of its OS for medical devices.

The QNX® OS for Medical 1.1 complies with the IEC 62304 medical device standard for software life cycle processes and is designed to help manufacturers reduce the cost of developing robotic surgical instruments, patient monitoring systems, infusion pumps, blood analysis systems, and other safety-critical products that must pass stringent regulatory approval.

"When it comes to medical device software, the OS sets the tone: unless it provides the architecture to enable reliable operation and a clear audit trail to substantiate claims about its dependability, the entire process of device approval can be put in jeopardy," said Grant Courville, director of product management at QNX Software Systems. "By providing an OS that has been independently verified to comply with the IEC 62304 standard, we are helping manufacturers reduce the cost and effort of developing devices that require regulatory approval from agencies such as the FDA, MDD, and MHRA."

The QNX OS for Medical 1.1 is based on QNX OS technology field-proven in an array of systems for angiography, proton therapy, laser eye surgery, hemodynamic monitoring, and other critical healthcare applications. The OS supports both single-core and multi-core devices based on ARMv7 and Intel x86 processors, and it offers API compatibility with other members of the QNX OS family, enabling a high degree of software re-use.

The QNX OS for Medical 1.1 is a component of QNX Software Systems' broader medical offering, which includes proven-in-use data, hazard and risk analyses, on-site audits, training courses in safe design, and professional engineering services. Customers can also choose from a rich of complement of QNX technologies, including:

  • Flexible user interface technology that can blend together applications and components created with the Qt framework, HTML5, OpenGL ES, Crank Storyboard, video, and other sources.
  • The QNX® Momentics® Tool Suite, an Eclipse-based development environment with profiling tools designed to help developers gain maximum insight into software behavior.
  • A wide range of processors, protocols, and tools available through the extensive QNX partner ecosystem.

Availability

The QNX OS for Medical 1.1 is available now.

Topics: QNX News & Rumors

Reader comments

QNX releases update to QNX OS for Medical

59 Comments

They need to move even faster now, no time for procrastination, I mentioned here before about the importance of the Nanthealth JV. And many thought that it would be too soon to see any result. They were wrong, in tech, if you snooze you lose. This is a great opportunity that will secure the parent company earnings in the medium to long term.

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Yes! QNX Car platform and now QNX Medical for medical devices. Consistent api's for developers , actionable data for analysis and real time decision making. Looking forward to what Project Ion (automotive, and many other applications) and NantHealth initiatives and others in medical bring forth!

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

It's not just John Chen. John has taken action on BlackBerry's short term direction as deemed necessary and is paving a longer term picture. However, I give credit to all the dedicated BlackBerry employees who are helping execute this promising future.

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I agree, the dedication of their staff, in particular the ones who stuck it out, have been working hard to make progress in the face of criticism. They are forever over looked and deserve a shout out.

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True. Even Thorsten Heins had mentioned about BlackBerry getting into the connected world/IoT business, but had nothing concrete to announce during his time. I'm sure various projects were already under way and now more are coming to fruition.

Well done BlackBerry and QNX. What's even better is that this wasn't on the Radar.

Well done guys, keep the momentum rolling.

Regards

Zaheer

Posted from my awesome HUB enabled  Z10

QNX is still run primarily as its own organisation so it would rightfully want its name in the headlines more than BlackBerry.

IMO - QNX needs their own "footprint" or "spark" like BlackBerry has ... something integral to both companies - that can be used when a cooperative step forward is taken :)

Thus it's about the only company BlackBerry has bought that is doing better than when BlackBerry bought them. I'm sure Chen had a hand in this announcement, but letting QNX be QNX is a better.

Google can have their glasses and Apple can have their watch. This is more exciting and bodes well for BlackBerry who seems to be firing on all cylinders in all divisions.

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Do the owners/managers off the medical devices anticipate OS updates the same way phone users do? Are they as excited for this as I am for 10.3? I wonder...

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

Maybe we could start a Forum thread where they could sound off about their breathless anticipation of finally being able to play Angry Birds and run Netflix and Instagram on their medical diagnostic devices!

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

Like many of these devices, QNX is only one offering, GE and others often use very proprietary OS's in there devices. What will be critical is to continue to build towards critical mass so that the use of QNX can be leveraged with the rest of the service offering. Today many of the these Clinical Engineering Devices don't support many of these newer approaches but they are moving that way. I can tell you that we have looked at Infusion pumps, cardiac monitoring equipment, and others and QNX is not mentioned even though it might be used in the background. We need to get it to the point where someone is happy to say QNX powered so the name recognition gets better.

If apple produced a product like this you can be darn sure that a vendor would promote that there device uses apple technology, we need to get to the stage where qnx is seen in the same light.

Also various disciplines should have utilization of the QNX formats. It should flow seamlessly between the MDs, NSG, therapists and all other allied health-care workers who have assess with a patient's information.

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You're comparing the most crash-prone OS (ok, ME was worse) with probably the most stable one out there.... :-)

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Windows CE, was their version of a small kernel embedded OS. QNX Neutrino has been replacing it in more and more systems, so, "competition"? No. But OS in the same space from capable competitor? Yes.

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

Had a HP Jornada once, Windows CE "Handheld PC".

Kinda ok, just the downscaled version of Office removed a lot of formatting which made it hard to use.

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Omg... that might mean that... every bb10 hardware device can... become an "Attached Device with Benefits", ...today?
Omg!
Somebody make that sniffer app.
For want of a better term.

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Now ' Stick that in your pipe and smoke it '

A Battle is Won, the War continues....

BlackBerry.. Get it done!!! ©

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Chen is one amazing CEO and is clearly on the fast track of both recovering BlackBerry and being known as the greatest CEO of all time.

Posted from my BlackBerry Q10 on AT&T

How old is that video?

They need to start producing some new videos with their newer logo. The old one is nice but the new Black one with the BlackBerry logo in it is better

This is one of the key underlying pieces to the NantHealth Health and Project Ion solutions. These devices will communicate and throw off all kinds of potentially valuable data that can be made available for real time analysis. This is going to be a major pillar of BlackBerry going forward. Get it into all the medical devices, then provide the platform to enable gathering analysis and usage of all of the data thrown off ! It will change how medical services are delivered. This is NOT Angry Birds, Netflix and Instagram. Fluff.

From my Neutrino Powered Z10