Wireless Connectivity for Acute, Chronic & Research Applications

Healthcare

Most applications for chronic care are largely non-reimbursed and tend to be considered ‘consumer’ Class I FDA devices, though there are exceptions such as consumables for the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus or devices for proof of compliance.

Chronic care devices do need to offer connectivity for provisioning and monitoring of the patient. Solutions for FDA Class I devices however tend to be price sensitive, compared to Class II/III. The requirements for the latter in Acute & RUO (Research Use Only) products are radically different.

As an example, where BER/FER rates for consumer devices of 3-5% might be acceptable for a consumer Class I device, that would be intolerable for a Class II/III device intended for in-hospital deployment. Product specifications, documentation, process management, engineering, manufacturing and deployment are all set to a much higher standard with devices that are deployed in life/death situations. Latency is a much more important parameter for acute care applications, than for example throughput or range. While all these factors set essential design constraints, trade-offs in total system implementation is what sets RTX apart.

RTX has built years of expertise in the design and manufacturing of devices that are intended for these more specialized and challenging markets.

From wireless systems that monitor critically ill patients to hearing aid accessories, we have the experience, technology and industry understanding to help you conceive, design and manufacture unique wireless devices.

Contact us at Design Services to learn more

Product examples

Patient monitors and alarms

Continuous Patient Monitoring (CPM) of vital signs in the 1.4 GHz, 2.4 GHz & 5.8 GHz bands

Infusion pump control and telemetry

High-reliability, low-latency wireless telemetry in the 1.4 GHz, 1.9 GHz, 2.4 GHz & 5.8 GHz bands

Asset tracking & management

Directional beacons in the 1.9 GHz & 2.4 GHz bands for network based asset tracking & management

Hearing aid accessories

Wireless control & management of hearing aids - facilitating low-latency audio streaming and control (1.9 GHz & 2.4 GHz)

Features and benefits

Guaranteed data integrity

Mutual authentication and per-message authentication, such as CBC-MAC, ensuring data integrity

Low and predictable latency

Look-ahead scheduling protocol and redundant transmission schemes to guarantee performance & predictability

Low power consumption

Ultra-low power consumption between data transmissions as well as low-current RF circuitry to ensure best-in-class power efficiency for battery operated devices

Interference avoidance

Custom-built RF technology combined with many years of theoretical knowledge and practical experience ensures maximum protection againts disturbances by other RF sources

Pre-FDA & HIPAA compliant platform

Quality, documentation and security levels that meet FDA & HIPAA requirements. Production units manufactured in ISO 13485 certified facilities

Precise positioning and location

RTX has multiple technology platforms for location and positioning, from multi-km and meter accuracy to indoor positioning down to 10 cm.

High security

Several security options available from data encryption such as AES128 and AES256 to full system security such as FIPS140-2

Available technologies

Proprietary radio in licensed and ISM bands

We have a long track record designing systems for license-free bands, but using a dedicated transmission technology that brings performance unmatched by standard technologies.

Bluetooth & Bluetooth low energy (BLE)

Bluetooth and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) has been widely used for body area network sensor devices running on the smallest batteries possible.

Wi-Fi

RTX has a strong technology portfolio of Wi-Fi platforms using 802.11bgn and .ac for both 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz frequency bands.

Multi-cellular roaming radio

Licensed and license-free RF technology for campus-wide networks

Ultra-Wide Band (UWB)

We use Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) radio technology in the 3.4 – 6.5 GHz frequency bands to provide precise indoor and outdoor 3D locations with a precision better than 0.5m. We also use UWB technology when there is a demand for highly reliable wireless transfer of shorter data packets by providing both the node as well as the infrastructure.

WMTS & MBAN

RTX has a long track record in designing and manufacturing communication modules for the US Wireless Medical band on 1.4 GHz (WMTS). RTX is also familiar with the more newly dedicated and protected Medical Body Area Network frequency band (2360-2400 MHz), which by the FCC in 2012 was designated for wearable or implanted wireless medical devices like e.g. low-cost or even disposable sensors.

Cases

Supporting tools and products

In addition to our design services for the development of your customized Healthcare product, we offer a range of semi-customized and standard tools and products to support your development - for example: