Tool suite hastens medical-device development

November 6, 2017 Rich Nass

Continuing down the path of software safety, security, and compliance management, LDRA is helping developers in the Class II and Class III medical device space. The goal is to create safe and effective medical devices faster, and at a lower cost, while mitigating risk. The latest LDRA tools do this through:

  • Compliance management for IEC 62304
  • Lifecycle traceability, from functional, safety, and security requirements throughout the software development lifecycle
  • Static code analysis, analyzing software for various quality metrics such as clarity, testability
  • Automated unit and system level testing, automatically generating test cases, test harnesses, and automatically executing those test cases
  • Providing the ability to measure the effectiveness of testing processes through structural coverage analysis, and graphically showing what code has and hasn’t been tested.

According to LDRA, they're automating many of the tasks that were previously done manually. This includes automated software quality analysis and testing, while adhering to IEC62304.

In a nutshell, the tool suite improves productivity and efficiency through automation while mitigating risk; performs a software quality analysis; ensures code consistency; and automates the process of test case generation, test harness generation, test execution, and structural coverage analysis.

The LDRA tool suite for Medical Devices is available now.

About the Author

Rich Nass

Richard Nass is the Executive Vice-President of OpenSystems Media. His key responsibilities include setting the direction for all aspects of OpenSystems Media’s Embedded and IoT product portfolios, including web sites, e-newsletters, print and digital magazines, and various other digital and print activities. He was instrumental in developing the company's on-line educational portal, Embedded University. Previously, Nass was the Brand Director for UBM’s award-winning Design News property. Prior to that, he led the content team for UBM Canon’s Medical Devices Group, as well all custom properties and events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Nass has been in the engineering OEM industry for more than 25 years. In prior stints, he led the Content Team at EE Times, handling the Embedded and Custom groups and the TechOnline DesignLine network of design engineering web sites. Nass holds a BSEE degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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