Understanding the life cycle stages of a medical product is an essential requirement for assuring the continuous product’s performance and the protection of the patient safety. Today’s products include combination of one or more of the following components: hardware, software, application and at times middleware that together provide the platform for intelligent features, flexibility in application and connectivity to other systems. Each one of these components may change its performance and its risk exposure level. These changes can take place with or without the user appreciation of the hazardous change taking place. Hardware and software may demonstrate failures at different stages during the product life. Therefore, successful technology life cycle management requires systems expertise and resource optimization.

The progression of new product through a sequence of stages from innovation, to early adoption, to obsolescence and replacement is known as the product life cycle and is associated with the application of effective life cycle technology management program. Such program consists of specific processes from design and product testing to product introduction, service support, assets management, qualified upgrades and improvements, and planned obsolescence. Both the vendor and later the user must comply with specific requirements. The safety continuum in the medical product life cycle is critical state that must be managed from pre-clinical testing to post clearance/approval and throughout its deployment.

BEC and its associates have extensive experience in the assessment, improvement and implementation of program to maximize benefits of technology over its life cycles. BEC and its associates are also intimately knowledgeable with the repair and maintenance services that such products’ performance is dependent upon. Life cycle risk management demands organized program managed by qualified professionals having systems understanding. BEC and its associates have hands-on experience with the design and implementation of process assessment and program improvements that lead towards best practices and seamless collaboration between service providers within, as well as externally to, the hospital.