- O’Doherty cites healthcare trends influencing the design of in-home healthcare products at GSA’s “Next-Generation of Medical Technology” industry event.

Norwood, MA (10/21/2010) - Medical device companies are increasingly challenged by the complexities of designing next-generation, in-home healthcare devices that incorporate patient monitoring, diagnostics and wireless communications in a single device. The signal processing technologies that make this possible were highlighted by Healthcare Group Vice President for Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) Patrick O’Doherty during a panel discussion entitled, “Overcoming Barriers to Silicon Growth” at the GSA (Global Semiconductor Alliance) medical event held today in Waltham, Mass.

Patrick O'Doherty Highlights Impact of Signal-Processing Technologies on Medical Device Innovation

“As technology migrates to settings outside hospitals, ease-of-use, portability and interoperability become critical design factors,” said Mr. O’Doherty. “Even well-established home healthcare products are increasing in complexity and will merge monitoring, diagnostics and wireless communications in new ways. For example, glucose monitors are now storing, trending and plotting data, connecting via Bluetooth to either cell phones or home networks and are being used to analyze a patient’s condition rather than just providing a simple, instantaneous reading. This trend represents great opportunities for medical device companies and semiconductor vendors to deploy new healthcare products in meaningful and profitable ways.”

Analog Devices is a leader in signal processing technologies for medical imaging, patient monitoring, and the highly diversified medical instrumentation segments of the healthcare market. Mr. O’Doherty directs the company’s product development and marketing strategies for the analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing technologies that enable the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of human conditions.

"Analog Devices is a world leader in signal processing and GSA was excited to have Patrick O'Doherty represent the company on our Overcoming Barriers to Silicon Growth panel," said Jodi Shelton, co-founder and president of GSA. "He added a dynamic perspective on the product development and marketing aspects critical to the success of signal-processing technologies in medical device innovation.”

Mr. O’Doherty is a frequent speaker on technology related healthcare topics. In addition to today’s GSA “Next-Generation of Medical Technology” event, he has been a speaker at MIT’s “Next-Generation Medical Electronic Systems Forum” in Cambridge, the Electronica tradeshow in Germany, MEDTEC China, and at the Nikkei Medical Electronics Forum in Tokyo.

Making a Difference for Healthcare Customers

Analog Devices offers healthcare customers a comprehensive portfolio of linear, mixed-signal, MEMS and digital signal processing technologies for medical imaging, patient monitoring, medical instrumentation, and consumer/home healthcare. Backed by leading design tools, applications support, and systems expertise, ADI’s products and technologies enable differentiation in healthcare designs – helping shape the future of diagnostics and monitoring equipment, as well as health and wellness devices. ADI’s healthcare offerings can be found at

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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