Feeling SaaS-y? Learn how to embrace the complexity of medical device design release with PLM

By AnnaMary Gualdoni

Medical device design is going through a revolution. Between the advancements of technology, new innovations and efficiencies, devices are able to provide disease diagnoses earlier and monitor patients remotely. However, these innovations come with unique challenges, particularly when it comes to design release. Get ready to see how cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are transforming the medical device design process and helping companies more easily navigate complexity.

Solve the design release puzzle with SaaS PLM

With a wealth of mechanical, electrical and software components to consider — coupled with stringent regulatory standards — hitting medical device design release deadlines is no easy feat. Unfortunately, many companies struggle to make their targets. According to a recent study by Lifecycle Insights, less than one-third of respondents achieved their design release dates more than 80% of the time. This inefficiency not only delays time to market but also harms brand reputation and profits.

Enter SaaS PLM. It offers a lifeline to companies seeking to enhance collaboration and streamline processes. With features targeted specifically for medical device development, SaaS platforms empower teams to work smarter.

Simplify device design reviews

Before designs can be finalized and released, they must go through numerous reviews from multiple stakeholders to collect feedback and identify issues. However, this traditional back-and-forth process can be pretty unwieldy. Sometimes, reviewers end up trading screenshots and text files through email, which not only slows things down but makes it hard to keep track of everything. That’s where traceability really takes a hit.

Cloud-based SaaS solutions transform this part of the design process. They give everyone a one-stop shop to check out and review design docs right then and there. Plus, they make communication smoother and take care of those tedious manual tasks. With SaaS platforms in the mix, design reviews become faster and more on point, speeding up the whole journey to design release.

Double your power with a comprehensive digital twin

A large part of modern medical device design success is the comprehensive digital twin. By maintaining a digital representation of the product throughout its lifecycle, stakeholders gain visibility and control. Cloud-based SaaS solutions make it easy to create and manage digital twins, so everyone’s got the latest design info at their fingertips. That means better teamwork, fewer mistakes and faster design releases.

Let automation do some of the work

Automation is a game-changer for medical device design. By automating tasks and workflows, SaaS PLM enables teams to focus on high-value activities. From requirements validation to compliance checking, automation streamlines the design review process, reducing errors and accelerating time-to-market. With readily deployable automation tools, even a small company without a dedicated IT team can use automation to improve design release outcomes.

How SaaS PLM can be your BFF

So, can SaaS PLM provide an advantage for medical device companies looking to improve and streamline their design release processes? From fast implementation to collaboration capabilities, this cloud-based customizable solution can help you achieve faster time to market, improved brand reputation and increased profitability. Ultimately, by embracing the power of SaaS, medical device companies can design the future of healthcare innovation.

Feeling SaaS-y, yet? Take our PLM solution for a test drive with a 30-day free trial or take a look at our ebook PLM for Medical Devices, which explains part of our Design Excellence digital thread.

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