The Awareness of the Healthcare Professionals Regarding the Difference between Medical and Consumer Devices: In Cooperationwith Clinipower and Heart2Save

Anna Näveri & Johanna Pasanen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

If left untreated, the issues with heart rate, such as atrial fibrillation might lead to a stroke. This is why more and more preventive digital treatment methods for the consumers to use at home are becoming available on the markets, such as Heart2Save’s AiVoni device, which is a regulated medical device designed for consumers to use. These medical devices can be used by both –the consumers at home and the medical professionals in clinical settings as a tool in diagnostics process. Due to this, it might be difficult for a healthcare professional to keep their knowledge about the new devices up to date and be aware of whether a device is regulated and can be used as a part of the diagnostic or treatment process. This thesis studies whether the healthcare professionals are aware of the difference between medical and consumer devices sold in consumer markets and whether the divisionof responsibility if something goes wrong whilst using a medical device is clear for them. The qualitative study the thesis consists of 9 interviews with healthcare professionals working in different parts of Finland.The results suggest that the knowledge of the professionals could be improved as it was seen from the results that the difference is not always clear for the professionals. Also, the lines of responsibility are not clear either which means that awareness about the topic should be improved. Through these findings it can be seen that the healthcare professionals might benefit from training in order to be able to use the new tools more efficiently in their day-to-day job.

EducationsMSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2021
Number of pages105
SupervisorsTill J. Winkler