International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

April 2014


The healthcare revolution

State-of-the-art technological developments open up new perspectives

Claire Marchand

Healthcare is undergoing nothing short of a revolution with key advances in long-established technologies and major development in new areas which all depend on electrotechnology.


From X-ray imaging and therapies techniques, first discovered in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to developments in ultrasonics diagnosis and treatment equipment and, more recently the introduction of robotics, printed electronics and 3D printing in the medical environment, improvement in the health of patients has become more reliant than ever on electromedical equipment. A number of IEC TCs work on developing standards for such equipment, with one IEC TC in particular focusing on basic and particular safety requirements.


One related technology that is set to experience a major expansion is that of wearable health monitoring and wellness equipment. With the help of these portable devices, we can now monitor a number of health, fitness and wellness parameters from a very early age and throughout our entire lives. They also open the door to a wider use of telemedicine and teleconsultation. These devices rely on International Standards prepared by a number of IEC TCs.



  • A cardiologist in a Mexican hospital engages in a pre-op consultation with a patient and her doctor, who are 650 km away
  • Robots are now part of the medical and surgical environments
  • Claire Marchand, Managing Editor e-tech



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