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Introduction to Medical Software

Published: October 12, 2021


In this class, we present a broad overview of the field of medical software.  You will learn from Yale professors and a series of industry experts who connect the course concepts to their real world applications.

We begin by discussing medical device regulatory structures, data privacy and cybersecurity regulations, and key support technologies such quality management systems and risk management. We then take a detailed look at the medical software life cycle, starting with identifying user needs, mapping these to system requirements and then the process of software design, coding, testing and validation. We continue by exploring issues related to the use of machine learning techniques in medical applications from both a software engineering and a regulatory perspective. We conclude with a discussion of the business and management issues in this area focusing on the impact on digital health on modern healthcare and issues related to starting new ventures.

This is a class aimed at either third- or fourth-year undergraduates in computer science, biomedical engineering, and related fields, and to junior software engineers currently either working in, or interested in moving to, the medical device industry.

For more detailed information about the course, please refer to the course project page maintained by the instructor here.

Course Takeaways

  • How medical devices and software are regulated around the world. How medical software is designed, developed, and implemented in the real world.
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12 Weeks
Course is free with option to purchase $49 completion certificate
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Meet the Instructors

faculty profile image Xenophon is professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, and Biomedical Engineering at Yale. His research is in the area of medical image analysis. He also coordinate the development of the Yale BioImageSuite Web software package ( Prof. Padademetris currently teach a class titled “Medical Software Design” at Yale and is the first author of the book "Introduction to Medical Software: Foundations for Digital Health, Devices and Diagnostics" published by Cambridge University Press in 2022. (See Full Biography