Aligned Elements is a Medical Device application lifecycle management (ALM) solution enabling fast development and regulatory compliance through improved Design History File management.

September 12 2017

Cybersecurity issues resulted in 465 000 St Jude pacemakers being subjected to a FDA recall due to fears of exploiting existing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the device. A security hole exposes the device to hacking risks, potentially resulting in running the batteries down or even alter the patient’s heartbeat.

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Although the risk is extremly low, the cost for St Jude / Abbott is significant. For a smaller firm these ramifications can be detrimental. The long life time of medical devices and an ever evolving cybersecurity arena makes devices vulnerable to cyber risks. Handling them effectively will be a significant challenge for the industry in the years to come.

We are addressing Cybersecurity issues in the Supply Chain during a Key note at the Swiss Medtech Expo in Luzern, 19-20 September.

Join us for this key note or come and meet us at the Expo at Booth B2045, Halle 02.

September 07 2017

Aligned will  present at the Swiss Medtech Expo in Lucern from 19-20 September!

Come and meet us at the Expo at Booth B2045, Halle 02 and discover the possibilities you have to reduce time and money spent on Design Control Documentation.

Let us explain you the idea behind the Aligned Elements and how other medical device manufacturers have saved up to 60% of their documentation maintenance effort. 

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To get your free ticket, click here: Free Entry Ticket Swiss Med Tech Expo

Find more information about the Expo here.

 

 

July 17 2017

What's New

In this release, we have continued to expand existing features in alignment with our customers feedback. Charts are now persistent, the Web client is getting really smooth and the powerful Test Run gets even more powerful.

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Although charts have been a feature of Aligned Elements quite a while, you can now save them and integrate them in your Word reports.The Chart Designer lets you design and organize your charts and present the project's Design Control data in the most capturing way.

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Web Client Usability

We have included popovers of Document Objects when hovering on Document Object IDs in the Web Client. This gives a quick preview of the item's content without having to leave your context.

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Test Run Improvements

Test Runs have been enthusiastically received by the Aligned Elements User community. In this release, we have added new requested features, improved performance and fixed a number of bugs.

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What's Changed

  • Two new Inconsistency rules
  • Signalize suspect traces across project boundaries
  • Improved import mapping capabilities
  • Improved reliability and performance for Word Reports
  • Additional DB security options- Chapter content optionionally displayed as lists

Upgrade now

With more than 100 enhancements, fixes and improvements, this release is a recommended upgrade.
Find the installer to Aligned Elements V2.4 SP 2 here.

June 23 2017

Performing Medical Device Cybersecurity Risk Assessments is something we Medical Device Manufacturers must get used to. And the sooner the better, During 2016 and 2017 a mounting number of health associated cybersecurity incidents have been reported. Cybersecurity breaches may well become THE main safety concern in our industry within the next few years. Increased regulation on this matter is to be expected.

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FDA has already published guidelines on its view on how medical device manufacturers ought to address cybersecurity in Medical Devices. The guidance outlines the documentation FDA expect to see in the premarket submissions as well as what is expected to be conducted for SOUPs and during postmarket activities.

At the core of this documentation lies the Cybersecurity Risk assessment. As already discussed, this type of risk assessment is slightly different to the typical Design Risk Assessment conducted during development.

To address this task, which many manufacturers will have to perform, we have developed a risk assessment template set specifically for documenting Cybersecurity risks and mitigations.

This template package is free to download and use for all Aligned Elements customers.

Are you interested in how the Cybersecurity Risk Assessment can be conducted and integrated with the rest of your Design Controls?

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a free demonstration!

The Aligned Elements Cybersecurity Risk Assessment package contains:

  • Risk assessment templates based on AAMI TIR 32, modelling Assets, Threats, Vulnerabilities and Risk Controls as Measures
  • More than 30 Best Practice Cybersecurity Risk Mitigations ready to use

If you are looking for a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Word Template, you can download an example here:

Cyber Security Risk Assessment Word Template

 

May 07 2017

On May 5th, the final texts of the MDR (Regulation EU 2017/745) and the IVDR were published in the EU Official Journal

It's quite a chunk of text and if you have not yet started to update your Quality Management System, SOP:s and Technical Files, you should (seriously!) take some to to plan these actions accordingly.

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The EU MDR Annex I General Safety and Performance Requirements section corresponds to the Essential Requirements section in MDD Annex I.

If you want to check how your current Technical Files complies with these Requirements, you can download our checklist here:

MDR (EU 2017/745) Annex I General Safety and Performance Requirements Checklist

The MDR Annex I General Requirements are also available to Aligned Elements users as a free extension. This means that the MDR Annex I Requirements can be imported as Design Control into any of your Aligned Elements projects and included in the traceability. The extension corresponds to the requirements in the 37 page check list and are made readily available in your traceability in a matter of seconds!

The MDR Annex I General Requirements extension is yet another of the many available free extensions available to Aligned Elements user which helps them accelerate their medical device Design Control documentation effort. Browse through the available extensions and discover how they could accelerate your project.

The extension is available here: MDR (EU 2017/745) Annex I Extension

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