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Velentium Continues To Grow With The Addition Of Cyber Security

Velentium LLC is proud to announce that Christopher Gates has joined Velentium as a Principal System Security Architect.

Leadership Forum: What is Leadership?

  A recent article in a business journal asked “how can you be a good leader if you don’t know what leadership really is?” In an effort to answer this question, the article offered no less than thirty definitions, obtained from “30 business owners and experts”.  While this list of answers points out the difficulty of arriving at a conclusive definition of leadership, I submit that it can be boiled down to one word: responsibility.

The Mobile Medical Trend

The trend towards increasing numbers of mobile medical apps is clear.  A recent article in the Wall Street Journal unequivocally declared that “the medicalized smartphone is going to upend every aspect of health care.” Until recently, this trend also resulted in confusion: what regulatory requirements would these software-based medical apps be held to?

Don't Let Software Delay Your Device

No one wants delays in medical device approval by the FDA.  Yet, in 2013, nearly 60% of 510k submissions were given a designation of Refuse-to-Accept (RTA), indicating that the FDA would not even consider the submission in its current form.  An RTA designation significantly delays the approval process.  How does medical device software affect the chances of a 510(k) or PMA submission not being reviewable?

Who's in Charge Here, Anyway?: The World of Medical Standards

When it comes to standards governing the design and manufacture of medical devices, the sheer number of applicable standards can be dizzying to the software developer. Numbers and letters seem to hover over everything: ISO 13485, ISO 14971, 21 CFR Part 820, 93/42/EED, etc. While it might be understandable that a software development company would want to ignore all of the standards as inapplicable to their work of designing software, a working knowledge of these standards is important for the successful integration of software into a medical device.

Results ++

We have three values at Velentium: Honorable, Results ++, and Humble Charisma. They might come across as pithy little sayings, but they mean a lot to us, so I try to talk about them frequently to make sure that they are fully understood. So, what does it mean when we say we are Results ++?

Human Factors Engineering

Technical innovation has allowed many strides in healthcare, but it also presents its own set of problems. In a recent study of hospital-based nurses, over half indicated that they had witnessed a medical error that was caused by lack of coordination between patient care devices. In addition, almost half of those surveyed also stated that interaction with bedside devices was the most inefficient use of their time.

Traceable Flow

When you begin a new effort with traceability in mind, it makes everything flow.  From needs, to requirements, to design, to coding, to verification - you can be certain that you have captured everything.  It is a great feeling to really "own" a process that you have seen produce stellar results again and again.

5 Ways to Become More Antifragile

There are lots of macro-level social and economic factors that seem to carry us all along in their current. Those of us in Houston were enjoying high oil prices – as it bolsters the local economy. Now, the chief industry in our land has taken an involuntary 60% price reduction in less than 8 months. How do you protect yourself and your organization from adverse global trends?

The Efficiency of Custom Code

Why is custom software so much more efficient for an organization?

Why Good Programming Isn't Enough

Good programming does require talented individuals who can write code well, but in actuality it also requires much more. No matter how talented a programmer is, their code will not be excellent until it has been produced within a framework of solid software design procedures.  What comes to mind when you think of a software programmer?

Doing What Is Right, Even When No One Is Looking

At Velentium, we hold to three Core Values:

• Honorable
• Results ++
• Humble Charisma

Our Process

How did we come to work with Oil & Gas and Medical Devices?  We have a deep understanding of systems, solutions, project management, and... SOFTWARE.