A Virtual Test Platform for the Health Domain
With the introduction of new functions and semi-autonomous movements, medical equipment is becoming increasingly complex. Verification and validation effort of medical equipment is increasing correspondingly. The trend in the industry towards series-of-one products ensures that a wide range of product configurations must be tested and validated. The related costs increase considerably. In the Enable-S3 project, virtualisation for testing has been investigated. Our research focuses on the domain of health. Virtual testing must be part of the process of product creation. In order to maintain its benefits, the development and maintenance of virtual components must be geared to the development of regular components. This chapter presents a conceptual framework for a virtual test platform to guide the introduction of virtual tests in the health domain and discusses aspects to be considered towards a virtual test platform.
KeywordsVirtual testing Virtualisation Virtual test platform Health domain Enable-S3
We thank our Enable-S3 project partner Philips for the collaboration in this project, and specifically Jacco van de Laar, Martijn Opheij, Jaap van der Voet, and Peter Benschop for their support, know-how of the health domain, and review of this chapter.
The research is carried out as part of the Enable-S3 program under the responsibility of ESI (TNO) with Philips as the carrying industrial partner. The Enable-S3 research is supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs (Toeslag voor Topconsortia voor Kennis en Innovatie).
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