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Testing of fail-safe software in implantable devices

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3 Author(s)
C. E. Harrigal ; Cook Pacemaker Corp., Leechburg, PA, USA ; D. E. Aiken ; R. A. Walters

The testing of fail-safe software in implantable devices, such as microprocessor-controlled pacemakers, requires special testing techniques. By properly utilizing these testing techniques to verify and debug software-controlled life-supporting devices, a project has a higher probability that a program contains no encoding or design errors, and its team members have a higher degree of confidence in the fail-safe operation of the device. The testing techniques define team members, testing algorithms, and proper protocol when a problem occurs.<>

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 1988. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE

Date of Conference:

4-7 Nov. 1988