Portwell: Fortifying Medical Equipment, Enhancing Care
Allen Lee, President & CEO
While computing technology innovation equips medical technology manufacturers with a competitive advantage for advanced applications, it also comes with a fair share of challenges of adapting to the speed of advancements. This perhaps can be best explained with the penetration of standard microprocessor architectures in the embedded systems. However, choosing to implement medical grade computers for powering medical imaging equipment is not an easy decision—it entails a blend of solid engineering experience, creative ideas, and the latest technologies. The President & CEO of American Portwell Technology (U.S. subsidiary of Portwell inc.), Allen Lee emphasizes finding a partner well versed with the nitty-gritty of computing platforms for medical imaging applications to build quality products and enable faster time-to-market.
Backed by a team of passionate people with over 20 years of experience in medical applications, Portwell has fortified its foothold in the medical landscape by providing fast and expert computing technology and engineering service to enhance medical imaging equipment. Portwell designs, manufactures and offers services for embedded computing platforms that power various medical applications—from medical modality instruments, clinical diagnostic instruments, surgical imaging management systems to point-of-care devices, ultrasound systems, and more. The extensive product portfolio can be delivered as three broad categories: embedded system computing and Single Board Computers (SBC), specialty computer platforms, and Panel PCs. As an Associate and longtime member of the Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, Portwell designs its products using the latest low-power and multi-core technology.
“The focus on ‘made for customer’ solutions has helped Portwell create a long-lasting relationship with their clients.
The company has been providing computer platforms to the top-tier equipment manufacturers. The enhanced equipment manageability enables the practitioners to perform surgery in a better, more precise, and safer way,” states Lee. Portwell meticulously defines, designs, and plans the product per medical imaging application–ultrasound, digital x-ray, image-guided therapy, surgical imaging, navigation imaging, and dental imaging—catering to the varying nature of requirements.
While designing a wide range of embedded computing platforms for medical applications, the company emphasizes the long product lifespan necessary to meet and exceed the medical industry’s demands for longevity. “It is essential in the medical industry for the equipment to process in a faster way and have longevity. We provide the additional value proposition of extended life cycle product, alongside upgraded technology,” says Lee. The company’s expertise has made a mark in the industry with its computer-on-module product ‘COM Express’ that enables clients to upgrade to a robust technology while helping them meet the required computing power. Moreover, the company uses an efficient thermal simulation tool while designing a system platform, not only to analyze the heat distribution but also to optimize heat dissipation and thermal performance in system solution. Lee believes that for any manufacturing unit it is a prerequisite to restrict risk management in design, development, and manufacturing processes. This issue can be resolved by implementing a high standard of quality process such as Advanced Product Quality Planning. As a Medical Grade Quality Management System (ISO-13485:2016) certified company, Portwell also offers quality management system to their client, enabling them to conform to the safety and quality standards of medical equipment and obtain FDA’s approval.
In one instance, one of the top-tier clients Portwell worked with was facing space limitations and image quality issues. The GPU technology platform from Portwell provided a compact solution to meet their size requirements. By employing Intel® CPU technologies and Nvidia® GPU technologies, Portwell assisted the client in launching a new surgical planning system, which delivers high-resolution images, thereby streamlining their operations.
Scripting similar success stories, “Portwell will continue applying the latest technologies of high computing and imaging processing power for better products, and less power and space consumption,” says Lee. The company envisions changing the landscape of computing applications platforms with their customizable and long-span products, and flexible logistic support.
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