Summary:

Ventana Medical Systems makes a machine that helps deliver quick biopsy results. Because no one wants to wait for a diagnoses, Ventana has added connectivity those these machines to make sure they don’t break down.

Sean Casey Ventana

A lot of people think of connectivity in their products as an opportunity to make things more efficient. That’s a primary reason that Ventana Medical systems added connectivity to one of its products in 2006. The idea was to use a wired connection in the machine to tell hospitals if the machine was working or not, so Ventana could guarantee certain levels of service. But several years alter connectivity has changed the company’s business.

In this week’s podcast I interview Sean Casey, director of information technology at Ventana Medical Systems to see what his company has learned from its experience with connectivity. We discuss how it’s building new products based on what it has learned and how it’s using data to predict failures before they happen. This week also has Kevin Tofel and I talking about connected home security cameras and how to build a roving security robot on the (relatively) cheap.

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Host: Stacey Higginbotham
Guest: Kevin Tofel and Sean Casey, director of information technology at Ventana Medical Systems

  • Kevin tries to sell me on LEGO Mindstorms for a robotic camera on the cheap
  • I have a noise problem with too many sensors ans still not enough signal
  • How Ventana Medical Systems has used connectivity to change it’s products
  • Three lessons Ventana learned selling connected medical gear

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