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Pathfinder Software Is Now Orthogonal

Hello Friends of Pathfinder,

I wanted to let you know that as of today, Pathfinder Software is changing its name to Orthogonal. The new website is at Orthogonal.io, and the email domain name will now also be at Orthogonal.io, rather than pathf.com.

Why did we change our name?

As we’ve evolved to a company that develops companion software for medical devices and diagnostics we felt that the Pathfinder brand no longer represented what we’ve become as a company.  We chose the name Orthogonal because it represents three things that are important to what we are

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Webinar: Accelerating MedTech Product Development

Join Pathfinder Software for a FREE MedTech Intelligence Webinar
‘Accelerating MedTech Product Development’
Monday, September 12, 2016 12PM to 1.30PM (CT)

Pathfinder Software is proud to announce that our Director of Systems Quality Engineering, Dr. Byron Mattingly, Ph.D., MPH, MBA and the current chair of the ASQ Software Division will be presenting this September 12, 2016, with partners from MedTech Intelligence. With over 15 years of  experience in medical device, pharma and healthcare IT, he is widely recognized for developing a risk-based approach to complex adaptive medical device

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CBI Mobile Medical Apps Summit 2015

Mobile apps provide an excellent opportunity for life sciences companies to improve patient support and health monitoring. Apps for disease management, patient information and engagement, as well as apps that enhance pharmaceutical product features and drug delivery are evolving quickly. Patients have more access to an immense amount of digital information and apps help make medical information more usable and user-friendly.

Pathfinder Software’s CEO, Bernhard Kappe will be sharing his expertise on Designing a Process Model for Using Patient Monitoring and Sensors for Adherence at CBI Mobile Medical Apps Summit, December

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Connected Health Conference for Medical Device & Pharmaceutical Companies

Mobile apps and connected technologies are changing the way that medical information and services are acquired, processed, conveyed, and implemented. New products, emerging not only from the traditional medical device industry, but from the consumer electronics, telecommunications, and other fields, represent different methods of product development, changing patient and provider engagement, novel safety and privacy concerns, and disruptive business models.

Pathfinder Software’s CEO Bernhard Kappe will be sharing his expertise on developing mobile apps & connected care devices on Feb 3 & 4, 2016 @ mHealth MedTech Conference in Washington, DC.

The presentation will

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10 Myths about Agile and the FDA

1. Myth: Verification and Validation should only start after all development is complete. 

Truth:  In traditional waterfall, verification and validation activities often commence at the tail end of a project, after all development is complete.  This diverges from the FDA’s recommendations:

“[The FDA] does recommend that software validation and verification activities be conducted throughout the entire software lifecycle.”[n]

In Agile, verification and validation start at the user story level, providing traceability from user story to code, code to unit test, and user story to

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Agile Without Fast Feedback is not Agile

Agile methodology has been adapted to the medical device industry to incorporate risk management, human factors and verification and validation so that it satisfies both the letter and the spirit of the FDA’s Quality System Regulation.

Agile methodology is designed to get feedback early and often during the course of product design and use this feedback to continuously improve the product. This fast feedback cycle, coupled with agile practices such as test driven development and continuous integration, allow product organizations to rapidly reduce requirements uncertainty, more closely

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Why We Need to Bend the Healthcare Cost Curve (in 3 Charts)

There’s a lot of discussion about ways to “bend the healthcare cost curve.”  What do people mean by that, and why do we need to bend it?

I like to answer that question by showing three simple charts.

1. The growth of Healthcare Expenses


2.  Where we spend our healthcare dollars

3.  What’s coming down the pike: the demographic timebomb

Source: U.S. Administration of Aging 2010a.


We’ve had a trippling of the share of healthcare costs as a percentage of GDP over the last 50 years, from 6% to

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Medical Software under UX Influenced Development

Clayton Miller is a user experience (UX) and visual designer at Pathfinder. His previous agency experience in the visual design world ranges from basic design work to UX design and development. Since joining Pathfinder, Miller has transitioned further into UX and visual design, incorporating UX into new product designs and development.

Creating a product with a positive UX is the key to success in any industry, but especially in the technology and healthcare spaces. The early stages of developing any product involve an intense research component, including

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Catalyze – HIPAA Compliant Cloud Computing for Healthcare

We asked Travis Good, Co-founder at Catalyze to write a guest post with his perspective on the space: 

We founded Catalyze a little over a year ago to solve compliance issues arising between healthcare, technology and data storage. It’s a very domain-specific problem, and many people outside of the healthcare industry don’t truly understand what it entails from the perspective of technology, development or healthcare innovation.

My co-founder and I had experienced challenges related to compliance, hosted technology, storage and data processing first hand at a

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Faster Feedback Before Development Starts: Feasibility

While change, new discovery and learning is inevitable during any healthcare app product development process, and agile processes reduce the cost and risk of change, there is significant cost associated with design controls for development, whether you are using agile methods or not.

In a typical product development cycle, a high level product concept or set of new features is given to an R&D organization, which defines detailed requirements and specifications before development begins.

There is still a lot of risk during this stage*:


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