A systematic literature review of the use of formal methods in medical software systems

Authors Silvia Bonfanti
Angelo Gargantini
Atif Mashkoor
Editors
Title A systematic literature review of the use of formal methods in medical software systems
Type article
Journal Journal of Software: Evolution and Process
Number 5
Volume 30
DOI 10.1002/smr.1943
Month May
Year 2018
Pages e1943
SCCH ID# 17063
Abstract

The use of formal methods is often recommended to guarantee the provision of necessary services and to assess the correctness of critical properties, such as functional safety, cybersecurity and reliability, in medical and health-care devices. In the past, several formal and rigorous methods have been proposed and consequently applied for trustworthy development of medical software and systems. In this paper, we perform a systematic literature review on the available state of the art in this domain. We collect the relevant literature on the use of formal methods for modeling, design, development, verification and validation of medical software systems. We apply standard systematic literature review techniques and run several queries in well-known repositories in order to obtain information that can be useful for people who are either already working in this field or planning to start. Our study covers both quantitative and qualitative aspects of the subject.