Aging populations, increasing healthcare expenditures, and high R&D costs are just some issues faced by the public and private sectors in health care.
The health industry is need of new innovative solutions to improve diagnostics and treatment, reduce operating costs of hospitals, optimize workflow, and increase the life expectancy of patients.
Recent technology trends suggest that the answer lies with IoT.
Pioneering IoT technology is now entering en masse the health industry to replace outdated data systems, solve the lack of connection between hospitals and patients, and disrupt slow and cumbersome technology.
HWTrek looks at some of the latest medical IoT innovations that are transforming health care.
Real-time patient monitoring with ingestible sensors
Proteus Digital Health has developed an ingestible sensor that, upon swallowing, is activated inside the body. The one-square-millimeter sensor is coated in digestible metals and transmits data to the cloud via Bluetooth.
The ingestible sensor combines with a smart patch, which contains sensors that monitor activity, heart rate, and medication taking. The Proteus system allows for real-time monitoring of the patient’s condition, which can be accessed by physicians and the patient via a smartphone.
The ingestible sensor solution aims to tackle issues relating to patients forgetting or choosing not to take prescribed medication, or patients taking an incorrect dosage.
The development of these kinds of miniature sensors are driven by Murata; a global leader in the development of advanced electronic materials for a variety of industry, including healthcare. To tap into Murata’s leading expertise in small-sized electrical components, get in touch with Yuji Mitsui at Murata.
Wearable device for babies unburdens worried parents
Baby monitoring is moving beyond the traditional listening device to wearables. Sproutling has built a sensing device that measures heart rate, motion, skin temperature, and the baby’s position.
The wearable device, which is strapped around the baby’s ankle, also makes behavioral predictions, e.g. whether the baby is angry or calm. Parents can access the data on their smartphones, which is transmitted via BLE.
Sproutling combines the wearable device with a bowl, which acts both as an environmental sensor and a wireless charger. The wearable device is charged by placing it inside the bowl. Meanwhile, the bowl notifies the parents if the baby’s room is too hot or noisy.
For users seeking to build a product similar to Sproutling, we recommend contacting Welcare Technologies. They are at the forefront of smart wearable products for the health industry and has developed a range of solutions for health monitoring, including heart rate, blood pressure, and tracking for children. Shoot a message to Feng Lu at Welcare for more info.
Medical wearables disrupts cumbersome ECG monitors
IoT solutions are eliminating the need for cumbersome electrocardiogram (ECG) devices that monitor the heart to identify diseases. QardioCore is a wearable ECG chest strap that records continuous ECG, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and activity data.
Powered by lithium-ion polymer battery, the device is packed with an accelerometer, galvanic skin sensor, thermometer, and ECK/EKG sensors. All data is transmitted via Bluetooth to a smartphone, which can be accessed by physicians.
Similar to Cardiac Design Labs’ MIRCaM, the QardioCore allows for real-time health assessment and remote data analysis, which helps users prevent cardiovascular diseases.
For Creators looking to develop a similar innovation to QardioCore, we recommend NeuroSky. They are a leader in innovative biosensor technologies, including electroencephalogram (EEG) and electrocardiogram (ECG). Neurosky offers efficient and cost-effective product development services for fast market deployment. For more info, message Johnny Liu at Neurosky.
An under-the-mattress sensor to monitor patient conditions
IoT technology is being implemented in hospitals for smoother and more cost-effective hospital management. Israeli medical technology company EarlySense has developed a piezoelectric sensor device that can be slipped underneath the patient’s mattress, which allows for real-time monitoring of heart rate, respiratory rate, and motion. The data is transmitted and shown on a central display station, which enables doctors to take appropriate action, preventing unnecessary patient visits.
Their innovation can also be applied in the household to essentially keep more patients out of hospitals. Placed underneath your bed, the device records heart rate, respiration, and stress level while you sleep. The device notifies physicians of any irregularities or dangers in your health. This can motivate users to take care of themselves rather than visit already overcrowded intensive care units (ICUs) at hospitals.
EarlySense has garnered positive results; one VA Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Center reported an 80% reduction in mortality and a 60% reduction in Code Blue activations (an emergency medical situation requiring immediate treatment).
Expertise on a range of sensors can be sourced from Aecl. They have decades of experience in developing solutions for IoT and wearable technologies. Aecl can provide temperature, humidity, pressure sensors, and more. To find out more, contact Amy Lee at Aecl.