The medical sector is one of the most important markets for wearables and mobile patient monitoring in conjunction with EHR (Electronic Health Records) could benefit the healthcare industry by saving $700 billion over 15 to 20 years, according to the National Broadband Plan drafted in 2018 by the FCC. We have looked at wearable technologies in eHealth and telemedicine and how certain processes for patients and healthcare providers will become more efficient, self-determined and cost saving.
AiQ Smart Clothing is an expert in combining textiles with smart technology. The company offers solutions for a variety of markets ranging from health and fitness to extreme sports to home care and health care. Their smart clothes are made of King’s Metal Fiber, a company that is known for their fashion and functionality. Stainless steel yarn allows for flexibility and will stand up to any and all washing conditions.
Hypertension is one of the major disease burdens of today’s society, affecting every third adult worldwide. Aktiia believes that wearable monitoring technologies can play a major role towards reaching WHO’s target of reducing the prevalence of raised blood pressure by 25% by 2025. In fact, today’s advances in technology allow for the integration of a blood pressure monitoring system in a small bracelet, enabling easy and long-term tracking of the condition. Consistent and mobile monitoring through a commercially available wearable device will facilitate early detection of the disease and, coupled with digital prevention campaign, it will improve adherence to medical treatment and healthy lifestyle.
August International undertakes the research and development of wearable electronic products, with world leading patented technology and advanced features. The company has developed the Audar Smart Fall Detection and Healthcare Information System, consisting of Smart Audar Watches and a Smart IoT. Audar Watches monitor health information of wearers with the IoT processing the data with AI algorithms, outputting information to healthcare services providers, such as insurance companies and healthcare clinics.
Biovotion provides integrated solutions with connected hardware and value-added monitoring services. This Switzerland-based company actively promotes the consumerization of healthcare, providing solutions that integrate medical grade quality and reliability with ease-of-use and design of the consumer markets. Biovotion’s solutions support users in keeping a healthy lifestyle, improve healthcare treatment outcomes, and aiming to reduce cost of health provisions. The company’s multi-sensor platform measures various vital signs on your upper arm (e.g. heart rate, stress, respiration). Biovotion’s wearable solutions have been awarded with multiple prestigious prizes and high-caliber endorsements.
As patient monitoring moves from single use in clinical setting to continuous or extended use in domestic and clinical environments, it is essential that the vital signs monitoring device maintains performance for longer durations and provides a more comfortable experience for the patient. Intexar™ soft electronics and DuPont silicone adhesives enable the next generation of wireless wearable health patches, giving improved performance through enhanced conformability, skin compatibility and breathability.
greenTEG has added a new dimension to patient monitoring by enabling the continuous and non-invasive monitoring of the core body temperature with their novel heat flux sensor solution. Due to its small size (2x2mm), it can be easily integrated into all kinds of wearables and its accuracy has been proven in multiple studies.
Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and flexible electronics, in an open innovation setting and in dedicated research trajectories. Together with their collaboration partners from industry and academia, they design and manufacture wearable electronics for comfortable, long-term monitoring of a range of key health parameters.
Karl Otto Braun has been developing medical textiles for 115 years. With the current shift in the medical market from merely healthcare professional driven care to patients’ self-care the company offers a range of interesting new solutions. A pretty simple example of support for these patients e. g. in the scope of chronic wound treatment is the KOB compression bandage with an indicator for secure and functional application. The company also has several development projects of more sophisticated medical textiles with integrated sensors wirelessly connected with mobile devices.
MEDISANA operates in the home health care market and works continuously to develop, manufacture and market healthcare products for end users. Their latest innovation on the market is the home care robot Medisana temi, designed to help people live independently within their own four walls until they reach old age. With smart services and artificial intelligence, it makes everyday life easier – and increases safety thanks to various health services and emergency response functions.
Medtor aims leveraging patented optical technology to bring medical grade vital signs monitoring to wearable platforms. The company has already developed a complete medical OEM solution, including wired sensors and hardware module, which has been validated in several independent clinical studies. Their current focus is on completing the development of a wearable optical sensor algorithm and hardware, implemented in a single-patient-use medical biosensor as well as a wrist-wearable module for use in smartwatches.
The moio.care smart patch, developed by German start-up MOIO, increases the quality of life for patients and healthcare providers. The flat, smooth and flexible sensor module constantly processes sensor information and interprets it independently. Only when it recognises a concrete need, the moio establishes a data connection and transmits the necessary information to the moio.cloud. From there, everybody responsible for care will be notified via the moio.app on their mobile end device and can provide help where needed.
PLUX creates innovative products for physiotherapists and researchers, by developing an advanced bio signal monitoring platform that integrates wearable body sensors such as electromyography (EMG), electrocardiography, respiration, and accelerometers combined with wireless connectivity and software applications.
Patients die because signs of deterioration are missed. There is a huge unfulfilled need for better monitoring of vital signs and other data to identify high-risk patients in hospitals or at home. Patient deterioration is often overlooked or not detected at all as the intensity of care and the frequency of vital sign monitoring is decreasing from the point of care towards home. Early detection of physiological instability is crucial to prevent death and disability. Raiing Medical is addressing this issue with a combination of wearable sensing technology, early warning system and AI.
The elderly population and related diseases have increased dramatically. Dedicated to better remote monitoring solutions for every-day life, Sky Labs has developed a ring-type Cardio Tracker that detects and monitors atrial fibrillation which is difficult to detect in a hospital. By simply wearing CART on a finger, it continuously detects atrial fibrillation without any user intervention. Also, the proprietary arrhythmia detection algorithm detects atrial fibrillation and normal sinus rhythm very accurately.