Healthcare Devices 2015: Review
One of the Healthcare Industry’s most pronounced features is that it is plagued by regulation and long product development timelines. Because of this, developing and introducing new products can be challenging for companies big and small alike.
Innovation in wearable devices extends well beyond activity trackers that help users improve their quality of life and collect vital health data. Some medical device producers are developing home diagnosis tools that can transmit data about a child’s temperature to her parents’ smartphones. Other companies are developing bracelets to monitor heart and pulmonary diseases and headsets which measure brain activity in Alzheimer’s patients.
Here are some of the medical devices we expect to hear the most about in 2015:
1. Portable Blood Glucose Monitors
Many companies have already developed blood glucose monitors capable of measuring different indicators in real time. Google, for example, has announced the release of a smart contact lens that let’s people with diabetes monitor their glucose level. This type of device helps diabetics avoid the type of blood glucose imbalance that so often leads to negative health outcomes.
2. Newborn Incubators
Respiratory failure is a leading cause of infant mortality in developing countries. Bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP for short, was developed to provide low-cost and effective respiratory support to newborns. So it is expected to replace old systems to a new that are more efficient and low-cost in the nearest future.
3. Hearing Aids
Next generation hearing aids will be more than just a solution to hearing loss. Once connected to a user’s smartphone via Bloothtooth, these devices will give wearers the opportunity to answer phone calls and listen to music and television all through their hearing aid. Users will be able to use their hearing aids to increase or decrease the volume of a given application, or reduce the volume of background noise.
4. Smart Artificial Limbs and Prosthetics
Engineers in South Korea have already invented smart skin made of polydimethylsiloxane that simulates the feel of real touch for wearers of medical prosthetics. In the U.S., the FDA has approved the use of a tiny retinal prosthetic which connects with a wearer's spinal cord in order to simulate real-life movements in artificial limbs.
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