Medical wearables – where we’ve been and where we’re going

 In Blog, Complex Interface Assemblies, Design to manufacture, Healthcare, iFlex™ Flexible Circuits, Printed Circuit Board Assemblies, Safety, Trends, Wearable Technology

NHS studies have found that connected health technology can reduce A&E visits by 15%, emergency hospital admissions by 20% and death rates by 45%. Given these impressive figures, it’s clear to see why the medical wearables market size was valued at USD $13 billion in 2019 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 27.9% over the forecast period 2020-2027. To some, medical wearables are a new concept, yet In2tec has been at the forefront of developing these devices for several decades.

Innovation provides huge NHS and patient benefits

One example would be our development and manufacture of wearable muscle stimulation electrodes to prevent deep vein thrombosis in patients during an operation. We created this using our flexible circuit technology, printed electrodes, and a conductive gel pad. The result was thin, flexible, and unobtrusive whilst providing an effective solution to a current healthcare issue. Another example is foetal heart rate monitors, allowing patients to avoid unnecessary time spent in hospitals due to having a product that is a comfortable, mobile monitoring device. Products such as these wouldn’t have been possible without our extensive experience in flexible electronics and bio-materials.

The benefits on offer from these types of devices are huge. Valuable NHS resources and bed space can be saved, patient comfort is increased both due to improved device design and the ability to be monitored or treated in their own home or on the move, and with measurement devices human error can be eliminated.

In2tec helps breakdown design barriers

In2tec’s technology and experience means we can expand these benefits even further. Many medical devices currently use rigid PCBs, however this creates design barriers as devices can never achieve a true anatomical fit, resulting in them being bulky and difficult to wear. With our flexible electronics, we can deliver medical wearables which are light and comfortable. Allowing devices to move with the body can also improve the effectiveness of the sensors used, especially when combined with recent innovations in creating fully flexible thin sensors.

Not only do we offer unique flexible electronic solutions for medical devices, but we bring our extensive experience in their development and manufacture. While many providers of medical wearables began designing such devices in recent years, In2tec have 30 years of expertise in the medical market, meaning you benefit from our full knowledge in flexible electronics, sensor systems, antenna’s, data sharing, materials and efficient manufacturing processes.

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So how could our innovations and experience help you achieve your technology wish list and meet the demands of your product specification?

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