Smart HMI provides the advantage for innovations in personalised medicine

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Smart Human-Machine Interfaces (HMIs) are revolutionising a range of sectors across the globe, from motorsports to wearables, but some of the most innovative possibilities emerge in the medical sector. Smart HMIs can take medicine into uncharted territory, where our healthcare is as unique as our fingerprint, and treatments are tailor-made for our specific needs and our body’s responses. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most cutting-edge uses for Smart HMIs that make healthcare more precise, more proactive, and more personalised.

Smart HMIs provide more personalised data collection

As time goes on and our understanding of the human body grows, we understand that different people require vastly different treatments based on a variety of factors. Collecting data on patients during their treatment is crucial to giving them the best care possible since it enables healthcare professionals make more informed decisions about a patient’s health. Smart HMIs, especially medical wearables like electronic skin patches, take this idea to the next level by allowing providers to monitor patients on a more granular level.

Think of wearable smart HMI that can continually monitor health indicators like heart rate, sleep patterns, and glucose levels across the course of a treatment plan. This data providing valuable information and insight into the patient’s ongoing health, and be used to predict and prevent potential issues in the future.

Personalised, adaptable treatment plans

This ties into the larger idea of smart HMIs providing more personalised and more adaptable treatment plans for patients. The ability to collect and process vast amounts of data means treatment plans that are tailor-made for individuals’ specific circumstances. This data collection can go further than you imagine, with possibilities such as genome sequencing analysis to tailor treatments to genetic makeup and history, leading to more targeted therapies with less risk to the patient.

This also makes the treatment process more user-friendly for the patient, as smart HMI technology can contribute to engaging the patient, more regularly, with their treatment. Medical wearables and other HMIs can help to remind patients to take medications at specified times (and recognise if they have been taken!) and provide information to adapt treatment plans based on the patient’s data and their feedback. This could help reduce patient stress or ambivalence as they are encouraged to think more regularly about their health and wellbeing.

Remote monitoring and treatment with a personal edge

Smart HMI technology isn’t just an advantage for patients undergoing treatment – it’s also a benefit to the healthcare professionals tasked with monitoring and providing medical expertise. Wearables offer an effective and personalised way of taking care of patients remotely, with raw data providing more insight into a patient’s condition than simple observation ever could. Patients who live in remote areas or have difficulty travelling can be given access to a quality of healthcare previously unattainable, reducing travel times for both patient and provider.

Smart HMIs can also contribute to healthcare providers’ long-term decision making. Reducing the risk of human error by capturing information, reporting not only individual events but trends over time, as well as patient preferences all in clear and easily accessible forms; to provide information and engage patients in a more active role in their medical treatment and health.

In2tec’s Smart HMI solutions can provide innovative solutions that will accelerate the medical sector with a more personalised and adaptive form of healthcare.

The importance of HMI in medical device development is crucial. By focusing on the needs and experience of the full spectrum of end users and making HMI a priority in device design, there are benefits to be gained in patient care, enhancing user experience, and ultimately saving lives.

Thanks to our flexible electronics technology, your next medical wearable doesn’t need to be constrained by traditional, rigid PCBAs, enabling new design possibilities for HMIs and devices to meet the demands of the future, now.

Contact us today for more information, or to find out how we can help develop your next Smart HMI.

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