Over the past 10 years, medical devices that were once only available to hospitals and medical professionals have grown dramatically in the consumer healthcare market, such as pulse oximeters, infrared thermometers, automatic heart rate monitors, and even automated external defibrillators (AEDs) Actively intervene in the device. These devices greatly liberate patients, allowing doctors to treat patients remotely, eliminating the need for a dedicated trip to a clinic or hospital.
To meet the growing demand for outpatient monitoring and home diagnostics, researchers have been improving flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) and data-driven technologies and incorporating these technologies into wearable devices. They are also developing resilient interfaces to connect patients and devices to improve data collection and increase data accuracy.
What is a Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE)? FHE brings the power of silicon integrated circuits to products in everyday life by combining unique new printing processes and new materials. The result: lightweight, low-cost, flexible, comfortable, stretchable and efficient smart products with wireless promise in consumer, commercial and military applications.
More frequent and regular collection of patient data, such as a return visit that may only be done once a year or half a year in the past, can create a “personal baseline” for the patient. For example, a patient’s heart rate or blood pressure, compared to the global average mixed with many factors, is not as important as the patient’s data this morning, yesterday, last week, or last month. Data comparisons in the latter can often indicate whether a patient needs medical attention or other interventions.
It is rude to say that now our cars are regularly maintained, and the historical data of car detection and diagnosis are even better than ours. According to a study by the Society of Physicians, the average length of a doctor’s consultation in the US is less than 20 minutes today, while in the UK it’s even less than eight minutes.
In this case, physicians may only be able to cite data information 3 to 18 months apart and then combine their training and intuition based on other cases they have seen, a vague memory of the patient’s personal medical history, and medical account files , giving diagnostic conclusions and treatment recommendations. This is clearly not a scientific process. Therefore, improved personal baseline data is a good way to improve diagnostic accuracy in the future.