Improved health patch developed

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Imec and TNO have developed a long-lasting, comfortable, disposable health patch which measures your vital signs.

This patch was developed in the framework of the Holst Centre in Eindhoven. The Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre. The patch offers unprecedented comfort and long battery life, previously unseen in this type of device. It can also be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of previous generations. This makes it a user-friendly, disposable solution for remote patient monitoring.

“The significant cost reduction means that the patch can now be used as a disposable solution, an important benefit for medical treatment,” says Bernard Grundlehner, System Architect – Connected Health Solutions at imec the Netherlands in a press statement released by imec.

A single, longer-lasting disposable patch is more convenient for patients. It can also reduce time spent in the hospital as well as visits. This is particularly important for chronically ill patients. “It will let patients perform their normal daily activities with little impact”, reads the press release. “At the same time, it will provide valuable information to optimise their treatment and medication.”

To limit the patch’s environmental footprint, imec researchers partnered with Maxell Ltd. They have developed an environmentally friendly, non-toxic battery. This battery also improves the overall energy-efficiency. The battery life is more than a week and in many cases even longer, depending on the specific configurations.

Imec is the world-leading international R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. TNO is the Dutch organisation for Applied Scientific Research. The patch was showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show, taking place in Las Vegas, USA.
Source: imec
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