Innovation Trends: 4 Medical Device Market Drivers

Medical device technology is well known for its ability to adapt to other disciplines of knowledge, which is indeed the reason for its enhancement. Development in aerospace applications, consumer electronics, and semiconductor technologies have all triggered the avalanche of innovation in medical devices.

Vimal K. Puthiyadath

An analysis on the innovation trend in medical devices highlights that the medical device market drivers are:

  1. Miniaturization: Many of the complex circuitries can be integrated to a single chip, which reduces the real estate of PCBs, thereby realizing products with smaller form factors. For example, the ADS129x family of devices from Texas Instruments deliver fully-integrated analog front end (AFE) capability for patient monitoring, portable and high-end electrocardiogram (ECG), and electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment. All this is made possible in a BGA package size of 8mm x 8mm and the die size is 6mm x 5.6mm. The engineers' attention to layout allowed them to integrate 43 discrete IC capabilities with a combined area of 1800 mm2.
  2. Enhanced portability: Miniaturization of the medical device has, in turn, enhanced the portability of the medical device, which will help in monitoring the condition of the patient at any given point of time.
  3. Low power designs: Developments in Bioelectronics and semiconductor technologies have made it possible to design circuits that consume less power. This will also allow for smaller battery size and longer backup time. Smaller battery size will reduce the weight and enhance portability.
  4. Enhanced clinical workflow: Wireless connectivity in medical devices will enhance clinical workflow as the medical device need not be tethered for internet connectivity for EMR or remote monitoring.

These four parameters are the medical device market drivers that will change the face of modern healthcare. But will these be applicable for emerging market, too?

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Vimal K. Puthiyadath, Biomedical Electronics Engineer

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