Skin patches: the advantages of the ultimate wearable: Page 2 of 2

July 05, 2018 //By James Hayward
Skin patches: the advantages of the ultimate wearable
Electronic skin patches could well be described as the ultimate wearable electronic devices. They deploy electronic components, including sensors and actuators with appropriate processing, energy storage and communication, directly onto the body, typically attached using an adhesive.

In cardiovascular monitoring, mobile cardiac telemetry (MCT) devices sit alongside Holter monitors and cardiac event monitors, each of which can be deployed as a skin patch. They allow for different levels of ambulatory monitoring, enabling at-risk patients to avoid the risks associated with remaining as an inpatient, but providing a higher quality of data that can be achieved by other devices such as a smartwatch. 

In diabetes management, challenges in the markets around traditional self-monitoring of blood glucose via test strips are driving innovation. Leading players have developed continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGM) which can give a longer term picture of blood glucose levels, and are even achieving approval to work directly with insulin pumps, moving towards "closed-loop" systems. Both CGM devices and insulin pumps can be deployed using different types of skin patch, and are covered in detail in the report.

Electronic Skin Patches 2018-2028 covers both sections in detail, including details on product types, technology and a comparison of strategies from players in the space. The report includes a mixture of primary and secondary research, combining executive interviews, extensive conference visits and site visits with companies alongside supporting information from literature and other sources.

 

About the author:

James Hayward is Senior Technology Analyst at IDTechEx - www.IDTechEx.com/patches


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