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• $8.3 billion by 2030

• Market for healthcare products containing flexible electronics

Rhaeos – medical technology startup in Evanston, Illinois, developing a wearable for noninvasive monitoring of ventricular shunt function for hydrocephalus patients – was named the 2020 Global Competition Winner at The Virtual Medtech Conference, receiving the $350,000 grand prize.

Electronics

Moving from discrete monitoring at doctor visits to continuous monitoring provides improves diagnostic capability, preventative care delivery, and can offer:

  • Fit-and-forget wear
  • Always-on monitoring
  • Easy body interface
  • Flexibility
  • Foldability
  • Stretchability
  • Light weight
Electronic patches
  • Wearable devices with electronic components attached to the skin
  • Rigid electronics mountable on adhesive patches
  • Increased electronic flexibility, fit-and-forget use
  • Used for cardiovascular monitoring, remote patient monitoring, diabetes management, temperature sensing, motion sensing
Smart clothing
  • Interface interacts with body
  • E-textiles involve electronic, textile components
  • Can achieve always-on monitoring
In vitro diagnostics
  • Moves diagnostics from centralized laboratories to point-of-care
Smart packaging
  • Applied to blister packs
  • track patient medication adherence
Enabling technologies
  • Flexible substrates
  • Conductive inks
  • Flexible circuit boards
  • Flexible sensors
  • Components in e-textiles

Source: IDTechEx