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Getting plastered

EDA tools have helped to bring to fruition a mixed signal chip targeted at a ‘digital plaster’ application. By Vanessa Knivett.

Until relatively recently, wireless technology was regarded as a possible source of interference for critical hospital systems. However, now that approvals have been granted for diagnostic devices that integrate wireless technology – such as Given Imaging’s M2A wireless endoscope – and restrictions have been eased on the use of mobile phones in some hospital areas, there is a strong case for healthcare service providers to make more use of the technology.
One such application is remote patient monitoring, which could be achieved using body worn sensors connected wirelessly to a handheld device. Information could then be fed to a central database, from which medical practitioners could track a patient’s progress. Remote monitoring would allow patients more freedom, replacing the sometimes bulky devices that need to be used in situ.
Toumaz Technology is one company developing wireless wearable sensors for remote monitoring applications. Having developed Sensium, an ultra low power sensor interface and transceiver platform, the company is now integrating it into a digital plaster style application that could be used to provide real time healthcare monitoring.

Vanessa Knivett

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