There is a current global trend across most major industries where next generation devices are featuring faster processing, improved functionality, and higher performance than ever before. The Medical Device industry is no exception, especially for the disruptive, fast growing Medical Wearables segment where new and next generation devices require greater accuracy, connectivity, functionality, reliability, and ease of use. This requires improved, innovative technologies that meet incredibly strict design specifications for wearability such as size, weight, touch temperature and geometry.
Medical Wearables have expanded well beyond simple, traditional monitors and hearing aids to sophisticated patient monitoring with connected software, biosensors and smart trackers embedded in everything from bracelets and watches to clothing, glasses, and smart aids. These devices require integrated systems to meet customer expectations including guaranteed reliability and accuracy, comfort and ease of use, slim aesthetics, and real time results.
Medical Wearable devices can take many forms. Specific device design form will follow function needs, chiefly based on electrical performance requirements of the sensors and wearability factors such as wear time, ease of application or removal, and skin sensitivity. These factors, along with unit cost, ease of manufacturing, regulatory and compliance concerns, as well as aesthetics will drive design and material selection.
This guide covers Engineered Material and Thermal Solutions that help make these new technologies possible for differentiated, wearable medical devices that perform better, are lighter weight, and more reliable.