It’s no secret or surprise that technology is playing a greater role in quality care and support for people, especially when they want to remain home as opposed to other options. More companies are working on developing some quality technologies that improve safety for people at home, and others that can provide monitoring options. One new technology is wearable and uses light emitting diodes that can relay crucial vital information wirelessly to a nurse or doctor for proper monitoring.
Nanotechweb.org noted in a blog, Nanomesh sensors for home healthcare:
“Wearable and flexible electronics have come along in leaps and bounds in the last few years with devices like biomedical electronic patches and electronic skin that can now monitor vital signs or take an electrocardiogram. These measurements can then be wirelessly sent to a smartphone or computer and be displayed in real time. They can also be sent to the cloud or to a memory device and be stored.
The new device was made by Takao Someya and colleagues at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering and researchers at Dai Nippon Printing. It consists of a 16 × 24 array of 630 nm wavelength (red) commercially-available LEDs and stretchable wiring embedded in a rubber sheet and is just 1 mm thick in total.”
The device is more impervious to stretching and tearing than previous renditions and that means it can be used in more applications. Another asset to this type of wearable technology is that it can be worn on the skin for up to a week at a time without causing any type of irritation.
Another benefit is that although the device was originally being designed to monitor and measure body temperature, blood pressure, and electrical properties of muscle groups, it can also act as an electrocardiogram, which can detect various heart related measurements.
These kinds of devices are becoming more integral in home care settings and not just for improving quality medical support and observation for patients, but to allow more people the opportunity to be surrounded by a comfortable environment where previously they may have been required to remain in a hospital setting. It is also expected to help reduce short and long-term medical care costs because of those reduced expenses when an individual doesn’t have to stay in the hospital.
Wearable technology could also minimize the need for constant, regular nurse visits to the home as these devices would monitor many of the same vitals nurses are currently doing daily or at some other interval.