Electronic devices are used to monitor and manage blood glucose levels of people with diabetes by testing blood and administering insulin. To increase comfort when checking glucose levels, Blood Glucose Monitors are now reducing the amount of blood required from the patient. To administer insulin, Insulin Pumps are worn by the patient and mimic a functioning pancreas by providing insulin as needed. Some pumps are even able to deliver insulin by communicating with glucose monitors.
Examples of Diabetes Devices Include:
- Blood Glucose Meter
- Continuous Glucose Monitor
- Insulin Pump
Emergency Call devices are wearable, medical alert systems that are generally used by the elderly who live on their own. The need for these devices is expected to grow significantly as Baby Boomers reach retirement. This allows people to continue to live alone, or with limited supervision, and not have to worry about making a call in case of emergency. Some products in this category offer wireless connections with phones both inside and outside of peoples’ homes. A device that is GPS capable and linked to a cell phone can help to locate patients with mental disabilities if they get lost.
Examples of Emergency Call Devices Include:
- Emergency Call Pendants or Bracelets Linked to Landlines
- Cellular Based Systems
Chronic pain is an issue that can dramatically limit the lifestyles of those suffering. Causes of chronic pain can vary from physical injuries to side effects from medication. To alleviate this issue, there are a number of different electronic devices recommended by doctors for Pain Management. Some of these devices use low voltage electric currents to stimulate the nerves in the troubled area. Other options include using heat or neuro stimulation. In addition, there are a number of wearable and portable devices that patients can use to manage pain when being away from home or in a hospital setting.
Examples of Pain Management Devices Include:
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- Portable Massage devices
Hearing Aids are used by people of all ages that suffer from hearing impairments. Causes of hearing loss can be age, mechanical damage or genetic factors at birth. Hearing Aids can assist with this issue and operate by using a microphone, amplifier and speaker to help the patient identify sounds. Some Hearing Aids are capable of working with cell phones using Bluetooth, allowing the individual to make phone calls. These devices vary in shape and size to accommodate the individual’s needs.
Examples of Hearing Aid Devices Include:
- Bluetooth Enabled Hearing Aids
Surgical Tools are used to perform surgery by medical professionals in hospitals and other healthcare settings. These tools can be used for something as simple as administering sutures or as complicated as transferring organs. Powered Surgical Tools require a platform or generator to provide the required current and voltage for each tool. Surgeons also rely on ventilators to keep patients breathing or monitoring systems which measure biometrics.
Examples of Surgical Tools Include:
- Surgical Camera
Patients are prescribed drugs for any number of issues and ailments. To administer prescribed medication, Drug Delivery systems are used by patients in both home and hospital settings at a controlled rate. Home Infusion and Asthma Therapy devices are being used away from hospital settings more often because of this feature. These devices also have the ability to record how much of the drug the patient receives over a period of time. Oncology departments, for example, often use Infusion Pumps to deliver chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients.
Examples of Drug Delivery Devices Include:
- Infusion Pumps
- Asthma Therapy