Disposable health patch

Continuous health monitoring will enable us to find non-invasive diagnostic methods for drug and behavioral interventions, improve therapies and use remote patient monitoring to reduce hospital readmissions.

Recording the full story of our health

For decades, doctors mostly based their decisions on snapshots of our health: a blood sample, a quick listen to the beating of our hearts or the breathing of our lungs. 

Yet those unique points in time can be deceptive about our general condition. Continuous 24-hours monitoring is more reliable, especially under everyday conditions. 

Such long-term monitoring requires technologies to enable a device that’s versatile and reliable, user-friendly and low-cost. And imec has worked out a prototype that meets all these characteristics.

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Health patch

Prototype of imec's health patch. Please note that this is not available for use as an evaluation kit.

Powerful and secure data transmission

The disposable health patch is built around imec’s MUSEIC v3: an all-in-one system-on-chip (SoC) that measures all the vital health signs:

  • heart rate using ECG
  • breathing rate using bioimpedance (BioZ)
  • blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) using photoplethysmography (PPG)

The collected information is preprocessed on-chip. That significantly reduces the amount of data which is then transmitted to a mobile phone, base station or the cloud through the integrated Bluetooth LE radio connection. 

The transfer is 100 percent secure thanks to dedicated on-chip hardware for encryption and authentication.

Health patch for continuous remote patient monitoring

Thanks to the use of printed electronics, dry electrodes and silicone-based skin adhesives, imec’s health patch is comfortable to wear and doesn’t irritate the skin.

Because of the low-power system-on-chip design approach of MUSEIC v3, an unprecedented battery life is achieved on standard batteries.

It’s also fully disposable, because of its low-cost design and non-toxic battery. 

That makes this health patch an ideal solution for ambulatory long-term monitoring. Think about the benefits for chronic patients or people recovering from surgery: they can be checked continuously at home without having to come to the hospital every day. Making their lives easier and their treatments more effective.

Want to kick-start your consumer or medical product development by leveraging the SoC, sensors, algorithms and design capabilities used in imec's health patch? 

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