Platform for a Healthcare Revolution — Ultra-Low Power Wireless Body Monitoring
Global demographics are changing; an aging population and increasingly sedentary western lifestyles mean that today 70-78% of health budget expenditure is on chronic disease. Existing healthcare information systems were designed to manage acute illness, and are unable to cope with pervasive monitoring of long-term conditions. With healthcare budgets overstretched, the forecasted additional demands are simply unsustainable with current practice. A new paradigm is required.
Disruptive System-on-Chip signal processing technology is delivering a new era of intelligent, nano-powered, real-time wireless body monitoring systems. This paper explains how, by enabling low-cost, disposable 'telemedicine' platforms, this technology is poised to bring the economies of scale of the semiconductor industry to healthcare and lifestyle management markets for the first time.