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Designing medical electronics for home use

Posted: 13 Dec 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Home healthcare  power consumption  early assisted discharge 

The practice of early assisted discharge and hospital at home is being experimented with by hospitals all over the world in order to improve patient care and reduce length of hospitalization. Applications for home health technologies include chronic disease management, mental health services, post-operative care, independent senior living, weight loss, fitness, wellness and beyond. Home healthcare is currently booming because of factors such as ageing populations, increasing healthcare costs, and demand for access to healthcare resources in remote and rural areas. For many years to come, we will continue to observe an increase in medical electronics going into the home.

Medical electronics designed for a home environment versus a hospital setting have different requirements in terms of performance, feature sets, power consumption, portability, connectivity, and cost, which is covered in this article.

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