Wireless Health and Sensor Enabled Wearables

M. Mehregany
Case Western Reserve University,
United States

Keywords: MEMS, medical devices

Summary:

Sensors are a key enabling technology for wearables, while applications of wearables to health and wellness monitoring are one of the most exciting growth areas on the horizon. A recent study predicts that sensors will enables a $75 billion wearables technology market by 2025. Its forecast is 3 billion wearable sensors by 2025, with about 1/3 being new sensor types. Use of sensor-enabled wearable wireless health solutions to monitor the health condition of chronic disease patients is key to the quality of life of the patient and to reduction of cost of health care—by keeping the patient out of the hospital and emergency rooms. Chronic diseases account for 75%+ of the US health care expenditures, i.e., $2 trillion. 141 million (45% of the population) have at least one chronic disease, 72 million of which have two or more. Examples of prevalent chronic diseases are hypertension, obesity, arthritis, asthma, chronic kidney disease, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, sleep disorder and heart failure. This presentation will elaborate on wireless health applications in chronic disease management and the related sensor-enabled wearables.