Medical Implantable Electronics: Promises & Challenges

The world of medicine is continuing to change. More and more devices are being used to save lives and improve the health of many people. What we once considered science fiction is now standard operating procedure in operating rooms throughout the world as smaller and smaller devices are used in a wide array of procedures.

With this in mind, Planet Analog and Integration Nation have planned a special live chat for Thursday, Sept. 19. Our discussion will be based on a recent blog by Steve Taranovich on medical implants. We plan to expand on many of the themes he covered concerning the world of medical devices and electronics.

There are challenges to implanting electronic devices in the body. The devices must use little power — whether they scavenge it from the body, include an internal battery, or use an inductive power transfer technique. The devices must be packaged in a way that the body won't reject the foreign matter, as it is wont to do. There must be a bidirectional way to pass information. The devices must be extremely reliable, and they usually require very high amounts of integrated functionality.

Join us next week to discuss these and other issues related to medical electronics. The chat (similar to using an instant messaging system but browser based) will start at 11:00 a.m. ET (15:00GMT/UTC).

All you have to do is click here at the appropriate time to join the discussion. If you aren't already registered on Planet Analog, please register in advance to speed things up. It just takes a few minutes.

We look forward to seeing you Thursday, Sept. 19. Bring your questions and comments.

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9 comments on “Medical Implantable Electronics: Promises & Challenges

  1. etnapowers
    September 13, 2013

    This is really a great challenge but it's really important to succeed in implanting medical electronics devices in the human body. Many human lives could be saved!

  2. etnapowers
    September 13, 2013

    A database containing the medical checkup data of each patient could be created and positioned at an hospital control center and some alarm messages could be send in wireless mode to the emergency department.

  3. etnapowers
    September 13, 2013

    I know that there are  apps for smatphone that can monitor on a display  the medical checkup values of a patient, like temperature, blood pressure, heartrate, i wonder if it is possible to use these app with sensors inserted into the human body.

  4. etnapowers
    September 13, 2013

    The sensors implanted inside the human body have to communicate in a safe way with a collecting data archive, the safety is a primary goal in this application.

  5. RedDerek
    September 15, 2013

    Not sure how much I could contribute to the discussion, but it should be interesting to read as it happens.

  6. Brad_Albing
    September 22, 2013

    @etnapowers – that's what we're hoping. By we I mean the engineers now (or previously) working on these sort of medical diagnostic or “curative” devices. We hope we can come up with a device that fixes these problems, conditions, or diseases. It's our engineering mentality – we see a problem and we start thinking of ways to use technology to fix it.

  7. Brad_Albing
    September 22, 2013

    @etnapowers – generally speaking, yes – a good idea. We need to be careful that the info in that database is not used in a way that results in problems for patients – for example, if info on what medical conditions you suffered from was given to some people/companies…. Well, you might prefer that not everyone one knew what was wrong with you.

  8. Brad_Albing
    September 22, 2013

    @etnapowers – I'd say yes, entirely possible and practical – as long as you have the interface between the specific sensor and your phone. I'd guess that using NFC + the appropriate app would do what is needed.

  9. Brad_Albing
    September 22, 2013

    @RedDerek – we've already got the necessary sensors installed so that we can tell what you are going to contribute to this discussion. You may want to consider wearing your al-foil cap.

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