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The e-health program: A new approach to health care, by utilizing electronic technology, Part 8

By utilizing the progress of electronics technology, we might deeply enhance the potential benefits of a type of interactive and smart approach, especially in the case of large companies in the field of microelectronics investing in the creation a portfolio of wearable/implantable devices for medical applications, such as STMicroelectronics Company does (see Figure 1):

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) , a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, has introduced the MIS2DH, an ultra-low-power 3-axis accelerometer specifically designed for medical applications, including implantable devices classified by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as Class III. ST has many years of experience in developing custom motion sensors for leading medical-equipment manufacturers and the MIS2DH distils this expertise into an off-the-shelf solution that can enable functions such as activity monitoring and posture sensing to be included in a wide range of medical applications. Implantable medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers, ICDs (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator), and neurostimulators have been successfully used for many years to prolong the lives of patients with heart problems or to make life better for people with chronic pain conditions. Today, there is a growing interest in the medical world in exploring how new implantable devices could help treat other chronic problems such as high blood pressure, epilepsy, and tremor-related conditions. For most of these applications, an embedded accelerometer capable of measuring the activity and posture of the patient is important to manage the stimulus delivered by the implantable device and therefore to improve the effectiveness of the treatment and the wellbeing of the patient.” (Source: www.st.com

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Figure 1

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The set of sensors for medical applications of the STMicroelectronics Company (Source: STMicroelectronics)

The set of sensors for medical applications of the STMicroelectronics Company (Source: STMicroelectronics)

The electronics solutions for e-health represent an increasing part of the Healthcare portfolio of many large companies in the electronics field; this demonstrates the importance of developing reliable, effective and safe devices: the design and engineering process of such devices is then a key step of this process (see Figure 2).

Figure 2

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The block diagram of the MIS2DH 'an ultra-low-power high performance three-axis linear accelerometer with digital I2C/SPI serial interface standard output. The MIS2DH has user-selectable full scales of ±2g/±4g/±8g/±16g and is capable of measuring accelerations with output data rates from 1 Hz to 5.3 kHz.' made by the STMicroelectronics Company (Source: STMicroelectronics)

The block diagram of the MIS2DH “an ultra-low-power high performance three-axis linear accelerometer with digital I2C/SPI serial interface standard output. The MIS2DH has user-selectable full scales of ±2g/±4g/±8g/±16g and is capable of measuring accelerations with output data rates from 1 Hz to 5.3 kHz.” made by the STMicroelectronics Company (Source: STMicroelectronics)

What do you think of the e-health approach? Do you have experience with electronics for medical applications?

5 comments on “The e-health program: A new approach to health care, by utilizing electronic technology, Part 8

  1. william.wilson
    May 2, 2019

    Hi,

    This 8th part article of the e-health program is trully amazing, thank's for sharing.

  2. MWagner_MA
    May 8, 2019

    Like I'm supposed to take as truth with someone not posting their name?  The best you could come up with is “Busy Blogger” ??
    I'm dissapointed in Planet Analog.  This isn't Facebook!

  3. Steve Taranovich
    May 8, 2019

    @MWagner_MA—there are so many reasons that a blogger may want to remain anonymous;however, I assure you that this blogger is a professional engineer.

    I would not be just placing just a 'warm body' as a blogger on Planet Analog or any of my other sites—-I think you know that I am also a professional and I would never post meaningless content for my audience.—Remember, I was part of the audience for EDN, EETimes, and Planet Analog (PA) since 1968 (Although PA was not around then)

  4. MWagner_MA
    May 9, 2019

    Hi Steve, and yes, I'm very familiar with you and your work as found in various esteemed journals over the years.  You are one of the authors I have been following for some time and derive great value from your work. While I respect your integrity, and mean no disrespect, I find it hard to believe someone can build long term credibility in this field without representing themselves as a author.

  5. Steve Taranovich
    May 9, 2019

    @MWagner_MA—-I understand your frustration, but please respect the author's right to remain anonymous. Judge the article by its content and be sure that I have reviewed and verified it.

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