Sensor Technology to Accelerate in Growth in Home Healthcare

  • Posted on: 13 April 2014
  • By: chw staff

The adaptation of regular Sensor technology for home healthcare is predicted to accelerate in growth over the next five years; this is according to research published by ResearchandMarkets.  According the paper, sensor technology previously used in non-medical fields are now being adapted to improve healthcare services provided to the elderly and others in their homes.

The study pointed out that the marked growth in chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Alzheimers and Cancers; healthcare systems' rising costs and physicians' shortage are paving the way for increased connected healthcare. They predicted that, “the market for sensors dedicated to home care applications is poised to grow from $559M in 2013 to $1.2B by 2018”.

The study looked at all the major sensors being used today; these include microphones, photodetectors, pressure sensors, flow sensors, gyroscopes, humidity sensors, IR temperature sensors, accelerometers, barometers, electrochemical biosensors, proximity IR sensors, RF MEMS, RFID, strain sensors, magnetometers and microfluidic chips.

The three sensors they found most frequently in use are pressure sensors, photodetectors and electrochemical sensors. These and other sensors are being applied in the home to detect if a patient fall or to monitor tremor in Parkinson’s disease.

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