Embedded systems are finding increased uses across different applications in healthcare. Their use has led to enhancement in both patient care and the way medical practitioners approach healthcare.
FREMONT, CA: One may not be aware of it; yet, embedded systems have been an integral part of medical devices manufacturing and healthcare in general. These devices are more portable than ever, enabling medical devices to shrink in size from cart-sized large machines to lightweight or handheld equipment.
Embedded Systems are being used increasingly in the healthcare sector. Through these systems, doctors can use imaging tools for diagnosing health problems without any need to perform exploratory surgeries. In turn, the same tools can be used to track progress in treatment. In many cases, it has been possible to track critical parameters almost instantaneously.
There are several ways in which medical practitioners can adopt these embedded systems for biomedical applications. With the Internet of Things (IoT) getting more popularly connected, medical professionals can now remotely monitor patients.
It has been possible for prosthetic technicians to extend advanced prosthetics for patients. The non-invasive technology using embedded monitoring is used to assist medical professionals to monitor their patients continually. The information, thus collected, is transferred to other devices. As a result, doctors are capable of getting a continuous update on their patients without requiring their physical presence.
As far as patients are concerned, through embedded systems managing conditions at home has become quite easier. The best example would be the glucose meters for people who have diabetes. Using this, diabetic patients can be constantly aware of variations in their blood sugar levels. Gone are the days when patients had to personally go to the hospital for checking sugar levels. Another important feature would be the fitness trackers, which are embedded systems that can track weight, body decompositions, and activity levels. Individuals using them would be able to lead a healthier life through these.
The future looks perfect for medical devices that are based on embedded technology. With the integration of medical devices with IoT, these systems are likely to find more traction in the healthcare sector.