Achieving cooperation from even the most willing patients can be a challenge for medical professionals. Patients don’t always report their symptoms accurately and may fail to conduct prescribed monitoring tests at home. What’s more, many patients ignore or deny the initial signs of a health problem even when getting immediate care could improve their condition.
Biosensors present a viable solution to many of these challenges. Wearable electronic devices embedded in everyday objects can monitor a patient’s vital signs and detect important biological anomalies. For example:
As medical costs drive prevention and early diagnosis, identifying and monitoring risk factors is key to reducing the cost of patient care. Real time monitoring holds the promise of improving patient outcomes by making the patient at stakeholder in their own care and treatment.
Medical biosensors can expedite identifying changes in physiology resulting in proactive, earlier treatment. With recent advances in technology, monitoring devices can be deployed with less cost than outpatient care. Burgeoning growth is expected through 2025, growing to $20 billion.
What is a Wearable Biosensor?
An electronic device that can continuously and non-invasively monitor and transmit physiological information qualifies as a biosensor, such as a smartwatch or athletic band that monitors heart rate. Advanced sensors can track targeted bio-markers resulting in better clinical understanding of disease.
Components of Wearable Biosensors
There are three main components of any medical biosensor:
A bioreceptor that detects a body function or level of a biomarker and creates the related electrochemical or optical data.
A transducer that translates this raw data to an electrical signal that can communicate the biological information.
Electronic devices that amplify the signal and make it available to analytical software on
Benefits of Wearable Biosensors
Wearers don’t have to regularly connect to a computer to download information. The data is sent wirelessly for continuous control. There is less action required by the patient.
When people can monitor their own health markers, they are more proactive in their care. It also helps them to better adhere to prescribed medications and routines.
Doctors don’t have to rely on a patient’s recollection or ability to describe how they felt—they can look at the data instead. This helps patients and doctors work together in personalizing treatment plans.
Health issues can often be addressed before they balloon into a crisis. For example, warning signs like high blood pressure or irregular heartbeats can be detected and diagnosed.
Better medical records
Acquired data is saved for comparison in the future, and becomes part of the patient’s medical record, thus reducing the need for retesting and the infrastructure to support it. Treatment and care is more immediate and reduces the burden on hospitals and clinics.
Wearable Biosensors in the Medical & Healthcare Industry
As screen-printed electrodes continue to make wearable biosensor devices smaller and able to provide more targeted data, the list of potential applications has increased dramatically. Today, we see medical professionals using wearable health monitoring for:
Tracking heart rates in cardiac patients even after they have been discharged from the hospital.
Monitoring stress levels in people with challenging occupations, such as military, law enforcement, miners, firefighters, and more.
Checking athlete health before, during, and after physical activity to ensure continued wellbeing and improve performance.
Monitoring vital signs in premature and newborn babies.
Observing wound healing and ensuring that there are no signs of infection.
In addition, wearable biosensors are finding their way into many new technologies, such as:
Smart watches, rings, and bracelets that check heart rate and pulse, among other vital signs.
Google smart lenses
Wearable glucose sensors that monitor blood sugar levels for diabetics.
Patches and temporary tattoos that contain biosensors for continuously monitoring vital signs in hospitals and at home.
Smart shirts and vests that detect vitals, activity levels, or damage such as bullet holes or wounds for law enforcement and military soldiers.
Q Sensors that detect subtle biological changes in autistic children to identify emotional shifts.
Screen Printed Electrode Biosensors from Techprint
Techprint is a leader in developing and manufacturing custom printed electrodes integrated into many wearable medical devices. We assist medical OEMs, product development firms, and biomedical contract manufacturers to create effective sensors and medical electrodes that detect biological and physical markers in patients. We are also an ISO 9001-2015, TUV-certified design and manufacturing facility.
It’s not always easy to find a company that can combine experience, quality, and innovation. At Techprint, we think we bring our customers all three. As an ISO9001:2008 certified manufacturer, Techprint has 40 years of experience when it comes to a wide range of custom, specialty printed graphics, and electronic products. Let’s take a closer look at what Techprint can do for you.
Techprint offers both high-quality sheet fed and roll-to-roll screen printing.
Sheet Fed Screen Printing
Our sheet fed screen printing is one of the most versatile methods of commercial and industrial printing available. Techprint’s innovative screen printing services are perfect for printing on a wide variety of materials, with our specialty being plastic film and sheet. We use this method to create durable labels, graphic overlays, membrane switches, and a variety printed electronic products.
Roll-to-Roll Screen Printing
Techprint’s roll-to-roll screen printing is an excellent choice for membrane switch assemblies, flexible circuits, RFID antennas, and other electronics products. This printing process offers unprecedented throughput. Printed products can be presented on rolls or converted into individual parts.
Our sophisticated 4-color and 6-color printing methods offers users a professional edge for all their corporate and product branding needs. We can print on almost any type of label stock, and offer laminating and converting capabilities. Our flexographic printing process is fast and highly economical.
If you are looking for short-run or low-volume print jobs, digital printing is the way to go. Techprint offers quality digital printing services that can handle various forms of digital printing options including UV ink jet, piezo ink jet, laser, and thermal transfer. Our digital printing presses are specialized to print on a variety of plastic materials.
A popular printing method with our medical device and electronic component industry clients. is perfect for printing in 3-D parts as well as decorating or finishing. Extremely fine detail and multicolor requirement are easily achievable with pad printing.
On top of these outstanding printing capabilities, Techprint also offers die cutting, rotary die cutting, laser cutting, laminating, embossing, CNC routing, molding, and contract mechanical assembly. If you want to learn more about what Techprint can do for you and your company, please visit our website or contact one of our commercial and industrial printing experts today!
The world of printed electronics is one of the fastest growing, technologically advanced industries out there. Every day, advancements are being made, creating a world of possibilities and endless opportunities.
The big news for 2014 and beyond will be the Internet of Things. This term has been receiving increased attention in the news, and is likely to have strong advances in the New Year. The Internet of Things is the concept that our daily lives will be interconnected in more ways than ever before. Thanks to devices like our smartphones, RFID tags, GPS, and other electronic equipment, consumers and manufacturing companies will have the ability to interconnect.
Examples of the Internet of Things include products used throughout your home. Smart refrigerators that send you notifications when items like milk or eggs are no longer fresh, or out of stock. Washing machines that send out signals when it is time to move the wash into the dryer. Devices that combine Wi-Fi enabled plug sockets with household light switches.
Smarter thermostats that monitor and adjust your home’s heating and cooling automatically. Smartphone apps that provide a homeowner with the ability to control their home’s use of energy. Connected homes will reduce energy usage in order to save money and resources.
Another major trend attracting big buzz in the industry is the field of wearable electronics. In fact, this industry, worth $8 billion in 2013, is projected to be worth $20 billion by 2017.* From clothing with integrated electronics, to wrist bands, watches and athletic gear that monitor a user’s health and physical activities, wearable devices will continue to evolve and create further growth in the field of printed electronics.
What else can we expect from the industry? It seems smart packaging is something to keep your eyes on. Printed electronics are, and will continue to be, integrated into materials and packaging that will do everything from create labels that reduce shipping costs, to drug packages that register when a pill was taken, to food wrappers that tell you when your food has spoiled. It’s a remarkable area that is sure to impact our economy and our lifestyles for the better.
As the New Year moves forward, we see a positive trend in the reshoring of jobs back to the United States. With new sources of energy from tar sands and shale rock, the country is almost a net producer of energy. This will continue to drive overall manufacturing costs down and give a much needed competitive edge to U.S. manufacturing. In addition, the innovation we see in wearable devices and the Internet of Things shows just how inventive our American culture allows us to be. The creativity of today will provide solid jobs and manufacturing for America in the future. It all is quite appealing and exciting.
As we move forward, Techprint will continue to stay on top of these latest advancements, whether it’s through attending trade shows, seminars or reading and reporting on the latest surveys and studies. We will continue to keep our readers and customers informed. It’s such an exciting industry, and we love being a part of it.
In the electronics world, technology is always changing and products keep getting more and more exciting. It’s an ever-evolving, fast-moving industry. One of the latest trends we’re regularly seeing and happily providing, is the incorporation of LED technology into the products we’re making. LED lighting is an increasingly utilized technology trend that has come a long way. This longer-lasting lighting has been replacing traditional lighting, and has become the illumination of choice for everything from concert staging to household lighting and street lights. Adding it into custom-printed electronics is a great way to combine two technologies into one. So what are some of the ways to do this? Well, it all starts with the design flexibility of LEDs (light emitting diodes). They can be used for backlighting our keyboards, as well as individual keys. Illumination will not only improve the look of a keyboard, but also make it easier to operate. Benefits are the LEDs form factors, which allow for low power, longer life, low heat, and thin profile. All of these factors provide for very customizable and flexible design options.
With the addition of advanced fiber optic light guide panels, combined with ultra-bright LEDs, we can fully illuminate a larger area than ever before. This new technology provides even greater design flexibility to our custom keyboard, keypad, and membrane switch products. We can also backlight custom company logos, adding pizzazz and fun to a logo/brand, making it that much more dynamic and vibrant. This creates a high-tech look, along with dimension and visibility—and is a great way to stand apart from the competition. Techprint has created products with the use of surface mounted single-color, bi-color, and tri-color LEDs. We can create a dead-front appearance that is only visible when illuminated or actuated. This technology allows us to light over tactile or non-tactile keys, and even capacitive touch key technology.
If you’re not sure exactly what it will look like, or how you envision it, we can easily provide images of samples, giving you the opportunity to see your options. If you’ve got questions about how we can make this technology work for you, no problem! Contact us today—we’re happy to help.
Techprint Incorporated is a complete custom manufacturer of specialty graphics and printed electronic products, providing 100% design, manufacturing, and support from beginning to end. We do not sell stock items, but instead provide our clients with completely customized products, acting as a manufacturing partner for our customers. Whether you have specifications you want us to work from, existing parts, or something you need designed from scratch, we can handle every aspect of the process. We use our 38 years of product design and manufacturing knowledge to meet your product requirements.
At Techprint, we provide high quality engineering support, graphic design, and product development. If you are having trouble with the design of a product, we can take over and solve the problem. We will provide you with prototypes and first articles, then make the production units and provide support throughout the life cycle of the finished product. We also provide testing, packaging, and fulfillment.
We work with customers in any given industry. Techprint manufactures custom keyboard interface products used in medical devices, and incorporates a touch pad or track ball with key configurations, custom made to any particular size necessary. We warehouse products in our facilities in the US and Hong Kong, and distribute products worldwide
We are constantly following the latest developments and industry trends, expanding our services and equipment accordingly. We are growing significantly in the printed electronics market, and have complete capabilities to design, develop, and manufacture printed circuits , bio-sensors, pressure sensors, and more. We make a variety of agency-approved, and UL-approved labels and graphic overlay products. Techprint is ISO9001:2008 certified, which demonstrates our company wide commitment to customer satisfaction, quality and continual improvement.
Whatever your specific needs, we will work closely with you to provide you with the exact product you desire. Please visit our website at www.techprintinc.com for more information, and contact us with any questions.