MEMS Medical Gadgets For Obamacare Impress CES Visitors
The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was not a revolutionary gadgets event yet it managed to draw big crowds and impress visitors by certain exhibits which may indicate innovation trends and developments.
Morningstar shares the view claiming that there weren’t “any products or announcements that were game-changers ... we view much of the news from CES as evolutionary." Indeed, evolutionary. There is something illogical in all these huge TV sets getting bigger and acquiring features we associate with Smartphone while much smaller PCs are being edged out by even much more miniature MEMS gadgets like Smartphone.
The impression is that the Net connection is seen by some manufacturers as the way to escape failure. Take, for instance, small gadgets that try to facilitate people's interaction with each other: they make phone calls and text using voice commands. Or medical gadgets which pretend they are sports gadgets because FDA takes too much time to approve a medical device while fitness gadgets do not need federal approval.
Medical gadgets drew much attention at the show yet they were definitely not game-changers.
The problem is that these devices are not pioneering innovation. Most of them are boring one-operation "wonders". They claim to track activity (running, walking, eating, swimming or sleeping (is sleeping an activity?); it is possible to add more claims like crawling, jumping, climbing - basically, more of the same. Some of them look nice and manufacturers suggest using them as jewelry pieces.
Introducing a wrist-watch device in 2013 is like cutting bread with a Stone Age knife.
What's an innovation? There are many definitions but they come down to inventing something new, or integrating known tools or methods to produce radically new results. This is what CurePatch™ concept is about. They build a multilayered (storing-data thin-film layers) platform using MEMS technology, equip it with MEMS sensors and create cutting edge techniques to provide energy-saving vital signs monitoring.
To produce on-demand wearable monitoring devices the CurePatch Platform will integrate a bunch of innovations:
- Innovations to interpret non-invasive vital-signs monitoring- data, supplied by MEMS sensors;
-Innovations to optimize power harvested from ambient sources which tend to be unregulated, random and small;
- Innovations in face-recognition algorithms by Visisys Inc. technology will be used in multiple applications;
-Innovations to manage surveillance systems monitoring "in-cloud" in hospitals, insurance companies and government services.
This integration effort is aiming to cut the cost of national medical service by hundreds of billions of dollars, it would do what a computer does in computation to billions of people - save time by computerizing simple procedures (taking vital signals, offering remote or local monitoring of any number of patients, civilians and soldiers), preventing patients’ deterioration, saving doctors' precious time, in fact, revolutionizing the concept of medical care for the people.
There are over 3 million nurses in this country. Each of them spends at least 5 minutes a day on one patient of hers which translates into millions of hours saved for more immediate purposes. Similar savings will apply to doctors. Preventive features of CurePatch™ platform are to become an integral part of American medicine. One patient – one innovation MEMS gadget. Huge savings do not come cheaper. ObamaCare medical reform will then rely on a meaningful basis and method of making the program realistically sustainable rather than a financial burden for the current and future generations.