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Applications for Printed and Flexible Electronics in Medical Devices

Thursday, July 13 2:55pm

Unsustainable healthcare costs are driving developments in medical device technology and healthcare practices.  The market is demanding lower cost, easier to use devices that lead to better patient outcomes and improved health economics.   Payers are shifting reimbursement models from volume based to outcome based.  Patients (users) are becoming much more involved in the management of their own healthcare. This trend is driving the need for more OTC, POCT, and in-home prescription use medical devices that are low cost, simple and convenient to use yet provide a high level of accuracy in a timely manner.   The attributes of printed and flexible electronics may help provide solutions in applications ranging from in vitro diagnostics to wearable medical devices.  Thin, flexible, patternable printed electronics (PE) devices offer a high level of freedom of design, ease of integration along with a large range of functionality.  PE devices performance and reliability has increased significantly over the past years.  PE device developers have found it necessary to dive much deeper into the application space to understand the component requirements and this is beginning to provide customer confidence and traction for PE in numerous application including medical devices.  This presentation will review some of Cambridge Display Technology’s PE devices and the progress they have made developing those devices for medical applications. 

 

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