Traditionally, diagnostic tests for the detection of health conditions have been performed in centralized healthcare settings, such as hospitals and commercial laboratories. While a centralized laboratory can turn around a large number of tests per day, the turnaround time for the patient is long. In many cases, such as in the emergency room or for a patient with an infectious disease, time is critical. Moreover, it is not always possible or reasonable to ask the patient to travel to a centralized healthcare facility.
Companies have been developing point-of-care diagnostics to bring increased efficiency to the healthcare system. Point-of-care diagnostics can range from those for use by healthcare professionals in a decentralized setting, to those designed for use by patients within the comfort of their own home. Overall, the devices increase the accessibility to actionable data.
Attendees of Healthcare Sensor Innovations USA 2020 will hear from industry representatives on how advanced sensors, sensor fusion, algorithms, analytics and artificial intelligence can enable point-of-care testing and the movement towards the decentralization of healthcare. Included in our coverage of point-of-care diagnostics is a conference session on point-of-care biosensors, a market that IDTechEx has forecast to reach $43 billion by 2029.
Maxim Integrated: Sensor fusion for wearables
One of our keynote speakers at Healthcare Sensor Innovations USA 2020 is Sudhir Mulpuru, Director of Business Development at Maxim Integrated. Maxim Integrated offer a wide variety of solutions for wearable devices, including sensors for health and fitness wearables. Attendees will learn about how multiple measurements captured in wearables today can be used to improve the accuracy of actionable insights. By combining multiple measurements such as heart rate, sleep, and stress, a more complete view of the person's health can be obtained.
Fluxergy: Point-of-care diagnostics
IDTechEx has invited Dr Ali Tinazli, Chief Commercial Officer of Fluxergy, to share with us their developments in point-of-care diagnostics. Fluxergy's platform encompasses PCR, chemistry, immunochemistry, and cytometry in a single device, with detection within 15-45 minutes of sample collection. Based on patented microfluidics and advanced sensors, Fluxergy's technology will help physicians make critical decisions faster.
Plextek: Headphones that warn of hearing loss
Advanced sensors can also help people detect health conditions early on, significantly before they are even felt by the patient themselves. Dr Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical & Healthcare at Plextek, will present on their technology for detection of noise-induced hearing loss that can be integrated into commercial headphones. Based on the accurate measurement of auditory evoked potentials, this technology will help users take action early to prevent further hearing damage.
Melexis: Miniaturizing temperature sensors for wearables
Raised body temperature is a common medical sign of infection, and thus body temperature is used routinely as a method of detection. Melexis have developed advanced technology that has resolved the conflicting requirements between size and accuracy of infra-red sensors, and OEM Business
Development Manager Vincenzo Sacco will speak on the applications that can benefit from integrating a miniaturized infrared sensor into health-related wearables and point-of-care diagnostics.
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Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Wearable Europe 2020 on 13 - 14 May 2020 at Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany hosted by IDTechEx.