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European Medical Device Technology, Summer 2015

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emdt.co.uk European Medical Device Technology Summer 2015 | 17 advanced applications that do more than just serve as wearable replacements or health and wellness trackers for blood pres- sure, pulse, and glucose monitors. And doing that will take time, Prakash said. "Wearable applications in development have the potential to disrupt healthcare, but industry adoption of new technologies can be slow, so it remains in wait-and-see mode," Prakash said. "Someone has to grab it and be a first adopter, but it will take time—that is just how the healthcare industry works." A new age of commercially available, ultra-powerful wearables is thus likely still a few years away. But researchers, entrepre- neurs, and deep-pocketed tech giant Google are all dedicating significant talent development and investment to creating devices that could radically change healthcare monitoring and diagnos- tics. With this in mind, EMDT has compiled a list of some of the most exciting research developments in the field that could potentially have a major impact on the medical device market in the not-so-distant future. Smart Contact Lenses Monitor Glucose Levels Google and Novartis have joined forces to develop 'smart' contact lenses that help monitor glucose levels and automatically correct vision for people with diabetes. The smart lens technology pairs a Novartis-designed lens with Google's noninvasive sensors, communications devices, and miniature processes sensors. For diabetic patients, the contact lenses analyze the chemical composition of tear fluid and monitor the levels of specific com- pounds, including proteins, indicating whether or not glucose levels are within normal ranges. They also help those suffering from presbyopia by changing the lens focus in real time in order to offer automatic vision correction. As part of a refractive cata- ract treatment, the lenses help restore the eye's natural autofocus on near objects as well. Google and Novartis are also expected to add additional diag- nostic and treatment options to the lenses beyond glucose-level monitoring and vision correction that should be commercialized by 2020, according to Swathi Allada, research analyst, advanced medical technologies, at Frost & Sullivan. The contact lenses should eventually contain additional sen- sors to measure cholesterol and cortisol, Allada said. "This inno- vation will provide an invaluable source of data for individuals, medical professionals, and other third parties wishing to deliver predictive care, particularly for coronary heart disease, strokes, and other cardiac diseases." Such smart lenses have the potential to transform not only how vision-related ailments are treated, but how patients can track their own health, according to Allada. "The smart contact lenses as a medical diagnostic tool have the potential to fundamentally disrupt the healthcare industry and save millions of lives, but they can do even more." When a life is on the line Proven, reliable connectors and cable assemblies are here www.fi scherconnectors.com Headquarters Fischer Connectors SA Saint-Prex - Switzerland Phone +41 21 800 95 95 mail@fi scherconnectors.ch See us at MEDTEC France Stand #B141

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