Aging Population Prompts Portable Medical Device Development
As the US faces a growing population of older adults and lifestyle choices catch up with us, the need for complex, portable healthcare systems becomes more apparent. Smaller respirators, ultra-portable CPAP machines, therapeutic electrical muscular stimulation, ultra-portable ultrasound machines, electronic diabetes monitoring systems, and other products are all increasing in demand.
Throughout our lives, but especially as we age, we visit the doctor to check how our systems are functioning. Sometimes, the cause of an ailment can’t be seen from the outside. During these circumstances, medical imaging technologies allow us to see structures inside the body to determine what could be causing a patient’s symptoms.
By the year 2025, the global medical imaging market is expected to reach $55.7 billion. Demand for smaller, portable diagnostic devices is driving some of this growth, along with rising rates of chronic illnesses that have been linked to increasingly sedentary lifestyles and on-the-go meal options.
Poor health habits are known to contribute to Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, and other increasingly common issues. Wearable health monitoring devices are becoming more popular as they help people monitor their conditions without inconveniencing them. Portable devices put patients in control of their health, giving them insight on their diseases without a lengthy trip to the doctor’s office. And when it is time for a doctor follow-up, all the information is readily available for review.
Modern diagnostic devices are also providing faster access to test results. The FDA recently cleared a portable scanning device that can check for ischemic heart disease in about 5 minutes. This is a benefit not only for patients, but for doctors and Emergency Departments overall. Determining whether chest pain is coming from a heart attack, or a less threatening condition can reduce wait times and help staff prioritize the highest risk patients.
These types of advances in the medical field are already having a major impact on people’s quality of life and time to diagnosis. With our expertise in precise extrusion and compounding to achieve mechanical performance and electrical conductivity, we are able to service this growing industry in the healthcare space. We look forward to seeing what new developments arise in the coming years, and how we can help bring these products to life.
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