Wireless technologies that power today’s cell phones, smart phones, tablets and other consumer electronic devices are finding a new role as the conduit between in-home medical devices and staff or databases in hospitals and doctors’ offices. Wireless-enabled drug delivery devices offer huge potential to address several critical healthcare issues – cost escalation, provider shortages and proliferation of chronic conditions – while offering patients the convenience of using their familiar phones and tablets to transmit medical information to their providers.
Trends placing a heavy and unsustainable burden on existing healthcare infrastructure include:
Long-term care and monitoring of chronically ill patients need to become more efficient, timely and cost-effective. One important approach is moving care from inpatient to home and community settings.
At the same time, healthcare providers are increasingly being asked to demonstrate quality in the form of positive patient outcomes – rather than just submitting a list of procedures and tests – to be eligible for reimbursement. These providers seek new and more efficient ways to maintain contact with large groups of patients to monitor their compliance with treatments.
All these factors are converging to drive changes in drug delivery devices. The market is increasingly looking for solutions that integrate electronics to enable fast, simple wireless data transmission of information via consumer devices such as smartphones and tablets. This approach can mean increased revenues for device manufacturers.
Consider an injection device for delivering insulin units for a diabetic patient. With advances in electronic computing power in small form factors such as mobile phones, the same technology is easily designed into a pen-type device for capturing critical drug delivery information. Data collected from the device is simply transmitted to a receiver on a smart phone, cell phone or tablet and immediately transmitted wirelessly to the physician’s office or data collection service for analysis, adjustment to dosing regimen or alert in the case of a medical problem.
A design and manufacturing services leader like Nypro, A Jabil Company can offer device manufacturers a deeper understanding of the technology and design engineering capability for the integration of electronics into drug delivery devices.
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