Providing advanced medical care in a patient’s home once required the help of trained professionals. No longer – new sensor technology is enabling a massive migration from hospitals to home care environments.
Medtech is on the move again. New technological advances are enabling systems that have, for years, been shackled to hospitals and clinics, to travel home with their users.
For decades, hemodialysis systems have been limited to use within highly-controlled and monitored healthcare environments, but new developments are helping change that paradigm.
What’s at the heart of that change? Sensors.
Improvements in sensor technology have been an “absolutely vital advance” for home hemodialysis platform developer Outset Medical, CEO Leslie Trigg told Medical Design & Outsourcing. Though the device features a streamlined touchscreen interface, a small size and other factors that may impress patients and doctors alike, the real core of its effectiveness lies in its sensors.
“The backbone of simplicity starts with sensors and software,” Trigg said.
The industry is taking note. Investments in home hemodialysis tech have been on the rise; last year, Fresenius Medical Care put in a $2 billion bid to acquire home hemodialysis developer NxStage Medical.
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