Unlocking new efficiencies in Medical IoT
With digital transformation opening a world of possibilities in medicine, the internet of things (IoT) is making a wave of improvements by connecting devices that can benefit both healthcare providers and patients. The market is still gaining momentum, with healthcare IoT predicted to triple by 2022, giving medical engineers huge opportunities for innovative wireless connected technologies and further investment for their implementation to provide precise, result-orientated healthcare, manage any bottlenecks in care, bridge a gap between providers and patients and reduce overall costs.
Medical devices can collect additional invaluable data, more insight into symptoms and trends and give patients more control over treatments and remote care. Healthcare device manufacturers are now looking to IoT devices for more precise, results-orientated healthcare, serving more patients, reducing overall hospital visits and improving costs.
With new efficiencies and benefits come new design challenges. Below are the top three challenges for Medical IoT applications to keep in mind:
Complete IoT connectivity solutions
We can help you understand the evolving technologies that underpin current and future wireless connectivity, which means we can recommend the best technologies to overcome challenges and build a tailored proposal that will bring your concept into reality.
We offer a specialist portfolio of market-leading standard and custom products and services that are ideal for the needs of medical applications and meet EN 60601-1's standards. And with a comprehensive range and expertise across every stage of connectivity to help you integrate solutions into your designs - we can get you to market faster without the need to source from multiple suppliers.
These are our suggestions for the best technologies and solutions to keep in mind when designing Medical IoT applications:
At the start of any IoT journey is data generation, whether that’s collecting data from multiple points and consolidating into one central hub, or sharing data from one point with multiple users. The decreasing cost of sensor technologies has encouraged healthcare manufacturers to build smarter, more efficient, economical products.
Perfectly complementing our IoT offer is a comprehensive range of specialist industrial-grade sensors. Capable of measuring almost any physical parameter, our miniature and low-power sensors allow for multiple and combined parameters to be measured and shared with the cloud within one compact component, so you can measure almost anything from almost anywhere. With these sensors you can be sure the data measured is of high quality, accurate and reliable.
For the data to be useful it must be accessible, which means connectivity is at the heart of IoT. Devices talking to each other, the cloud and beyond are creating a new digital universe of inter-connected technology. Today there are multiple ways of connecting to multiple networks. The distance, connection time and amount of data transferred all necessitate different solutions. Designing an appropriate network structure with mobility and management on a large scale need not be overwhelming - we offer a complete portfolio of wireless modules, system-in-package components and airtime options.
Each technology provides its own strengths and is perfectly suited to medical applications. To find the right solution for you, browse the options below or contact our technical team of experts who are ready to support, advise and provide a solution perfectly suited to your needs.
RF & Frequency Solutions
Every IoT and wireless solution requires a form of frequency control. With more than three decades of experience supporting RF design engineers on some of the most innovative designs in Europe, our unique frequency solutions portfolio is provided with the latest technical expertise. Together, you have access to frequency control products from some of the world's leading manufacturers with direct technical support from our experts. Our engineers will quickly and efficiently solve any design challenge, using the right frequency product for your application to provide the most cost-effective solution.
Antenna design is critical to a solution's overall performance and having the right antenna can literally make or break your design. The best design and component decisions can be made during the early development stages. We work with carefully selected antenna partners Johanson and ProAnt to source the most appropriate antenna solutions for your application and frequency, whether internal or external, standard or custom.
By using Acal BFi, you also have access to ProAnt's cutting-edge, fully equipped test laboratory. Complete with VNAs and spectrum analysers, ProAnt's unique anechoic chamber allows testing of antennas from 150MHz up to 6GHz. The lab offers simulation capabilities, short-lead-time prototyping and measurement and testing of passive and active antenna designs - Our antenna range includes:
- Single and multi-band
- External connectorised antennas
- Internal chip, patch, PIFA and PCB antennas
- Customised antennas