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Q: What’s in store for the medical device sector in 2014?

Technology that enables wireless and disposable human diagnostic sensors for ECG, pulse oximetry, heart monitoring, temperature, and other measurements will be prevalent in 2014. Imagine the day when a patient lies in a hospital bed completely disconnected of all cables, but all biometric information is being gathered continuously. From a clinical perspective, this advancement in patient monitoring will not only increase the comfort of the patient and ease the work load on hospital staff, but it will virtually eliminate the potential of cross contamination due to the common diagnostic cables used from patient to patient. From a manufacturing perspective, the demand for disposable sensors presents an opportunity to utilize devices, like integrated analog front ends, to help designers face the challenges of achieving the price point needed to make products economically justifiable for hospitals.

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