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General Healthcare Mixed Media

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General Healthcare

Advancements in embedded information and communication technologies present enormous potential for the intensified healthcare support of senior citizens at home. By employing these technologies in the home, senior citizens are able to live independently for a longer period of time, helping to reduce costs and the need for additional caregiver resources in the process. Research shows that this is beneficial to both individuals and society as a whole.

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Health and Fitness Mixed Media

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Health and Fitness

The consumer market is focused on personal fitness more than ever before. Heart rate monitors, body worn fitness trackers, and body composition scales are just a few of the options out there for athletes and fitness enthusiasts to measure and monitor personal fitness both during exercise and daily activity. Driven by the fitness electronics user’s desire to quickly know their health status portable and battery operated fitness devices commonly have goals for extended battery life, high precision and fast response times. Additional requirements may drive the need for more memory to allow for historical profiling, cabled or wireless interfaces for data upload or for access to the sensor. Audio feedback for simple good/not good indication or more complex step-bystep utilization instructions may be required as well. Adding these features without increasing power consumption is a significant challenge.

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Healthcare Electronics Mixed Media

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Healthcare Electronics

Both clinical and home health equipments, such as pulse oximetry and blood glucose meters, are challenged to extend battery life and make devices more wearable and accessible – without sacrificing accuracy or reliability. By developing innovative ways to increase integration, lower noise, and lower power consumption.Traditional clinical equipment such as digital stethoscopes, patient monitoring, ECG, EEG, and pulse oximetry have all become more portable through improvements in battery and battery management technologies, and the proliferation of wireless communications technologies like Bluetooth®. The addition of features like touch screen control and audio feedback have taken away the complicated mix of knobs and dials and replaced them with menu-driven displays and user prompts.

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Medical Imaging

Medical imaging technology is continually evolving and advancing, all with the goal of enabling early diagnosis, prevention, and patient comfort. Medical imaging modalities such as ultrasound, x-ray and MRI all have complex processing and performance needs to push the limits of what is possible by developing innovative ways to increase integration, lower noise, and lower power consumption. Driven by the need for higher image quality, medical imaging applications require the highest performance including advanced integrated I/O and powerful data processing. Innovations often focus on integration, such as incorporating digital demodulation into the Analog Front End circuitry in order to decrease the FPGA processing load. A focus on decreasing power consumption and size also allows for the migration of hospital medical imaging equipment into field applications – effectively increasing the speed of delivery and availability of medical care worldwide.

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