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A Blood Lab Under the Skin

A Blood Lab under the Skin Wireless, implantable medical devices are set to transform predictive medicine Scientists at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a tiny, portable personal blood testing laboratory. A miniature device implanted under the skin provides an immediate analysis of substances in the body, and an external patch transmits the data via Bluetooth to a smartphone which sends the results to a doctor over the cellular phone network. SKIN EXTERNAL PATCH Powers the chip via an inductive link Collects and transmits data via Bluetooth to smartphone or iPad IMPLANTABLE CHIP Embedded in tissue under skin 14 mm long (~9/16") 5 electrochemical and molecular sensors measure up to 5 parameters An external patch transmits data via Bluetooth to the The chip's sensors detect human metabolites in the body and send measurements to the external patch patient's smartphone, which then sends the data to the patient's healthcare provider. MEASURING METABOLITES Detecting metabolites in the blood stream is a key element of predictive medicine. The presence of metabolites in the bloodstream can indicate an 14 mm impending crisis - such as when troponin is released by the heart hours before an impending heart attack. The healthcare provider receives data from the patient's smartphone or iPad and monitors the patient's condition remotely. BENEFITS Enables predictive medicine. Monitors patients from far away. Facilitates monitoring of patients with chronic conditions. Can detect and predict imminent crises hours earlier. Can potentially predict a heart attack hours before it happens by detecting key metabolites such as troponin in the blood. HEALTHCARE A Digital Splash Media MedTech Visual Explanation Source: http://youtu.be/DBa41wej-NE Created by: Jeff Bennett, DigitalSplashMedia.com PROVIDER

A Blood Lab Under the Skin

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scientists at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a tiny, portable personal blood testing laboratory. A miniature device implanted under the skin provides an immediate a...

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