5 remote patient monitoring devices to watch in 2020
by Neoteryx, on Dec 3, 2019 12:03:00 AM
In 2020, the capabilities of remote patient monitoring technology will be more powerful, effective, and interesting than ever before.
According to IHS (Information Handling Services), more than four million patients will monitor their health conditions remotely by 2020. This is a 34% increase in remote patient monitoring (RPM), thanks to many innovation advancements since 2014.
Technological giants such as Google, Apple, and Amazon are tapping into the RPM market; this leads to drastic changes in healthcare. RPM technologies have increased the quality of life, reduced hospitalizations, and shortened hospital stays. And more companies are tapping into the market by introducing and upgrading RPM devices.
Here are five RPM devices to look out for in 2020:
1. Mitra® Microsampling Devices
This device is designed to simplify blood collection for patients at home. Mitra® microsampling devices facilitate remote blood sampling and are less invasive than traditional blood collection methods. Additionally, this remote sampling technology is more reliable and cost-effective, making it easier to collect samples in low-resource regions.
2. Continuous Glucose Monitoring Device
DexCom™ was the first company to develop continuous glucose sensing technologies. Dexcom G6 eliminates the need to make finger pricks for glucose testing. Patients can now monitor their blood sugar levels throughout the day and night using a sensor inserted under the skin.
A more advanced version of the device is in the works. The San Diego-based company has partnered with Apple to connect the Apple Watch with its CGM sensor. DexCom’s upgraded device is expected to be released in early 2020.
3. Affordable Surgical Robots
Surgical robots are designed to perform complex procedures human surgeons find challenging. The in-demand robotics’ high price has been the biggest hindrance faced by health organizations.
Several companies are developing affordable surgical robots. Riverfield™, a Japanese startup intends to launch a low-priced surgical robot in 2020. The company has received funding from Toray Engineering to increase its capital base and help develop a user-friendly device.
4. AI-backed Computer Vision
Artificial intelligence (AI) has advanced many industries, including healthcare. In 2020, it is expected to enhance computer vision. This technology will enable devices to make accurate diagnoses faster than humans. An example of its application is estimating blood loss during childbirth. This helps doctors monitor the amount of blood the mother is losing.
5. Mixed Reality Surgical Devices
Mixed reality is a combination of virtual and augmented realities. It allows the interaction of digital objects while creating a sense of presence in the real world. When applied to the medical field, mixed reality devices help medical professionals better understand a patient’s condition. For example, physicians can gather important, current imaging information before beginning a surgical procedure.