Medical devices incorporating sensors have been a vital part of hospital-based care for many years, but have found very little traction in diagnostics and monitoring outside of traditional centralized care settings. Recent regulatory and insurance trends, as well as the medical devices industry’s response to the challenges facing health care systems, have started to paint a different picture for the future of sensors as the key enablers for the shift towards decentralized, patient-centric health care. New generations of sensors are becoming cheaper, smaller, and more accessible. Wireless communication standards have evolved to allow sensors on or around patients to securely transmit data, greatly improving patient mobility and sensor utility. At the same time, significant increases in computing power are enabling automatic analysis of sensor data, while the advent of networking and cloud computing allows users to store and access data from almost anywhere. Understanding which technologies to develop and how to position them in the right market segments is paramount to success for companies looking to capitalize on the future growth.This report investigates key sensing technology families and forecasts their likely adoption curves in several key clinical indication spaces.
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