As microprocessors and other ICs have gotten smaller and more powerful, these devices have been quickly applied to the rapidly growing field of medical electronics. Medical electronics devices can be broken into many categories, including: hobbyist platforms, wearable personal fitness monitors, home-health or telehealth devices, and traditional hospital medical equipment. The growth in these areas is driven by the aging population, which needs more and more quality health care. Also, the general public's awareness of the need for exercise and fitness has increased the demand for personal fitness monitors.
Several IC manufacturers have developed specific parts for the medical industry, and eTracia's engineers have experience developing prototype systems using these parts. A wearable fitness monitor was developed using a digital signal processor (DSP) and a configurable analog front end. The system is capable of measuring ECG, respiration, EMG, EEG, skin temperature, acceleration (posture and step count), and could perform digital stethoscopy. The data could be stored in memory or sent to a computer through Bluetooth or USB. Other prototype systems have focused on pulse oximetry and concussion monitoring for athletes.
eTracia also has worked on developing and implementing medical device algorithms for government grants such as gait analysis, inter-cranial pressure, and blood loss from hemorrhaging. Please contact eTracia for your medical device interests and development needs. We will "accept the challenge" and work with you to meet your design goals and expectations.