Posted: September 19, 2007

FOBIS - Foresight Biomedical Sensors final report available

(Nanowerk News) The foresight study on biomedical sensors has addressed different approaches with future use of biomedical sensors in the health care sector, like: How will biomedical sensors shape the healthcare systems of the future? How can they impact the quality and cost of healthcare and what are the business opportunities in the Nordic region?
The project revolved around a series of workshops in the Nordic countries during the autumn 2005 and spring 2006. Nordic experts at different areas from leading companies, research institutes and universities took part in the discussions. FOBIS has studied four different perspectives of future use of biomedical sensors: Home care, Doctor’s office, Hospital and Defence/Public space.
The foresight scenarios point out that:
* The health care system will face an enormous challenge in the near future due to e.g. ageing population, well-fare diseases and new technology. Thus, development of biomedical sensors technology will be crucial.
* Biomedical sensors will be a central unit embedded in several health related applications and scenarios. By using micro- and nanotechnology it will be possible to design small, smart, robust and cost effective sensors with a wide functionality.
* Biomedical sensors will monitor important body functions and status (i.e. blood sugar level, heartbeat rate, presence of toxic agents), and advanced algorithms adapted to each individual may trigger alarms when non-normal values are encountered.
* Technologically there is a tremendous potential, especially related to converging technologies, however technology alone does not create business.
* Nordic industries are major vendors of medical sensors, and the region is leading in relation to the use of medical sensors for the benefit of health care and well being. This creates great opportunities for Nordic companies to find international markets for biomedical sensors and take leading positions.
Project duration: May 2005 - February 2007
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Source: Nordisk InnovationsCenter