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Yole Développement Report on Tomorrow's Advanced Sensors for Homecare Applications

Last December, Yole Développement announced its  Sensors for Home Healthcare  Applications:  Market  &  Technology  Analysis  report.

Yole  Développement’s  report provides a complete overview of today and tomorrow’s advanced home care applications, identifying the most promising  ones. Also, this report  describes  market trends and challenges, incl. forecasts, detailed supply chain and a special focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Sensors for home care will explode over the next five years From 2000 -  2050, the proportion of the world’s population aged 60 and over will grow from about 16%  to  25%  -  an  increase  linked  to  a  marked  growth  of  chronic  diseases  (Alzheimer’s,  diabetes, cancers,  etc.). Healthcare  systems’  rising  costs  and  a  physicians’  shortage  are  paving  the  way  for increased home care.

“Sensors  previously  developed  for  non-medical  applications  are  transitioning  to  home  care applications, and the market for sensors dedicated to home care applications is poised to grow from $559M  in  2013  to  $1.2B  by  2018,”  explains  Benjamin  Roussel,  Project  Manager,  Medical Technologies, at Yole Développement.

Immature supply chain.

During  Yole  Développement  research,  the  following  sensors  were  investigated:  accelerometers, barometers, electrochemical biosensors, flow sensors, gyroscopes, humidity sensors, IR temperature sensors,  magnetometers,  microfluidic  chips,  microphones,  photodetectors,  pressure  sensors, proximity  IR  sensors,  RF MEMS,  RFID,  and  strain  sensors.  For each sensor, Yole  Développement’s report provides market data and unit/value forecasts.

Collectively, these sensors have numerous applications in the home care market, from fall detection systems to tremor monitoring in Parkinson’s disease.

Today,  the  three  most-used  sensors  are  photodetectors,  pressure  sensors  and  electrochemical sensors.

A highly segmented market

Home care, also called home healthcare, refers to the at-home care provided to a person with special needs. This includes people who are ageing, chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or disabled. Transferring a patient from a hospital to his/her home implies a relocation of care systems. In order to maintain the same level of care quality with less human involvement, home care sensors are vital replacements  for  specific  applications  ordinarily  performed  by  nurses,  such  as  guaranteeing  the patient’s  comfort,  ensuring  their  safety,  monitoring  body  parameters  and  treatments,  and  drug delivery.

Using a disruptive segmentation, Yole Développement’s analysts have gathered all of the information necessary for understanding each application’s market needs.

Sensors  for  home  care  cover  five  segments:  smart  drug  delivery  -  patient  safety  –  diagnostics  -continuous  patient  monitoring  -  patient  comfort.  For  each  segment,  current  and  future  medical
devices and their related sensors are detailed. Moreover, innovative products are presented, along with key integrators. ICT are becoming integral to home care applications, both for delivering and providing accessibility to healthcare for home-based patients with chronic illness.

Although in recent years ICT have been increasingly used in healthcare, inter-country efforts  have become fragmented, and could benefit from improved cross-border coordination. In this report, Yole développement analysts describe how ICT systems work, the benefits and drawbacks to using ICT in home care, and ICT’s remaining key challenges.

Speaking  of these remaining challenges, there’s still a ways to go in order to improve infrastructure and  personal  communication  devices.  Yole  Développement  report  lists  several  examples  of companies/devices that are facilitating the necessary improvements Due to the entire system’s immaturity, the supply chain for sensors in home care applications is still under construction. Sensor players are prepared to supply qualified MEMS sensors, but integrators, ICT players and home implementation players still face  many difficulties. This report devotes an entire chapter  to  the  general  challenges  present  at  each  supply  chain  level,  and  the  main  trends.

The analysts also list the main players at each level, especially at the MEMS sensor level. Pressure sensors, inertial sensors, flow sensors and other sensors used in home care applications are ready to be integrated!

About Sensors for Home Healthcare Applications: Market & Technology Analysis report:

  • Authors:

Benjamin Roussel is a Project Manager at Yole  Développement involved in microfluidic and medical technologies  fields.  He  holds  a  pharmacy  diploma  from  the  University  Claude  Bernard  Lyon, complemented  by  a  master  degree  in  Technology  and  Innovation  Management  from  EM  Lyon Business School.

Wenbin  Ding  is  responsible  for  MEMS  market  research  at  Yole  Développement.  She  previously worked at research enter CEA, Grenoble France. She holds a Microelectronics Engineering degree
from the National Engineering School in Caen, plus a Master Degree in Business Administration from IAE Caen, France.

  • Catalogue price:

Euros 5,990.00 (Full report -  Multi user license) –  Euros 2,990 (Executive Summary) –  Publication date: December 2013. For special offers and the price in dollars, please contact David Jourdan ([email protected] or +33 472 83 01 90).

  • Companies cited in the report:

Advocate, AirTrip, Alere Connect, AliveCor, Analog Devices, Asahi Kasei, Atlas, Avivo, BL Healthcare, Boehringer ingelheim, Cambridge Consultants,  Corventis, Debiotech, Dias Infrared, Excelitas, Fitbit, Fraunhofer  IIS,  Freescale,  Fujistu,  Fukuda  Denshi,  GE  Sensing,  Heapsylon,  Heimann,  Hitachi, Honeywell,  HSG-IMIT,  Huiqin,  IMEC,  Instabeat,  InvenSense,  LG,  LifeWatch,  Lively,  Lumoback Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Measurement specialties, Mehregany Lab, Melexis, Microlife, MultiSense, Murata, Myca, mySkin, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, NEC Soft, Nicera, Nichii Gakkan, Nike, Novartis AG, NTT Group, Omron, Panasonic, Philips Healthcare, Proteus digital health, Qmedic’s, Qualcomm, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, ResMed, SBS Information Systems,  Secom,  Sensaris,  Sense4Baby,  Sensimed,  SensorTechnics,  SmartPill,  Sony,  Stanford University, STMicroelectronics, Tactilus, Teijin, Terumo, Toshiba, Tronics, Wellsense, Willcom, Xsens,
Yongsheng, Yuyama…About Yole Dévelopement –

Founded in 1998, Yole Dévelopement has grown to become a group of companies providing marketing, technology and strategy consulting, media in addition to corporate finance services. With a strong focus on emerging applications using  silicon  and/or  micro  manufacturing,  Yole  Développement  group  has  expanded  to  include  more  than  50 associates  worldwide  covering  MEMS,  Compound  Semiconductors,  LED,  Image  Sensors,  Optoelectronics, Microfluidics  &  Medical,  Photovoltaics,  Advanced  Packaging,  Nanomaterials  and  Power  Electronics.  The  group supports industrial companies, investors and R&D organizations worldwide to help them understand markets and follow technology trends to develop their business.

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