Innovative Technology of the Week: New Smart Bandages Deliver Medication
Advances in medical research and technology are beginning to provide ways consumers can be active in becoming healthier and more independent of health care facilities. Patients suffering from disorders such as Parkinson’s disease will soon find relief from the “drug patch” researchers at MC10, a startup in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are currently developing.
This type of “epidermal electronics” provides drug therapy as well as records vital signs and data of each dose of medication released.
The “drug patch” is “thinner than a sheet of paper and can detect subtle tremors, release drugs stored inside nanoparticles on-demand, and record all of this activity for review later.”
This type of medical technology is merely one step forward to the endless possibilities that are available to improve health care in the future. MC10 has investments from other companies, such as Medtronic, who are focused on producing technology that will also improve neuromuscular and cardiovascular disorders by collecting data from vital signs at an even deeper level than just the skin.
With advancements in health care, would you be willing to rely on technology for treatment in comparison to only human diagnosis?