April 18–19, 2018Boston Convention & Exhibition CenterBoston, MA

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Solutions for Powering Medical Sensors Autonomously


Gary Johnson (Director of Medical Battery Solutions , Ilika)

Location: 160 A

Date: Wednesday, April 18

Time: 9:15am - 10:00am

Pass Type: Conference (Paid) - Get your pass now!

Conference Track: Biomed Track A: R&D

Vault Recording: TBD

The healthcare sector is changing to embrace the interconnectivity of the Internet of Things for more proactive patient health management. The rapid development of sensing devices for Wireless Body Area Networks is opening opportunities for continuous health monitoring in the patient’s home or the place of care provision. In this session, we'll provide a review of alternatives for powering these devices, comparing the specifications—depending on the various use case—of solutions such as conventional but miniature batteries, solid-state batteries, or supercapacitors.

Topics covered will include:
  • Requirements of medical sensing devices in terms of their size, shape, life cycle, cost, safety, biocompatibility, and technical performance
  • Alternatives for powering devices autonomously, including a comparison of the specifications for the power sources
  • Options for charging these power sources wirelessly through induction or harvested energy
  • Design examples will be reviewed:
    • subcutaneous cardiac monitors
    • e-medicine – miniature implantable vagal nerve stimulation
    • pacemaker with energy harvesting