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Sensors for Home Healthcare Applications: Market & Technology Analysis

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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.
During Yole's 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 sensors, Yole’s Home Care 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.

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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’s analysts have gathered all of the information necessary for understanding each application’s market needs.

Sensors for home care cover five segments:
 - Home care technologies for smart drug delivery
 - Home care technologies for patient safety   
 - Home care technologies for diagnostics
 - Home care technologies for continuous patient monitoring
 - Home care technologies for patient comfort  

For each segment, current and future medical devices and their related sensors are
presented in the report.

Moreover, innovative products are presented, along with key integrators.

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ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) are critical

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 describes 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. Our report lists several examples of companies/devices that are facilitating the necessary improvements.

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Immature supply chain

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. We 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!

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Table of contents

Executive summary 6
Introduction 22
> Right context for home care 28
> Demographics shift
> Changes in attitudes and expectations
> Lack of physicians & cost pressure
> Retirement houses and hospitals are full
> Science and technical innovation houses and hospitals are full

Sensors for home care included 37
Market segmentation 42
Market segments description 46
> Home care technologies for smart drug delivery
> Home care technologies for patient safety
> Home care technologies for diagnostic
> Home care technologies for continuous patient monitoring
> Home care technologies for patient comfort

Market outlook 109
> Market outlook in M$ per segments
> Market outlook in Munits per devices
> Market outlook in M$ per devices
Very long-term applications 124
> Application examples
> Products roadmap

Cases study 132

Information and Communication Technologies 137
> Definition
> ICT process and how it works
> ICT challenges
> Device examples
> Case study: ICT in home health care in Japan

Supply and value chain 152

> Supply chain description and bottleneck
> Current players and sensor players’ geographical location
> Supply chain analysis and potential players

Challenges 152

> Global description
> Challenges at the patient and environment level
> Challenges at the sensors level
> Challenges at the integration level
> Challenges at the data collection level

Summary and conclusions 171

Appendix 174

Companies Cited

Alere Connect
Alive Cor
Analog Devices
BL Healthcare
Cambridge Consultants
Dias Infrared
Fraunhofer IIS
GE Sensing
Life Watch
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Measurement Specialties
Mehregany Lab
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
Novartis AG

Philips Healthcare
Proteus Digital Health
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Sensor Technics
Smart Pill
Stanford University



  • 2013-2018 sensors for home healthcare applications: market in units and value
  • Market segmentation highlighting current and future applications: smart drug delivery, patient safety, diagnostics, continuous patient monitoring, patient comfort
  • Market trends and challenges
  • Overview of medical devices currently available, and future devices linked with internally- integrated sensors
  • Detailed supply chain covering sensors up to final products
  • Special focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)