Global demographics are changing; an aging population and increasingly sedentary western lifestyles mean that today 70-78% of health budget expenditure is on chronic disease. Existing healthcare information systems were designed to manage acute illness, and are unable to cope with pervasive monitoring of long-term conditions. With healthcare budgets overstretched, the forecasted additional demands are simply unsustainable with current practice. A new paradigm is required.

Disruptive System-on-Chip signal processing technology is delivering a new era of intelligent, nano-powered, real-time wireless body monitoring systems. This paper explains how, by enabling low-cost, disposable ‘telemedicine’ platforms, this technology is poised to bring the economies of scale of the semiconductor industry to healthcare and lifestyle management markets for the first time.

Reprinted in its entirety from ARM IQ Vol. 6, No. 4, 2007