Imagine that instead of IV drips, you could just stick on a patch to have meds delivered into your system. That's the kind of future Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) envisions. Printed tech is something the research group is working on right now with small smart patches that will work to both monitor health parameters or deliver medication.
This would be a way to help in monitoring, treatment and diagnostics and would definitely be a more comfortable option for patients. The less needles, the better, we say.
Smart medicine for everyone
Certain groups, like diabetics, would especially benefit from the tech. Usually diabetics would have to monitor blood sugar, pricking their fingers to find out their current levels. With the patches, insulin could be set to be be pumped in as or when needed depending on the patient's current state.
Patients would no longer need to spend long observation stays at hospitals as with patches, doctors could monitor readings even after a patient has been discharged - keeping an eye on heart rate and ECG readings.
Pharmacies could also see benefits from printable tech, by printing these patches and being able to hand them to patients with minimum fuss. No installations or wires, just slapping them on with the required doses already implanted and released at intervals.
Modern bandaids that could ease hospital stays and alert doctors to possible warning signs? Sign us up for the future.