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HealthTech applications

Imaging | Health | Fitness

We are passionate about developing innovative components to promote healthier lives. We help customers create the most innovative products for transforming health care worldwide – and thus make health care more flexible, affordable and accessible.

Our HealthTech portfolio of high-quality analog and embedded processing technology helps ensure that health care components are more reliable, powerful and small. These innovations are helping revolutionize medical advancements. Applications in portable medical devices, for example, help patients receive care or monitor themselves at home. Other applications are making treatments less intrusive and painful.

Imaging

Medical imaging technology is continually evolving and advancing, all with the goal of improving early diagnosis, prevention and patient comfort. Our technology is bringing medical imaging to the patient, whether at an accident scene or in a military zone.

Pocket-sized ultrasound machines are now on the market, enabled by analog and digital signal processing technology, which makes diagnostics possible from almost anywhere. Health providers can avoid invasive procedures to diagnose ailments, order tests, and determine a course of treatment using ultrasound as a diagnostic tool – before a patient ever sets foot in a hospital or sonographer's office.

Our DLP® technology and near-infrared medical imaging equipment were put into a product that overlays a map of a patient's veins onto the surface of the skin. Health care professionals can clearly see the veins, which help them expedite blood draws on the elderly, children, cancer patients and others – and reduces the trauma of multiple needle sticks.

Medical imaging modalities such as ultrasound, X-ray, computed tomography scan, positron emission tomography scan and magnetic resonance imaging all have complex processing and performance needs that push the limits of what is possible. By developing innovative ways to increase integration and lower noise and power consumption, our components make high-performance medical imaging more flexible, affordable and accessible.

Health

TI innovations are helping to move professional treatments beyond the hospital and into physician offices and patient homes. Our fully integrated analog family for electrocardiogram and electroencephalography applications makes these systems smaller and more portable. By using 95 percent less board space, this technology can be easily integrated with other patient monitoring or diagnostic tools and can be carried, concealed or worn on the body.

Chronic diseases place a tremendous burden on the health care system, both in terms of costs and frequent patient visits. Bringing medical technology directly to the point of care and into the home can significantly improve patients' quality of life, reduce health care costs, and make a significant impact on how chronic diseases are managed.

For example, our technology extends the battery life in portable and noninvasive medical devices, and allows them to be wearable and accessible – without sacrificing their accuracy or reliability. As a result, physicians can discharge patients from hospitals earlier and monitor their clinical data remotely. Patients can now use equipment such as pulse oximetry and blood glucose meters, which noninvasively measure oxygen and sugar in the blood, respectively, at home.

Fitness

The consumer market is focused on personal fitness more than ever. Heart-rate monitors, fitness trackers worn on the body and body-composition scales are just a few of the options available for athletes and fitness enthusiasts to measure and monitor their performance during exercise or daily activity. By developing innovative ways to increase integration, lower power consumption, and provide smart connectivity, our components makes fitness products more flexible, affordable and accessible.

Wireless connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth® low energy, ANT+, ZigBee and WLAN enable consumers to record and monitor their fitness activities and make adjustments as needed – without an office visit. Health information can be transmitted via phone or computer, putting vital data at consumers' and fitness providers' fingertips.