Disrupto Fest 2020, a rising digital platform that facilitates conversations for many different subjects recently came to an interesting discussion about the latest technology in healthcare. Dr. Nanshu Lu, Associate Professor from the University of Texas, the United States who led the discussion at the virtual festival has revealed his recent development of electronic tattoo, flexible hardware that could be attached to the human body, a scientifically proven healthcare product that could help one recover from health issues.
Consisting of flexible metal that can be affixed to the skin, the electronic tattoo is expected to help people with protection in the hospital. Dr. Lu said that recent technology can help people to recover, restore the function of the heart by placing directly above the chest where the heart is located. In the long run, the device is considered capable of providing a more complete image and data of human heart health compared to traditional electrocardiograph machine (ECG).
As the wireless device with no cable is connected, the data of one’s health can be supervised through the system on smartphones. “What is needed to be done is to attach the device to one’s chest and let the device work itself,” Dr. Lu said on the discussion at Disrupto Fest 2020.
The feature of the wearable device is very light as it can be stretched and placed over the heart for a long time with little or no discomfort. This device measures heart health in a way, taking electrocardiograph readings and seismocardiography simultaneously. Most of us are familiar with electrocardiograms (ECGs), a method that determines the level of electrical activity recording the heartbeats. Seismocardiography (SCG) is a measurement technique using vibrations related to heart rate. Remotely supported via a smartphone, the e-tattoo device is the first ultrathin and stretching technology to measure ECG and SCG.
“We can get a far greater insight for cardiovascular health by gathering data from a second source," Dr. Lu added.
Through the clinical research, Dr. Lu and his team made the wearable device from a piezoelectric polymer called polyvinylidene fluoride, which can produce its own electric charge in response to mechanical strength. This e-tattoo also includes digital 3D image repair technology to record chest vibrations and it will be the future of healthcare technology with more accessible and affordable prices.
In the development of the device, Dr. Lu and the team also involved faculty members and students who work in various disciplines such as aerospace and mechanics, biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, science and engineering materials, mechanical engineering, and collaborators from U Southwestern Medical School to participate in the recent development of the e-tattoo.
In the future, e-tattoo is expected to be an alternative and advanced solution that enhances medical technology in the cardiovascular department at hospitals around the world.