Printed circuit boards (PCBs) have an important place in healthcare and medicine. As the industry continues to innovate to provide the best technology for patients and their caregivers, more and more research, treatment, and diagnostic strategies are moving toward automation. Therefore, more work involving PCB assembly is required to improve medical devices in the industry.
As the population ages, the importance of PCB assembly in the medical industry will continue to grow. Currently, PCBs play an important role in medical imaging devices such as MRIs and cardiac monitoring devices such as pacemakers. Even temperature monitoring devices and responsive neurostimulators enable state-of-the-art PCB technology and components.
1. Mobile Health
With the advancement of PCB assembly technology, traditional wires, and flexible wires have quickly become a thing of the past. In the past, traditional power sockets were often used to plug and unplug wires and cords, but modern medical innovations allow doctors to care for patients anytime, anywhere.
In fact, the Mobile Health market is estimated to be worth more than $20 billion, with smartphones, iPads, and other such devices enabling healthcare providers to easily receive and transmit vital medical information on demand.
2. Implantable medical devices
When it comes to implantable medical devices, the use of PCB assembly is further complicated as there is no uniform standard for all PCB assemblies to be compliant. In other words, different implants will achieve different goals in different medical conditions, and the instability of the implant will also affect the design and manufacture of the PCB.
3. Electronic Health Records
In the past, the integration of electronic health records was very poor, and many electronic records lacked any form of connectivity. Instead, each system is a separate system that handles orders, documents, and other tasks in an independent manner. Over time, these systems have been integrated into a more comprehensive picture, which has allowed the healthcare industry to speed up patient care and greatly improve efficiency.
Huge progress has been made in integrating patient information. However, with the future ushering in a new era of data-driven healthcare, the potential for further development is virtually limitless. In other words, electronic health records will be used as a modern tool to enable the medical industry to collect data about the population; allowing it to permanently improve medical success and effectiveness.