AIT and Seibersdorf Laboratories use NFC technology to make the smartphone an important aid for patients and physicians.
Design and development of NFC sensors and intelligent next-generation NFC tags
Development and optimization of energy harvesting systems for battery-free NFC sensors
Integration of NFC technologies in the healthcare sector (telemedicine, eHealth, ambient assisted living) and the collection of user requirements
App-based integration of NFC sensors and systems with IT platforms
Preparation of the documentation required for the certification according to ISO 13485 and MDR-2016
Validation of prototypes in the course of trials with patients (pilot projects, test regions)
Assistance with grant applications for new developments and pilot projects
Measurement of exposure in electromagnetic fields and verification of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
The major trend for networked devices and sensors – the „Internet of Things“ – is also becoming increasingly prevalent in health care. With innovative solutions that are primarily, but not exclusively, based on NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, the AIT is able to provide secure, reliable, battery-free and thus cost-effectively interconnected sensors and devices for its customers in the pharmaceutical, medical technology and cosmetics industries.
This will make the smartphone even more of a universal health care as- sistant for diagnostic and therapy support as well as for prevention and personalized medicine than it already is today.
NFC SENSORS OF THE NEXT GENERATION
In cooperation with the EMC division of Seibersdorf Labor GmbH (SL), the AIT Center for Health & Bioresources is developing NFC sensors and intelligent NFC tags that allow for reliable, simple and fast data ac- quisition from different sources. The possible applications in the health sector range from measuring individual health-relevant parameters to comprehensive therapy management. In addition, developments are also of interest to the cosmetics and food industries.
MEDICATION COMPLIANCE SOLUTIONS
Taking medication in the right dosage and at the right time is a chal- lenge for many patients. Highly effective drugs in particular often have a complex intake regimen and must sometimes also be combined with other medicines. The effectiveness of these drugs depends on the exact adherence to the therapy regimen. The WHO estimates that more than 50% of patients are not compliant – and therefore the therapy is often not effective. A workable approach for young and old are so-called NFC sensors and tags that allow patients to start the right app automatically by simply touching eBlisters or ePens. This then tells them whether now is the right time for the intake of the medication.
FOCUS ON CHRONIC DISEASES
The regular measurement of health data is crucial for therapy monitor- ing and adaptation, especially in chronic diseases. The Center for Health & Bioresources uses the contactless wireless technology of near field communication (NFC) for these purposes. In recent years, a num- ber of intelligent NFC sensors have been developed for this purpose, ranging from filling level measurements in insulin pens to the detection of pill removal from blister packs to the determination of blood glucose values, skin moisture, temperature or UV intensity. The smart NFC so- lutions are attracting great interest from the pharmaceutical and cos- metics industries and open up a broad future field of application in the face of the ever-increasing spread of NFC-enabled smartphones.
NEW USER EXPERIENCE BY MEANS OF NFC
With NFC sensing, the experts of AIT and SL have initiated the next evolutionary step in this technology, since health data can be captured very simply, reliably and quickly: One simply holds the NFC-enabled mobile phone to the NFC sensor and thus automatically starts the right app. The measurement is thus initiated and the measured value is shown on the display.
MORE EFFECTIVE MEDICATION COMPLIANCE
AIT solutions for NFC-based improvement of medication compliance:
01 // The first application deals with level measure- ment using the example of an insulin pen. By touch- ing the pen with an NFC-enabled smartphone, the right app is automatically started and it checks if it is the right insulin, the temperature of the insulin, how much is still contained in the carpule and, if there is an internet connection, it can also query whether there is new information on the drug or a warning for the used batch. After setting the correct insulin dose and injections, the injected insulin quantity is mea- sured and documented by touching the insulin pen again. If the needle is clogged or the pen has a de- fect, this is immediately indicated to the patient by a target-actual comparison.
02 // For medication blisters, an NFC-enabled sensor system which automatically detects and documents medication removal is integrated into a reusable frame.