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Researchers work to perfect transient electronics

October 04, 2012
Uncategorized By LW Consulting Inc.

Technology continues to evolve and flourish more with each passing day. Medical facilities are quickly adapting to integrate electronic health records and ensure that they are meeting standards of meaningful use initiatives. Hospital consultants are increasingly valuable, as they can help organizations make a smooth transition.

Another new initiative is being undertaken by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as it is investigating how transient electronics - implants that perform work inside the body and then dissolve away - can be further developed in order to help the healthcare sector and other industries push forward.

John Rogers, a professor of materials science and engineering, and colleagues at Tufts and Northwestern universities published a study that investigated how biodegradable components - found in materials including silicon, magnesium and silk - could be used in healthcare and for improving the environment.

"From the earliest days of the electronics industry, a key design goal has been to build devices that last forever - with completely stable performance," Rogers said in a university statement. "But if you think about the opposite possibility - devices that are engineered to physically disappear in a controlled and programmed manner - then other, completely different kinds of application opportunities open up."

The thin sheets of material are put inside the body and designed with devices that include wireless power coils, sensors and even simple digital cameras, which will dissolve when placed in minute amounts of water, according to FierceHealth IT.

It will be crucial for employees in medical facilities to understand the intricacies of new technologies like transient electronics. Hospital consultants that are trained in healthcare IT consulting will be crucial components for keeping organizations aware of important policies and procedures.