This trend, combined with the desire to reduce healthcare costs, leads to a need for Point of Care diagnostics and connected medical care.
In response to this, over the past decade Linxens has been leveraging on its expertise and know-how to develop innovative interface and sensing solutions dedicated to connected medical care.
From glucose monitoring and blood sample analysis to smart wound healing, Linxens’ microconnector and RFID solutions have been developed to promote self-monitoring, self-diagnostics and self-healing.
Time is precious
Healthcare professionals around the world are always looking for ways to monitor their patients’ physicochemical signals remotely, keeping them out of hospitals and helping self-diagnostics with wearables or connected objects. Clothing with integrated body sensors which track vital signs or a dressing that can monitor a wound’s healing process are some examples of solutions developed by Linxens to bring savings to healthcare systems, insurance companies and patients.
In parallel, Linxens scientists, specialized in Electrochemistry and Materials, have developed a transducer material to perform quick and accurate electrochemical measurement on chemical substances including blood, urine, milk, or water, for home glucose monitoring and other point of care diagnostics.
At the hospital
Linxens RFID technology can also be applied to the management of a modern hospital, a large and complex environment, bringing together constantly moving patients, medical staff and equipment. Linxens mastery of RFID and Microconnector solutions can help locate people and assets allowing medical staff to focus on treating their in-hospital patients.
Unfortunately, time may be wasted if doctors or nurses must search for equipment, while also keeping track of their patients’ movements. With RFID tags from Linxens, transponders can instantly reveal the location of a piece of equipment, whether it is needed for urgent patient care or for routine maintenance. Service records can also be stored on tags to ensure on-time servicing and calibration.
For patients, RFID wristbands provide the freedom to move around - whether for exercise or an appointment in a different department – without staff losing track of their whereabouts. Wristbands can also play a role in patient care, for example, by storing information about the medicines being prescribed for an individual – which can then be instantly matched with a bar code on the drug packaging. For doctors, wearing a wristband ensures that they can be quickly located by nursing staff if necessary, while the device also indicates when they are with a patient and therefore should not be disturbed.
Another area where Linxens can drive efficiencies is in hospital inventories, whether for pharmaceutical or general supplies. With Linxens RFID tags, removing the last batch of an item from its storage location can automatically trigger a replenishment order, while expiry dates of medicine can be more easily tracked to ensure patients' safety. Similarly, the handling and processing of biological samples can also be carried out more reliably when using Linxens RFID technology, rather than hand-written notes.
Access control to protect confidential information
Linxens also has extensive smartcard expertise, which can be used for a range of medical-related applications, including health insurance cover and access control (whether for standard departmental entrances or confidential areas). Designed for long-term reliability in often challenging environments, the Linxens portfolio also makes security a top priority. Patient information and other data is kept safe by Linxens’ unique combination of hardware and software, while ensuring that our solutions are easy to use.