The variety of uses for semiconductors in healthcare applications had increased over the past few years can be attributed to increased efforts to create a foundation that is more patient-driven and supported by computerized medicine. The remote patient semiconductor technology that allows hospital patients to be monitored from the comfort of their own homes using high-tech, connected portable devices has boosted the usage of semiconductors in healthcare sector.
Healthcare technology is heavily reliant on semiconductor production. Some of the widely used semiconductors in the healthcare sector include microcontrollers, discrete devices, memory power management devices, analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits, sensors and motion micro-electromechanical systems, communication integrated circuits, and so forth. Many applications in areas including clinical diagnostics and therapy, medical imaging, and portable and home healthcare are being driven by these semiconductor devices.
Nowadays, life-changing devices are made possible by semiconductors including MRI machines, pacemakers, blood pressure monitors, chemistry/blood gas analyzers, and wireless patient monitoring. There is also an increase in the availability of highly specialized technology, such as an implanted adaptive cardiac resynchronization therapy device that helps to improve the heart rhythm. Mobile cardiac monitors, mobile insulin pumps, and ECG equipment are examples of wireless, cutting-edge technology devices that make patient monitoring more accessible. Wearable temperature patches are a growing trend in patient temperature monitoring applications that are used in various medical devices and allow medical professionals to provide location preventive remote expand semiconductors in healthcare. Semiconductors also have wide range of application in the pulse oximeters.
A number of medical device breakthroughs that are predicted to drive the demand for sophisticated semiconductors. For instance, the companies such as Baxter have acquired FDA authorization post-pandemic to provide portable dialysis units that are meant to connect directly to electronic medical records for patients' prescriptions and treatment information. Portable dialysis units are growing in popularity that deploy semiconductors.
The market for semiconductors in healthcare is anticipated to rise as a result of factors including rising usage of remote health monitoring devices, advancements in diagnostic and treatment techniques, and a high prevalence of noncommunicable diseases. The high cost of technologies, nevertheless, might put a cap on semiconductor used in the healthcare industry. Every area of the healthcare industry has seen the usefulness of the semiconductor. However, the price of these devices is more than that of the alternative methods, which can restrict the usage of these in the healthcare industry. Also, there is a sizable market for used medical equipment all over the global due to the lack of funding and availability for such devices, which is impeding the development and uptake of new technology.
The growing adoption of semiconductors in the medical sector is being driven by improvement in the healthcare services. Robotic surgical technologies, for instance, are revolutionizing several surgical operations. One such system enables the surgeon to control surgical instruments attached to robotic arms while seated in a "cockpit" with a 3D view of the operating field. Due to the less invasive nature of this technique, patients recover more quickly, and the surgeon experiences less eye strain thanks to the system's improved visualization. With applications like retinal implants, neuromorphic chip technology, which can resemble the human brain, can assist those who have lost their vision in regaining some of it.
New product launches to flourish the market
In November 2022, BioIntelliSense Inc. announced the availability of a patented, FDA-approved pulse oximeter (SpO2) sensor chipset that is combined with processing technologies to offer necessary blood oxygen levels for people with both dark and light skin pigmentations. The need for sophisticated semiconductors is rising as a result of these technological advancements.
In October 2022, Analog Devices, Inc. released the MAX77659 single-inductor multiple output (SIMO) power management IC (PMIC) with a built-in switch-mode buck-boost charger, which the company claims charges wearable, hearable, and internet of things devices more quickly and efficiently than any other PMIC currently on the market. Targeted at consumer and medical wearable devices, the SIMO PMIC use a single inductor to power numerous rails, resulting in a smaller overall solution size.
In August 2022, GE Healthcare, a pioneer in diagnostics and digital solutions, announced a partnership with Boston Scientific to deliver end-to-end cutting-edge interventional cardiac care solutions in India. The partnership aims to improve heart care for individuals and make treatment more accessible, reducing the burden of disease now plaguing the nation.
In July 2022, Vishay Intertechnology Inc. unveiled the IHDM-1107BBEV-20 and IHDM-1107BBEV-30, two new IHDM edge-wounds. These IHDMs have through-hole inductors with a core made of a powdered iron alloy. Low power losses and efficient heat dissipation are provided by the Vishay Custom Magnetics IHDM-1107BBEV-20 and IHDM-1107BBEV-30 over a demanding working temperature range of -55 °C to +180 °C.
By use: By use, the semiconductors in the healthcare applications market are divided into portable telehealth monitoring, blood pressure monitors, temperature meters, blood glucose meters, consumer medical electronics, heart rate monitors, pedometers, medical imaging, fall detections, respirators, infusion pumps, electrocardiogram, clinical diagnostic and therapy devices, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, ultrasound, and endoscopes.
Medical imaging techniques including positron emission tomography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and X-rays are all used to identify a range of ailments, including cancer and degenerative diseases.
Medical radiation has experienced significant improvements in terms of tools and procedures due to technical advancements and the growing acceptance of technology in the healthcare sector. The recent focus on core and supporting technologies to deliver high-quality, high-resolution images without a corresponding increase in radiation dose has been one of the major developments in interventional X-ray. This has been a major force behind the development of technologies like the Siemens Artis Q, the ClarityIQ and Q.Zen technologies from Philips, the image-guided systems from GE Healthcare, and the Infinix Elite product lines from Toshiba. This in turn has increased the demand for advanced and improved semiconductors in the healthcare sector.
By types of semiconductors: By the types of semiconductors, the semiconductors in the healthcare applications market are divided into compound semiconductors, electronic chemicals and materials, optical coating, and thin coated film. Among these, the compound semiconductors are anticipated to grow at a significant rate during the analysis timeframe. On both semiconductor substrates and single-crystal insulators (such Al2O3 and CaF2), compound semiconductor films have been produced epitaxially. Epitaxial heterojunctions must be made to use compound semiconductors in electrical and optoelectronic devices. The interface formed when two single-crystal semiconductors with different compositions and bandgap energies come into contact is referred to as a heterojunction, not the varied doped levels of the same semiconductor. An orientation to compound-semiconductor materials is a useful place to start to better comprehend the structure and electrical characteristics of these junctions as well as the devices that use them.
By region: By region, the semiconductors in the healthcare applications market are analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMAE. The Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to grow because of the government initiatives, programs, and policies that assist the IT and healthcare equipment and device industry owing to rapid advancements taking place in the healthcare sector. China is one of the leading manufacturer of semiconductors which hold significant share in the global market.
In addition, to create cutting-edge technologies and achieve sustainable growth, corporations in Japan are investing in the healthcare industry. For instance, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation introduced its VISION2023, a new medium-term management plan, in April 2021. This plan is set to run from the fiscal year (FY) 2021–2022, which ends in March, to the FY 2023. With a focus on the healthcare and highly functional materials industries, VISION2023 anticipates investments of JPY 1.2 trillion (USD 8.491 trillion) over three years to boost corporate growth.
Competitive analysis and profiles of the major semiconductors in healthcare applications market players, such as Abbott, Analog Devices, Inc, GE HealthCare, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd., Koninklijke Philips N.V., Medtronic, OMRON Healthcare, Inc., Spacelabs Healthcare, Texas Instruments Incorporated, and Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. are provided in this report. These companies have adopted key strategies such as product launches and acquisitions to improve their product portfolios and stay competitive in the market.
Semiconductors In Healthcare Applications Market Report Highlights
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Key Market Players
phillips healthcare technologies ltd, Medtronic plc, Spacelabs Healthcare, Vishay Intertechnology Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., Abbott Laboratories, omron healthcare co., ltd., GE Healthcare, Analog Devices Inc., Roche Diagnostic Limited