The electronic skin patch market is expected to register a CAGR of 15% and surpass USD 10 billion by the end of the forecast period (2021-2026). The electronic skin patches have started gaining traction among the electronics industry players. The miniaturization of sensors due to technological developments, such as a decrease in chip size from 9nm to 5nm, has been the reason for the development of such products.
- The growing trend for fitness among the population is expected to drive the market positively, during the forecast period. The healthcare industry is expected to benefit from electronic skin patches, as they need an adhesive and do not involve any invasive procedures for monitoring the body vitals.
- The growing initiatives by regulatory bodies, such as FDA's Digital Health Innovation Action plan, which states FDA's approach to ensuring timely access to high-quality, safe, and effective digital health products to its citizens, are expected to boost the market.
- Limited functionality, lack of interoperability, and data security are some of the factors that restrain the adoption of electronic skin patches. However, the digitization initiatives by the governments, coupled with the penetration of new technologies, like IoT, virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence, are expected to mitigate such restraining factors.
Key Market Trends
Owing to Changing Lifestyle, Cardiovascular Monitoring is Expected to Register Substantial Growth
- Cardiac function is the result of four interrelated variables, like heart rate, preload, contractility, and afterload. It becomes very difficult to quantify individual components of cardiac functions and poses two main problems. Firstly, the technique is either invasive pressure or highly specialized echocardiographic techniques. Secondly, all the components are interdependent. Hence, a failure in a single component may affect the other components. In such cases, an electronic skin patch works as the best alternative for cardiovascular monitoring, as it does not involve any invasive procedures and is handy.
- Cardiovascular monitoring becomes important for athletes running marathons spread across several kilometers, as it involves stretching the capabilities of the human body. Henceforth, it becomes essential for the athletes to track the cardiac function to better plan their runs.
- For instance, 16 runners participated in METRO Marathon 2018, in Dusseldorf, on April 28, equipped with stick-on smart health patches (three companies were engaged in developing smart health patches, such as Henkel, Quad Industries, and Byteflies) that continuously measured and recorded motion (IMU), electrocardiogram (ECG), and respiration (RES).
- The fast-paced work life, coupled with irregular eating habits and no exercises, has resulted in many fatal diseases, with heart diseases becoming the most common. Thus, monitoring the vitals of the body is important, as it can prove fatal when ignored. The use of electronic skin patches could help in monitoring and preventing such fatal outcomes.
Demand in Europe is Driven Due to Healthcare Awareness
- Traditional methods of diabetes monitoring involve the usage of glucose strips and finger-prick tests to monitor glucose levels in the blood. Thus, in order to prevent the usage of such invasive procedures, in April 2018, scientists from the University of Bath, the United Kingdom, developed an adhesive electronic skin patch that can measure the blood glucose levels every 10-15 minutes.
- Similarly, Nemaura Medical, a medical technology company, developed sugarBEAT, which is a non-invasive, affordable, and flexible continuous glucose monitor (CGM), specifically designed for the people suffering from diabetes and pre-diabetics. It enables the patients to better manage their glucose levels.
- According to a report published by WHO, in 2016, there were 422 million adults suffering from diabetes and this number is expected to grow, thus providing opportunities for the electronic skin patch market.
The competitive rivalry among the players in the electronic skin patch market is high, owing to the presence of some key players, like Sensium, Vitalconnect, Lean Healthcare, etc. Their ability to continually innovate their products by significant investments in R&D activities has helped them achieve a competitive advantage over other players. Strategic partnerships and mergers and acquisitions have enabled these companies to gain a strong foothold in the market.
- March 2016 - Researchers from the Institute for Basic Science in Seoul, South Korea, developed an electronic skin patch, which is capable of performing accurate glucose measurements while delivering insulin. The increasing geriatric population is expected to benefit and target the end users in the market.
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