Emerging Technologies for Point-of-Care Applications in Healthcare, Wellness and Sport Scenarios

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioelectronics".

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Solid-State Electronic Division, Electrical Engineering Department, Uppsala University, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
Interests: RF & microwave electronics; microwave methods and techniques; material characterization; biomedical devices; neuromorphic electronics; neuroprosthetics

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Microsystem Technology Division, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Uppsala University, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
Interests: heterogeneous microsystems on stainless steel; flexible foils, and elastic substrates; for biomedicine and wireless sensor nodes

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(1) LINKS Foundation, 10138 Torino, Italy
(2) Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino, Italy
Interests: smart health; telemedicine; wearable devices; remote monitoring; ICT for elderly care

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1. Department of Biomechanics, Faculty of Sport, University of Ljubljana, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
2. Swedish Winter Sports Research Centre, Department of Health Sciences, Mid Sweden University, 831 25 Östersund, Sweden
Interests: biomechanics of sports; sports measurements technology; sports performance; injury prevention
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Dear Colleagues,

Electronics are set to merge with our bodies to empower us, extending our perceptions, improving our health and wellness, and enhancing our mental, physical, and physiological performance. In this revolution, networks of smart devices woven into our clothing, worn on our skin, and implanted in our bodies are central and have received a strong attention from the scientific community in recent decades. Different foci have emerged such as the softness and stretchability of electronic and electrical components through the use of, for example, liquid alloys and their manufacturing scalability; the reliability and security of on-body and intra-body communication systems through the use of, for example, key anatomical and physiological characteristics of the human body; or, the perception and recognition of key information in physiological data and the automation of decision-making through the use of, for example, Artificial Intelligence in both distributed and centralized computing manners.

This Special Issue focuses on recent advances addressing emerging technological developments such as those with emphasis on point-of-care technologies (POCTs) for healthcare, wellness, sport, and exercise scenarios.

Dr. Mauricio David Perez
Prof. Klas Hjort
Prof. Guido Pagana
Prof. Matej Supej
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  • soft and stretchable electronic components and systems
  • manufacturing of soft and stretchable electronics
  • on-body and intra-body communication and sensor systems
  • artificial intelligence for body-worn or body-implanted systems
  • electronic POCTs for healthcare, wellness, sport, and exercise scenarios

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Improving Cuff-Less Continuous Blood Pressure Estimation with Linear Regression Analysis
by Valeria Figini, Sofia Galici, Daniele Russo, Ilenia Centonze, Monica Visintin and Guido Pagana
Electronics 2022, 11(9), 1442; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics11091442 - 29 Apr 2022
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In this work, the authors investigate the cuff-less estimation of continuous BP through pulse transit time (PTT) and heart rate (HR) using regression techniques, which is intended as a first step towards continuous BP estimation with a low error, [...] Read more.
In this work, the authors investigate the cuff-less estimation of continuous BP through pulse transit time (PTT) and heart rate (HR) using regression techniques, which is intended as a first step towards continuous BP estimation with a low error, according to AAMI guidelines. Hypertension (the ‘silent killer’) is one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), which are the main cause of death worldwide. Its continuous monitoring can offer a valid tool for patient care, as blood pressure (BP) is a significant indicator of health and, using it together with other parameters, such as heart and breath rates, could strongly improve prevention of CVDs. The novelties introduced in this work are represented by the implementation of pre-processing and by the innovative method for features research and features processing to continuously monitor blood pressure in a non-invasive way. Currently, invasive methods are the only reliable methods for continuous monitoring, while non-invasive techniques measure the values every few minutes. The proposed approach can be considered the first step for the integration of these types of algorithms on wearable devices, in particular on those developed for the SINTEC project. Full article
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