Chapter 5

Design of functionalized materials for use in micronanoscale drug delivery devices and smart patches

Ashleigh Anderson
James Davis    University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland

Abstract

Smart devices that can monitor a patient’s health with little or no intervention from clinical staff have begun to emerge over recent years and have arisen from advances in sensing and communication technologies. The integration of vital signs monitoring systems within phone/watch systems, in addition to a range of discrete wearable medical appliances, are the first of a new generation of connected health systems that will have considerable impact on future preventative screening measures. At present, the core rationale is a “detect-alert” sequence ...

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