Original Article | 15th November 2017

A new report produced by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in collaboration with the Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London, highlights new technologies to improve patient lives, from diagnosis, treatment, to rehabilitation.

The report, Implantable and Wearable Medical Devices for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, highlights the potential for portable devices, smart textiles (where vests or t-shirt have circuits and sensors weaved into the fabric) and implantable endobronchial valves and coils (a small device implanted in the airway) to improve the quality of life for patients with COPD.

Dedicated wearable devices for monitoring COPD could see patients treated earlier at home, reducing the decline in their lung function, and cutting the cost of hospital stays.