Manufacturers aiming for Wearable Adhesives Customization to capitalize on Popularity of Personalized Healthcare

Published On : 29 May 2018

Consumer electronics has already made bold strides in the global healthcare and wellness sector. Wearables have gained substantial traction among end users as has been witnessed in the proliferating demand for fitness trackers and monitoring devices in various parts of the globe. Adhesives are materials used to attach wearable and medical devices to the skin of the patient or user thereby ensuring that the wearable serves the intended purpose with minimal discomfort. 

For the wearable to be effectively attached, adhesives used must ensure that they conform to the skin contours, must be biocompatible, should be pain-free to carry, and convenient to use. Plus, the adhesives must not hinder the wearable functionality and must provide a strong structural bonding in different environmental conditions. Advances in polymer technology and constant progress made in their fabrication have led to the production of better adhesives. According to estimates by, the global market for wearable adhesives will rise at a robust CAGR of 13.75% from 2017 to 2025. The opportunities in the market is huge and by 2025 end, the global market projected to reach a worth of US$ 633.97 Mn.  

Drug Delivery Applications of Wearables poised to open Promising Paradigm for Adhesives Usage 

As healthcare wearables progresses in performance and functionality, the market for wearable adhesives will see several new applications. In recent years, healthcare wearables have gained wide traction in a variety of drug delivery applications, such as in insulin delivery for diabetic populations. Wearables with the help of adhesives are increasingly being used to deliver therapeutics including drug via skin for extended durations. This must take into account the skin anatomy and physiology of the patient’s skin.

The vast attention personalized healthcare is receiving all over the globe among clinicians, patients, and their caregivers is opening new avenues in wearables, thereby transforming the application of adhesives. 

Choice of Adhesive Material rests on Device Functionality and User Experience 

Direct-skin healthcare wearables have gathered traction in a wide spectrum of patient populations for applications such as continuous remote monitoring of temperature and heartbeat, monitoring of glucose levels. The suitability of adhesives used must take into account the wide variety of considerations, including the demography of patients. 

Above all, the adhesives applied for the wearables must be hypoallergenic to the patient. For instance, acrylic foams have emerged as ideal choice for heart-monitoring wearables as they are used for prolonged duration. 

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Relentless efforts are being made to ensure that the adhesives make the overall technology lighter, more accurate in operation, and convenient to use for patients. Manufacturers of wearable adhesives focus on the effect on device functionality and the overall user experience, not to speak of the technology being largely pain-free experience. These attributes are at the forefront for manufacturers, converters, and design engineers aiming for customizations in adhesive wearables. 

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