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Technology boom in health care

Zhu Shenshen Tang Dafei
Devices on display at the China International Import Expo include the world's smallest pacemaker and a headband to improve sleep quality. 
Zhu Shenshen Tang Dafei

Artificial Intelligence, blockchain and robotic technologies are booming in the health care industry, given market demand and consumer expectations, Shanghai Daily learned during the ongoing China International Import Expo. 

AI-featured devices and data management against diabetes, a prototype device to improve sleep quality and the world’s smallest pacemaker are showcased in Hall 7.1 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center.

Shot by Tang Dafei. Edited by Tang Dafei. Subtitles by Wang Xinzhou and Andy Boreham.
Shot by Tang Dafei. Edited by Tang Dafei. Subtitles by Wang Xinzhou and Andy Boreham.

A SmartSleep Deep Sleep Headband, a Philips prototype, interested visitors who included an electronics retailer and hospital representatives.

With a sensor, Phillips can collect and analyze users' sleep data before sending out “waves” to improve the quality of their sleep. 

The product is expected to debut in China next year.

Ping An Smart Healthcare and Sanofi reached cooperation to fight against diabetes based on AI and a data management system at the expo. In China, there are more than 114 million diabetes patients, over 11 percent of the population. 

Big data management is used to track and better serve patients while blockchain technologies are used to protect privacy and data, according to Ping An Smart Healthcare. 

Meanwhile, Medtronic released capsule-sized pacemaker Micra, the world’s smallest pacemaker. It’s 93 percent smaller than conventional pacemakers with an estimated average battery life of 12 years. 

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