Minimally Invasive Electrochemical Patch-Based Sensor System for Monitoring Glucose and Lactate in the Human Body: A Survey-Based Analysis of the End-User's Perspective

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Background: Wearable electrochemical sensors that detect human biomarkers allow a comprehensive analysis of a person's health condition. The "electronic smart patch system for wireless monitoring of molecular biomarkers for health care and well-being" (ELSAH) project aims to develop a minimally invasive sensor system that is capable of continuously monitoring glucose and lactate in the dermal interstitial fluid in real time. It is the objective of the present study to compare the intended ELSAH-patch specifications with the expectations and requirements of potential end-users at an early stage during the development phase. Methods: A questionnaire addressing different aspects of the ELSAH-patch was filled out by 383 respondents. Results: The participants stated a high general demand for such a system, and they would use the ELSAH-patch in different health care and physical fitness applications. The preferred terminal device for communication with the sensor would be the smartphone. An operating time of 24 hours would be sufficient for 55.8% of the users (95%-CI: 50.3-61.3%), while 43.5% of them (95%-CI: 38.0-48.9%) would prefer a lifetime of several days or more. The software should have a warning function, especially for critical health conditions. Since the measured personal data would be highly sensitive, the participants called for high standards for data security and privacy. Conclusion: In general, the participants' responses on their expectations and requirements were well in line with the intended specifications of the ELSAH-patch system. However, certain technical aspects such as the lifetime, data security and accuracy require special attention during its development.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Aufsatznummer5761
ZeitschriftSensors
Jahrgang20
Heft20
Seitenumfang12
ISSN1424-8220
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PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2020

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