Bio-Medical Application of WBAN: Trends and Examples

  • Julien PendersEmail author
  • Chris van Hoof
  • Bert Gyselinckx
Part of the Integrated Circuits and Systems book series (ICIR)


Many national health services struggle in the face of financial resource constraints and shortages of skilled labor. The cost of healthcare delivery is steadily on an upward trend. US health care spending is estimated at approximately 16% of the GDP [1]. This upward trend is expected to continue, with projections that the healthcare share of the GDP reaches 19.5% by 2017. Health care spending in other OECD countries is projected to consume up to 16% of GDP. As a result, the pressure on healthcare systems to step up efforts in cost containment and efficiency improvement keeps growing. Consensus about the main determinants of expenditure is not complete but revolves generally around cost drivers such as rising income and patient expectations; demographic change, in particular the aging of population; and new technologies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julien Penders
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chris van Hoof
    • 2
  • Bert Gyselinckx
    • 3
  1. 1.Holst Centre, IMECEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC)LeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC)EindhovenThe Netherlands

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