Electronic Skin Patches


Electronic skin patches have risen in popularity alongside the meteoric rise in interest around wearable devices peaking in 2014. However, the interest in the area has it's own grounding, with several skin patch product areas experiencing significant growth and becoming markets worth billions of dollars each year.

This forum will cover the types of electronic skin patch which are in the market today, the technology behind them, and the future prospects for these devices within each of the markets they address. As a diverse product sector unified only by how they are worn, the picture involves a diverse landscape of different devices, markets and players.

For example, the two largest markets for electronic skin patches today are in cardiac monitoring and in diabetes management. This forum will devote a significant amount of time to each of these areas, discussing details of the skin patch products sold today, but also the wider device ecosystem within which they compete. This trend applies across each market sector for electronic skin patches; it is never the case that skin patches are the only possible product to address a certain market need, so in each case, understanding of the underlying market dynamic is required when discussing the prospects of the skin patch product.

Beyond diabetes management and cardiovascular options, this session will explore options for electronic skin patch products in a variety of other markets. This includes examples of their use in medical patient monitoring (both inpatient and outpatient), motion sensing, temperature sensing (e.g. fever monitoring, fertility tracking, etc.), drug and cosmetic delivery patches, smart bandages for wound care and more.

This forum will also delivery background information on the technology behind the products today. In order to make skin patches, the devices must have some degree of interface between usually rigid electronics and the flexible, stretchable human skin. As such, many companies with component and material options for stretchable and conformal electronics are exploring this product area. The forum will discuss some of these options and their progress.

This forum will be delivered by IDTechEx analysts who have conducted the underlying research into electronic skin patches, as well as related areas such as wearable electronics, stretchable and conformal electronics and so on. This research is based in interviews with key players, extensive travel for global conferences and events, as well as visiting prominent companies working in this area.

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  • All Insight Forums will be conducted in English


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Forum 3 / Agenda

21 February / Morning
Conference Room: 3F Room B

IDTechEx Japanes Analysts Yasuo Yamamoto, will be available at this Insight Forum for further discussion.

Please join IDTechEx Analysts for lunch and networking from 13:00-14:00


  • 8:30 - 9:10
  • Registration
  • 9:10 - 9:55

Introduction to skin patches

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • What are skin patches?
  • Types of skin patch devices today
  • Context within the wider "wearable technology" ecosystem
  • Key themes from wearables that lead to skin patches
  • 9:55 - 10:10

Skin patch markets overview

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Overview of the total market for skin patches
  • Overall market dynamics
  • 10:10 - 10:25

Skin patches in cardiovascular monitoring and treatment

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Types of skin patches in cardiovascular monitoring
  • Holter monitoring, event monitoring and mobile cardiac telemetry
  • The competitive ecosystem around cardiac skin patches
  • Market data and forecasts
  • 10:25 - 10:40
  • Networking break
  • 10:40 - 11:20

Skin patches for diabetes management

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Introduction to diabetes
  • Technology for diabetes management
  • Glucose sensing: past, present and future
  • Insulin delivery: from injection to pens and pumps
  • Closed-loop diabetes management: towards the artificial pancreas
  • Overview of key players
  • Market data and forecasts
  • 11:20 - 12:00

Other key applications for skin patches

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Inpatient monitoring
  • Outpatient monitoring
  • General sensing platforms for healthcare
  • Motion, posture, position monitoring & body area mapping
  • Temperature sensor options
  • Iontophoretic skin patches (for drug delivery and sensing)
  • Smart woundcare
  • Other applications
  • 12:00 - 12:40

Future opportunities for skin patches

Compiled by James Hayward, Principal Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

  • Overview of markets for other wearable products
  • Technology development required in skin patches
  • Overall outlook for the product sector
  • 12:40 - 13:00
  • Questions & Answers
    followed by networking and lunch
  • 13:00 - 14:00
  • Lunch
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