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HealthTech 2019: Upgrading Disposable Batteries

Future Healthcare is an annual event taking place in London, UK. It is a showcase of healthcare space international innovation. More than 350 brands attended this year. As always, heavily featured data and how experts manipulate them.  Companies also tried to reinvent old technologies using a fresh approach, however.

How batteries have been working for decades has remained relatively unchanged. BlueThink has developed a way to make a common type of battery safer and more cost-effective without altering the underlying chemistry. Manufacturers are now widely using button batteries in medical devices, as Javier Eduardo Nadal of BlueThink explained: “Medical devices are now more intelligent and user-friendly than ever.”

This growing trend is based on good design and the use of technologies such as LEDs and screens to improve user experience, as well as connectivity to provide valuable data to patients, physicians and healthcare systems. One thing all these innovative devices have in common is that they need energy.

Button batteries aren’t without their problems; they lose their charge if a person leaves them on a shelf for a long time. They explode when they are incinerated — for example, contaminated disposable medical equipment. They are also harmful to the environment and if swallowed they pose a significant risk to children.

They found a way to mitigate all of the above, according to BlueThink. Using standard battery technology but with a twist, they created a flexible battery that could be safely swallowed by a child, that doesn’t explode when incinerated, and that keeps charging when left on a shelf. Importantly, in large quantities, it is also low-cost and producible.

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