Some Recent Progress in Bioelectronics

John Rogers*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The human body relies on sensing and actuating systems that operate in feedback loops, with features that adapt, resorb and reconstruct in a time-dynamic manner to sustain life processes. Bio-integrated electronic systems that capture certain of these essential attributes, in the form of closed-feedback networks of wireless, body-integrated devices, could be useful in treatment of various patient conditions. Research over the last decade in this field of bioelectronics establishes the foundations for soft, skin-conformal electronics and for bioresorbable devices. A specific clinical need that can be uniquely addressed with these emerging technologies, and that serves as a demonstration for their latest capabilities, is in continuous monitoring of cardiac function and autonomous treatment of abnormal heart rhythms that present as temporary conditions in many patients following a cardiac surgery. Traditional cardiac pacemakers have revolutionized care worldwide and saved millions of lives, but devices for temporary purposes involve percutaneous wires for connections to pacing leads, external hardware for power/sensing/control and surgical procedures for extraction. These features expose patients to unnecessary risks and impose burdens on the health system through additional costs and requirements for extended hospital stays. The systems summarized here, as described in detail in two recent papers [1], [2], avoid these disadvantages through a wirelessly networked collection of temporary devices that distribute on and in the body to ensure normal cardiac activity. In particular, these devices (1) modulate cardiac rhythms, (2) track cardiopulmonary status, (3) provide multi-haptic feedback to the patient, and (4) support transient operation through natural resorption into the body and gentle removal from the skin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2023 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781665428002
StatePublished - 2023
Event2023 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2023 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Feb 19 2023Feb 23 2023

Publication series

NameDigest of Technical Papers - IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference
ISSN (Print)0193-6530


Conference2023 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, ISSCC 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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