WIreless Power for Heart Implant

Posted at 4:40 pm on 05/20/2014 by Rahul Razdan

Stanford has prototyped the ability to wirelessly charge pacemakers (HERE). 

Wirelessly charging pacemakers seems like an idea which makes a lot of sense. In fact, when at WiPower we explored this area with several medical device makers, and the results on the business side were surprising.  These included:
  1. The current battery in a pacemakers last nearly as long as the patents. 
  2. If the battery needs to be replaced, it is likely there is a new generation of pacemaker which would provide an upgrade as compared to the current one.
  3. The current payment system is focused on procedures, so there is a disinsentive to have long-life products.

It appears that the place wireless power can have a large impact are with high energy devices such as artificial hearts. 

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