electronic bandageFlexible, wearable devices are being developed that could act as electronic bandages.

Engineering researchers at a number of universities are collaborating on a device that would both monitor how a wound was healing and deliver drugs to the wound site as needed.

This is an application of cutting edge technology to a basic and pervasive area of medicine that hasn’t changed to any significant extent in hundreds of years. Employing new technology in the most mundane applications, as an electronic bandage would do, has the potential to have the greatest impact within medicine and healthcare simply because everyday problems tend to be the most widespread yet the most overlooked. They are so common, we become blind to them.

In what other areas might we be missing opportunities to have significant positive impact by rethinking a common problem?