At national level, various issues have arisen in the last few years: reduced spending on healthcare, an increase in the number of dependants (disabled people, the elderly), a decrease in healthcare staff and a lack of healthcare facilities in certain areas.
These issues are the driving force behind a number of initiatives nationwide, such as the Plan Solidarité Grand Age 2007-2012 (Old Age Solidarity Plan), the Plan Alzheimer (2008-2012), and the Dossier Médical Personnalisé (Electronic Medical Record).

The field of healthcare will be one of the most important potential industrial markets  in years to come. The fields of imaging and instrumentation, in particular, are expected to play a key part in these developments.
The field of medical instrumentation especially, where progress has led to better results in the treatment of illnesses and a reduction in side effects, is a market of the utmost importance and has a key role in the rising demand from industrialised countries with an ageing population.

The progress of health systems and medical devices has been achieved through their ability to integrate medical expertise and be used in almost any environment (from the patient’s home to the operating theatre). They can also be used by a wide variety of individuals (from consultant specialists to elderly persons in need of help) and at any time (during a medical consultation or at any given moment during the day).

Medical expertise lies at the heart of the huge progress that has been made in healthcare, such as the vast array of healthcare resources made available to meet the needs of patients. This definition dictates however, that data, information relevant to the technology must lie at the heart of systems and medical devices.

This requires the coordination of the efforts of three kinds of stakeholders: medical professionals who understand the real needs of the enduser, academics who are capable of answering this need in terms of technological development and finally Industry, the only real group with the resources to convert these emerging technologies into tangible products. 

The LSI Carnot Institute uses its multidisciplinary teams to design and develop the medical devices of the future. Amongst others, we are working on the following projects:

  • Computer-assisted medico-surgical procedures

  • Methods for the analysis of physiological interactions based on non-invasive measures

  • Technology to help with home support for the elderly, terminally ill, and disabled, as well as substitute technology

  • Modelling of the human body and “Man in motion “

  • Information systems for health networks

  • Signal and image processing


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An embedded device for prevention of bedsores


A bedsore is a ischemic tissue lesion caused by excessive, prolonged pressure. The risk of bedsores is linked to a partial or total loss of mobility either permanent or temporarily, coupled with insensitivity to pain. They affect fragile and elderly people in particular, which equates to more than 300,000 people per year in France. The increase in sores  linked to bedsores...