InnovationLab and Bitquadrat demonstrate smart mattress cover for real-time patient monitoring in hospitals and senior living facilities

Integration of printed pressure sensors and healthcare software enables dramatic risk-reduction in dangerous pressure ulcers.

HEIDELBERG, Germany – January 19, 2021 - InnovationLab, the expert in printed electronics “from lab to fab,” today demonstrated a smart mattress cover that may reduce by up to 88% the risk of developing decubitus ulcersi . the potentially life-threatening pressure ulcers that affect up to 2.5 million hospital patients in the U.S. annuallyii. Combining InnovationLab’s flexible printed sensors with Bitquadrat’s specialized health-monitoring software, the new cost-effective platform conducts personalized, real-time risk-assessment of pressure ulcers—providing the most efficient way to inform nurses and other caregivers when patients require repositioning on their mattress.

“A significant number of patients worldwide will develop pressure ulcers, and global mortality directly attributable to pressure ulcers is rising by double digits, making this a very serious healthcare issue,” said Dr. Christoph Kaiser, head of Tech-2-Market department, InnovationLab. “As a designer and manufacturer of roll-to-roll printed and organic sensors, we identified a market need where our technology can help—and then we decided to pursue it. With our ability to mass-produce high-accuracy large-area printed pressure sensors and Bitquadrat’s market-specific expertise in intelligent healthcare software, we can now deliver a cost-effective integrated hardware/software platform that vastly improves real-time monitoring of patients susceptible to developing pressure ulcers. Suppliers to hospitals and senior living facilities—as well as mattress companies and system integrators—can use our solution to build a new generation of smart mattress that will improve the experience of patients by empowering caregivers to provide better care through better technology.”

The smart mattress-cover demonstrator features an array of several hundred flexible printed pressure sensors from InnovationLab integrated with health-monitoring software from Bitquadrat, which leverages machine learning (ML)/artificial intelligence (AI) and real-time data processing. The smart mattress cover assesses the risk of pressure ulcers by monitoring the size and duration of pressure at each point of contact. This is a major advantage over smart mattresses that use motion sensors, which only detect when a patient moves and changes position but cannot detect the size or duration of pressure on the mattress.

Advantages of the Smart Mattress Demonstrator

  • Reduces the incidence of pressure ulcers—promoting better care in an acute-care setting to improve the patient’s experience
  • Allows caregivers to monitor patients remotely in real-time instead of requiring them to examine a patient’s entire body for pressure ulcers every thirty minutes to two hours—improving efficiency and saving personnel costs
  • By using local AI models and on-board computation no sensitive data leaves the device. Only critical alerts are relayed, providing patient monitoring around the clock while preserving privacy.
  • Reduced incidence of pressure ulcers leads to decreased risk of costly lawsuits against healthcare professionals.
  • Environmentally friendly disposable product thanks to organic electronics

As a software firm deeply committed to a radical paradigm shift in the healthcare industry, Bitquadrat’s focus is to keep people healthier for longer, reducing the time they are ill to improve their quality of life,” said Andreas R. C. Diehl, managing director, Bitquadrat GmbH. “The smart mattress demonstrator exemplifies our philosophy. Combining pressure sensors with real-time health-monitoring software that leverages AI/ML for data processing, we’re now able to open up previously unimagined possibilities for the prevention of decubitus and other serious illnesses. And while the well-being of patients outweighs all other objectives, there’s also an economic benefit to preventing pressure ulcers because for every ulcer avoided, insurance companies can save tens of thousands of dollars. We’re delighted to collaborate with InnovationLab on this important project.”

For More Information

InnovationLab is currently demonstrating the smart mattress platform for select customers. To schedule a demo, please contact Dr. Christoph Kaiser via

About InnovationLab

Founded in 2008, InnovationLab GmbH is a one-stop shop for organic and printed electronics, with a focus on flexible pressure sensors, as well as temperature, moisture and gas sensors, and the capability to design and produce fully integrated hardware/software systems. The company offers highly customized solutions and supports high-volume production at two manufacturing sites in Germany, providing hands-on support to its customers throughout the entire product value chain, from concept to bulk production of printed functional products. InnovationLab provides state-of-the-art infrastructure along with comprehensive expertise in materials, processes and printing technologies to develop novel products. InnovationLab also supports numerous research and industrial partners at its lab and fabrication facility, an interdisciplinary environment featuring 6200 m2 of usable space for production, development and offices, including 700 m2 state-of-the-art cleanrooms. For more information, see:


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