IMEC – Impact of lifestyle choices

Imec has pioneered low-cost, low-power, breakthrough wireless system solutions for over 15 years. Over the last 3 years imec had 10 ISSCC papers and no less then 20 patent applications in this domain. Imec has developed many innovative designs, which have been adopted for commercialization by several industrial players and have led to the creation of several spin-off companies.


CloudTag utilises advanced sensory technology to obtain clinical-grade ECG, it can be tailored to match different needs and blends reliable technology with friction-less usability to improve the user experience and to help increase adoption.

The accuracy of Imec’s algorithms to retrieve physiological parameters provides CloudTag with a unique selling point.

The Cloudtag Track gives immediate, accurate and personalized feedback on one’s lifestyle, enabling the individual to put unhealthy habits into perspective while persuading lifestyle changes to adopt healthier diet and activity habits.

Chris Van Hoof, programme director of Imec’s wearable health programme sasys “The IMEC and Holst Centre develop ultra-small low-power, high-quality sensors and specialized algorithms that turn data into valuable knowledge, paving the way to next generation wearables that offer medical quality data monitoring in a frictionless way. These sophisticated wearables can support doctors in diagnosis and follow-up of illnesses, and they offer a huge opportunity in illness prevention by serving as a virtual personal coach” 

He goes on to say “Our collaboration with Cloudtag is an exciting example of how imec’s technology can support the industry in realizing the next generation of wearable devices”



In this stimulating talk Chris Van Hoof gives you a sneak peek in the future of wearable health and how it can radically improve our lives.

Following the life of a single person, you’ll discover in which phases health wearable’s can upgrade our health.

Chris Van Hoof is department director and program director of HUMAN++ in the smart systems unit at imec in Leuven and the HOLST Centre in Eindhoven.

His research focuses on the application of advanced technology for the creation of miniature components and subsystems, ultra-low power wearable wireless sensor systems, and smart implantable devices.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Chris talks about the impact on lifestyle choices now and how it isn’t identified until 20 years later. Broken down, here is how illness will develop in 20 years from now out of 1,000 people

  • 30 with heart failure

  • 56 will have had a stroke

  • 120 Developing type 2 diabetes 

  • 450 Cardiovascular  disorder (multiple

  • 900 Presbyopia 

Behavior has a much bigger impact on your health than anything else, including environment, genetics and medical care access. It makes up a whopping 50% of the impact!

Medicine has a huge part to play as it has gone on to play a huge part in saving lives and has increased life expectancy if we look over the last century we’ve gotten older and as a consequence of this, chronic disease’s have emerged and have started dominating. Scarily by 2060 half of our lives will be spent being sick.

Nobody is surprised when they see the elderly in a hospital bed, it’s what we all expect. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We all think we can do better and prevention is one of the biggest keys to to the solution.

After world war 2 vaccination’s and inoculation has saved many lives. A life long focus on prevention through behavior change is going to kerb the appearance of chronic illnesses and we will grow older being a lot more healthy.

Technology can play a big role by providing tools for the care cycle and cure and the prevention.


Imec teams up with companies across the value chain of the electronic devices market. Often companies use imec’s know-how and designs to accelerate the development of their next-generation ICs. Others primarily want to get early access to system demonstrators to start the development of breakthrough end-user products before the commercial ICs for these products are available. Partners joining this research program get access to the prototype ICs, design databases, system studies, simulation models and underlying patents.


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