“What we have now are all the ingredients for the equivalent of an industrial revolution.”

That opinion was expressed by Ted Bissell, managing consultant with the UK-based PA Consulting Group and panel moderator at this month’s AdvaMed 2012, during a discussion on the future of healthcare and the intersection of mobile and medical devices. This notion that patient-centric innovations will rule the day for medtech is unfolding before our eyes, according to Bissell.

During the same panel discussion, John Harthorne, founder and CEO of Boston-based Mass Challenge, which works with startups in a range of fields, including healthcare, rattled off several patient-centric innovations now being developed.

“We’re seeing the most activity in monitoring devices and systems,” says Harthorne. He cited the following projects:

• Cardio Wave mobile health platform by a Russian team and based on pulse-wave sensing technology for continuous 24-hour monitoring of blood pressure, heart rate, and assessment of quality and elasticity of blood vessels.

• Bandu app by Neumitra, a startup by a group of MIT neuroscientists, that uses a wearable watch-like sensing device that monitors the body’s stress levels by monitoring fluid regulation and alerting users through a mobile app as to when they need to “chill” and relax.

• Monitoring system for the elderly that uses cameras, health sensors, and software intelligence by Nordic Technology Group to detect abnormal patterns in behavior, allowing for an early response.

While the industry keeps watch to see what form ‘comparative effectiveness’ will take under the Affordable Care Act and how device makers will react to the device tax if and when it takes effect (Democratic pundit, CNN analyst, and AdvaMed 2012 speaker John Bellaga said he believes that even an Obama-led administration may repeal it) let’s embrace and promote medtech’s industrial revolution.

I, for one, can’t wait to see how the onslaught of patient-centric devices will be designed, branded, and promoted in the future. Perhaps one day soon we’ll be watching commercials showing patients and docs touching stylish handheld devices to transfer important medical information rather than music playlists.