Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Telemedicine: Bluetooth Heart Monitor SMSs your heart attack to the ER

From physorg:

A Bluetooth heart monitor could text your local hospital if you are about to have a heart attack, according to research published today in Inderscience's International Journal of Electronic Healthcare. The device measures electrical signals from the heart, analyses them to produce an electrocardiogram (ECG) and sends an alert together with the ECG by cell phone text message.
They are also exploring the addition of a GPS into this system to be able to locate the patient even faster.

Very cool. Hopefully someday they will have similar devices for sending a diabetic's blood glucose data to their care providers, notify family members when a woman is going into labor, or even find missing children.

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