Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Wireless Future of Medicine

The world of medicine is forever advances, and with the constant changes and upgrades in technology, medicine is evolving to the wireless realm. Since the invention of the stethoscope in 1816, wireless medical devices are the future to saving lives in and out of the hospital. One of the first adaptations to the this changing technology is a electrocardiogram that has the ability to be seen on a iphone or smartphone that shows the cardiovascular information of a real patient to be seen at anytime, anywhere. You might be checking your e-mail now, but in the near future you will be checking your vitals, such as heart rhythm, blood pressure, oxygen, temperature, all available from hospital to smart phone. What if an expecting parent would have the ability to monitor continuously the fetal heart rate or contractions so as to not to worry till delivery? What if you could measure your glucose with a "stick on" patch on skin, instead of implants? What if you could track your sleep where every minute could be tracked by how deep you sleep? What if you could manage your weight hour by hour? All of this is now going wireless and as an application on the iphone. One of the most recent and being advertised is the a handheld ultrasound stethoscope.

All of this is helping the medical field and doctors, but more importantly patients. Patients don't have to worry as much about ending up on a hospital bed with a constant wireless monitor through their iphone. These inventions will also further the advancement and detection of diabetes, breast cancer, atrial fibrillation, and sudden cardiac death, where the sensors can be of easy access and transportation. The smart phone is one of the most important and most used devices of the day, where taking advantage of that will be of much use for the medical field.

Keep an eye open for wireless medical equipment.

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