Monday, September 19, 2005

WiFi Man 2

San Diego-based Triage Wireless has created, and hopes to bring to the market in the near future, a patch applied to the skin that continuously monitors a person's blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs, and then forwards that information to their doctor's computer via wireless links.

With the AdvancedBPM system, physicians conceivably will get a more complete view of a person's vital signs during different parts of the day, including while they sleep, and over an extended period of time. The system, ideally, would also help curb spiraling medical costs by reducing the number of hospital and office visits.

Data gets transmitted from the patch via a Bluetooth connection to a handheld, which then sends it across a cellular network. Although it's doubtful that someone will try to filch your blood oxygen readings, Triage is taking particular care with privacy and security.

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