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  • Tracking Vital Signs…No Wires Included

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    If you've been hospitalized, you know how constraining it can be to be stuck in your bed, glued down by all those wires. With so many advances in technology and medicine, you would think that someone would think of a better way to track vital signs other than wires. What about a tattoo? Randall Stross of the New York Times discusses more in his Sunday article:

    CONFINED to their hospital beds, patients can only fantasize about stripping off all the wires that connect them to monitors and bolting for the door.

    Suppose, however, that all of a convalescent patient’s electrode patches were consolidated into a single, nearly invisible and weightless version — as thin as a temporary, press-on tattoo. And suppose that a tiny radio transmitter eliminated the need for any wires tethering the patient to monitoring machines

    “Epidermal electronics” — a term coined by researchers who have produced prototype devices at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — may enable constant medical monitoring anywhere.

    The devices are part of a growing field, called mHealth, that uses mobile technologies. Simpler forms include smartphone apps for patient education or disease management. More complex ones include wireless sensors to monitor vital signs.

    “MHealth is managing conditions continuously, so that they don’t reach a crisis,” says Donald M. Casey, chief executive of the West Wireless Health Institute, a nonprofit research organization in San Diego.

    Wireless sensor technology is advancing rapidly. Last year, for example, Corventis, a medical device company based in San Jose, Calif., received Food and Drug Administration approval to market its Nuvant Mobile Cardiac Telemetry System, used to detect arrhythmias. A 2-by-6-inch electronic gizmo on a patient’s chest sends an electrocardiogram to a nearby transmitter, which relays it to a central monitoring center.

    Read more at The New York Times

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