An Israeli company Tadiran Spectralink Ltd., known for its “wireless communications products for manned and unmanned aircraft, guided weapons and space platforms,” has paired with Siemens to develop a portable wireless monitoring device for chronically ill patients and the elderly:
The new unit measures e.g. patients’ pulse, cardiac rhythm and blood oxygen values without inconveniencing them. The user, e.g. at-risk patients with cardiac or circulatory diseases, patients with chronic illnesses and seniors can enjoy constant monitoring and support without having to visit their doctor. The information is stored on a chip, analyzed and transmitted in real time or as needed over the GSM/GPRS network to a medical center. “This is the first time that a medical control device has been combined with mobile communication technology, enabling people in need to be monitored anywhere anytime and maintain their normal lifestyle” said Itzhak Beni, President and CEO of Tadiran Spectralink.
In addition to biosensors and a radio module, the unit has everything the user needs to send emergency calls or place mobile calls to predefined people or call centers. Thanks to its integrated MC55 Siemens radio module, the device works almost everywhere in the world on all GSM/GPRS networks.
The unit is very lightweight and easy to operate. First product tests are currently being conducted in Israel and Sweden , with results expected for later this year.