Part holter monitor, part pulse-ox monitor, part glucometer, the new bluetooth enabled technology from ALIVE hopes to help patients monitor their health without interrupting their lifestyles.
Turning the health-care model upside down, a small Australian company is working on bluetooth technology that logs and transmits medical observation data to a central network through a mobile phone – so your doctor can call YOU when a problem is developing. Alive’s bluetooth technology is already proving useful in the recovery of cardiac outpatients and the diagnosis of sleep apnea – and a range of products in development aim to make advancements in health monitoring for diabetics, mountaineers and athletes in training.
The core of the Alive technology is a fairly simple idea – bluetooth enabled health monitoring devices such as heart rate & activity monitors, ECGs, blood oximeters and blood glucose meters that communicate with software on your mobile phone to log and upload information to a central internet server.
The information can be uploaded in real-time over a GPRS mobile data connection if constant monitoring is required – such as in the case of cardiac arrest patients who are beginning to use exercise as part of their recovery – or saved onboard the device on an SD card to be batch uploaded at a convenient time if the data isn’t so urgent.
This means that vital health information can be relayed to medical professionals without the need to visit a hospital, either constantly, daily or as needed. It’s a major step forward in convenience for people who need various body metrics monitored, and could serve to relieve stress on overcrowded health systems.