This article just appeared in the Wall Street Journal, but readers here at this blog are already more than aware of connectivity with medical devices that report data, we’ve already moved on to the “Blue tooth Inhaler” here.
I also talk about how the connect to HealthVault, the free PHR from Microsoft. Anyway if you are a regular reader here, you are ahead of this one.
First off though, we still need to see if those phones create cancer or not. The connectivity will stand to save a lot of money too.
Here’s a drug for hypertension that you inhale:
Here’s a blue tooth device that does glucose:
FDA Clears and Certifies MyGlucoHealth to Integrate with Electronic Health Records and Personal Health Records
Here’s a shirt that does Blue tooth and transmits health data:
LifeShirt Has Upgrade Coming Out With Bluetooth and Zigbee Wireless – A Shirt that Transmits Health Data
Here’s a Blue Tooth Aggregating device, it picks up from other devices and put’s it all together with one device.
FDA approves HealthPal – Bluetooth Device that Collects from Other Reporting Devices and Sends Information to PHR – HealthVault or Google Health
Companies ranging from chip maker Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) and medical-device giant Medtronic Inc. (MDT) see an opportunity in bringing wireless connectivity to medical devices such as blood-sugar monitors and sending that information to doctors, hospitals or smartphones like Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s (RIMM) Blackberry.
"We're absolutely headed in that direction," said Christopher O'Connell, group president for diabetes and other device franchises at Medtronic.
Medicine is an attractive area for tech companies amid estimates the market for wirelessly relaying health-care information could grow to nearly $1 billion over the next five years, according to ABI Research analyst Stan Schatt. Diabetes is particularly appealing because it's a growing problem that already affects 7.8% of the U.S. population, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Aside from getting blood-sugar readings on smartphones, future innovations could include a Bluetooth connection for blood-sugar monitors or cellular chips within such devices to relay information right to doctors or hospitals.
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