10 Wearable Health Tech Devices To Watch
October 31, 2012 04:15 PM Wearable medical technology is becoming a hot commodity. As these devices come to market, they have the potential to help both patients and clinicians monitor vital signs and symptoms.
BodyTel products offer the convenience of home diagnostics to people who have chronic illnesses or simply hope to avoid health problems by making lifestyle changes advised by a doctor. The devices include a blood glucose meter, a blood pressure meter, and scales. Each has a built-in Bluetooth module that automatically sends readings to the user's home base station or cell phone. The station then forwards the data to a secure online database using a protected Internet connection.
In addition to viewing the data, doctors have the option of having an alert sent to them under defined conditions; when data exceeds or falls below a pre-defined threshold, the doctor is informed. This lets medical personnel help quickly in the event of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia in a patient with diabetes, for instance. BodyTel products are available in the U.S.