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.
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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.
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