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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9Solutions IPCS is a wireless Bluetooth and SaaS-based real-time locating system (RTLS) and application platform that enables real-time tracking of people and equipment. The 9Solutions system, which works with cell phones, can be used to protect "lone employees" -- medical and other personnel who might need assistance while doing their jobs.
9Solutions also targets healthcare patients, who can use the product as a sophisticated nurse call button. Residents of an assisted living facility, for instance, can be tracked -- and can call for help -- anywhere they go on the facility's premises while wearing a system tag such as a necklace or wristwatch. The system can notify caregivers if a resident has entered an unsecured area.
The technology also can save personal activity profiles for each user and if any differ too much from the user's long-term activity, it can automatically send an alarm to caregivers. The system can work with older equipment such as traditional rope pulls, but it's its wireless location and activity monitoring options that set it apart. The 9solutions IPCS isn't available yet in the U.S.
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