All it takes to check vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure and glucose levels is a tiny electronic device which can be attached to an ordinary plaster. The results are sent via a mobile phone or PDA (handheld computer) on to a computer database, which has been set up to detect results which are outside defined ranges.
What are some possible uses of this device?
- Telemedical devices to monitor heart health can be of particular use for those at high risk of arrhythmias or heart disease.
- Telemedicine has the potential to greatly enhance patient care so that they can be diagnosed and treated locally, avoiding the need to travel long distances.
“Despite the advantages of these new communication tools, nothing can replace the observation, diagnosis and reassurance of a medical practitioner, who should ideally oversee any monitoring of the patient’s condition.”