Wearable sensors for monitoring vitals

WHEN it comes to technology in the medical world, the realm of science fiction offers far more options and advancements than in real life for obvious reasons. Well, perhaps truth is about to catch up with fiction (with some miles left to go, of course) with the introduction of the ViSi Mobile monitor that will display the vital signs of a patient.

The ViSi Mobile monitor is the brainchild of the good people over at Sotera Wireless of San Diego, California, where this wearable sensor pack will rely on tried-and-tested Wi-Fi technology, where it will enable doctors who get around with a tablet or smartphone in tow to be able to remotely monitor patient vital signs without sacrificing on accuracy, so much so it is said to offer the accuracy of an intensive care unit.

The ViSi Mobile monitor was designed around the concept of “monitoring in motion,” where it is made up of several units that is made of rugged, water-resistant plastic. These will include a wrist unit with monitor readout, chest sensors, a blood pressure cuff monitor and a thumb sensor. All of those will be hooked up to the current hospital data infrastructure via Wi-Fi, where it works alongside WPA2 encryption for security.

The plethora of sensors made available will enable doctors to constantly monitor vitals such as blood oxygen levels, blood pressure, heart rate, electrocardiogram readings and skin temperature, being as accurate as that of an intensive care unit, while enabling patients to remain in ordinary hospital rooms or to have them move around. All readouts from the sensors are easily accessible from ViSi Mobile’s wrist monitor’s touchscreen, or you can take the desktop PC, tablet or smartphone routes. All of the wrist monitor’s readouts are secured via authorization codes, meaning that it will remain off limits to the patient for obvious reasons.

Whoever said that the medical realm is not “gadgety” enough? Doctors seem to have a new “toy” to play with now on-the-go instead of their beeper that asks them to return to the hospital for an emergency.

Source: Cool Gardgets

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