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Body Media's patch, which uses Vancive's wearable sensor technology, is worn on the upper arm and used in lifestyle and weight-management solutions. The patch is designed to be used on a trial basis for a fraction of what the company's sensor solutions usually cost, so people can experiment with the technology.
Body Media’s patch, which uses Vancive's wearable sensor technology, is worn on the upper arm and used in lifestyle and weight-management solutions. The patch is designed to be used on a trial basis for a fraction of what the company’s sensor solutions usually cost, so people can experiment with the technology.

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Elizabeth M
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Technology put to good use
Elizabeth M   1/30/2013 7:38:27 AM
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Prevention is better than a cure, and these types of new medical technologies are leading the way to a healthier lifestyle for people, whether they've had medical problems already, struggle with weight issues or just generally want to keep fit. These are the kinds of stories I really enjoy writing because they actually affect people's lives in a positive way. What do you all think of this type of technology?

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Greg M. Jung   1/30/2013 9:14:14 AM
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Great article.  Multiple potential applications come to mind when I read this report.  One new application could be for the military to track a soldier's health in real-time.  Another application I see is health care companies giving their clients a reduction in premium charges if they live a healthy lifestyle (and show evidence of this by wearing these devices).

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naperlou   1/30/2013 9:18:10 AM
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Elizabeth, over the last couple of years I have heard talks from MartyCooper.  He is cedited as the developer of the cell phone at Motorola.  He will tell you he was part of a team, but he is credited with making the first call on a cellular network.  Marty's area is, or course, communications.  He has been touting these wearable medical sensors.  They always appear at the end of his talk when discussing how technology can help solve some of the world's most pressing problems.  Marty is in his 80s.  He runs daily and is still coming up with patents (important ones) and working start-ups.  His point is that it is communication technology, paired with these sensors, that will cost effectively help improve health and bring down costs. 

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Elizabeth M   1/30/2013 9:42:40 AM
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Thanks, Greg! Actually, I wrote an article awhile ago for another publication about technology that could determine if a soldier had been injured by a bomb blast...I think it was headgear. That used sensors as well. So you're dead on (no pun intended!) that this technology would be applicable for the military for sure. I think it would be a wake up call for all of us (even those of us who think we're fairly healthy) to have access and wear a device like this.

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Elizabeth M   1/30/2013 9:48:02 AM
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I haven't heard of him, naperlou, but will look him up. I do believe that's true, if we have a better sense of our health first hand then we can address any potential problems more quickly before they get dire (and expensive). And it also makes people more responsible for their own health, which is crucial. Thanks for reading and for the suggestion.

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Mydesign   1/30/2013 9:52:18 AM
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Elizabeth, there is no doubt that such technologies will be helpful for patients, especially to those who are not able to move around from bed. Remote diagnosis will be a great help for such elder peoples and doctors can diagnose them at any time based on the current statists of data through the sensors. Hope this technology will emerge soon.

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Elizabeth, any idea how this sensor is communicating with doctor. Is it with the help of any service provider with SIM card or a wifi signals. Anyway it has to use some mediums to communicate with doctors. Is it a half duplex or full duplex communication.

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apresher   1/30/2013 3:41:09 PM
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Elizabeth, Very interesting article. The trend to portable medical devices is just getting started, and I expect that the next few years will produce a lot of innovations in this area.

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NadineJ   1/30/2013 6:01:49 PM
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As the Wellness industry matures, this is a great product for Westerners.  Today, we all seem to need to monitor and analyze every little step in our daily lives.  Watching power usage by the hour on Smart Meters, checking social media accounts constantly, etc.

This tool is great for those who try out a new program, whether it's a diet, acupuncture, yoga, etc, and need know immediately if it's "working" or not.

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Charles Murray   1/30/2013 6:14:33 PM
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It's nice to see this progress, Liz. Pretty soon, band-Aids will be reading our temperatures and blood pressure. I've always heard that EKG in a Band-Aid is the Holy Grail for the medical electronics industry.

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