Freescale Semiconductor -- working with software developers at Microsoft, UI Centric, Stonestreet One, and QNX Software systems -- has produced a reference platform that will accelerate development of medical gateways for the home. The gateways -- essentially electronic boxes -- will be capable of gathering data from nearby blood pressure monitors, blood glucometers, electrocardiograms, pulse oximeters, weight scales, and a host of other medical devices and sending it to PCs.
The reference platform would enable product makers to create a gateway linking handheld devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, to medical devices, such as blood pressure monitors and glucometers. Source: Freescale Semiconductor
"The majority of us don't take a proactive look at our health," notes David Niewolny, medical segment manager for the Microcontroller Solutions Group at Freescale. "Right now, we don't do it because we don't have the tools around us to make it happen."
The new technology would serve as a first step in providing a tool to make personal, preventive health simpler. The reference platform is targeted at companies that may want to build such gateways. Those companies might range from medical device manufacturers to electronic product makers to companies that are involved in wireless infrastructure.
I guess I see the importance of this type of application for older patients or people who have chronic health issues that need to be monitored. But the idea of strapping on all kinds of gauges and monitors to have my health be continuously remoted monitored by me or my physician is a bit of overkill in my book. I'm all for wellness, but being a slave to it and getting obsessive over numbers would be a real buzz kill. Also, given that our health care professionals are already overwhelmed by the insurance mandate to squeeze in zillions of patient visits a day, I'm wondering who's going to be free to monitor all this good data in the first place.
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