Noting that the story said that this oxygen saturation meter is mainly for hospital use, with some consumer application, I was checking the shelf at my local drugstore recently. Lots of handheld blood pressure meters. No oxy. I guess personally I would be more concerned with bp, and, not being a smoker (or a marathon runner who's doping), I'm less interested in my oxygen levels. Still, makes one wonder what other potential personal medical devices might be saleable. Some kind of lipids in the blood meter perhaps, or testosterone?
Good points. This is really a hospital device but the idea of making it small, cheap and friendly is part of the consumerization of medical which is happening with BP cuffs, blood sugar meters and more down at the local drug store. Aging seniors like me are supposedly buying and getting issued more of these sorts of devcies to do care at home, again supposedly saving money from clinic visits while generating reams of data someone might someday mine when patient records ever go digital.
Like any aging person (and techie) I am delighted to see these sorts of devices coming about. I can see a use for these pulse oxometers in looking at the oxygen content of blood in one extremity versus another since that can vary significantly from one extremity to another in diabetics and early knowledge of growing problems in that area could help prevent broken bones, amputations, and neuropathy in those patients by giving early warning of growing circulatory problems.
Nevertheless the one thing I never seem to see come about due to this growing plethora of medical devices is a genuine coup in health care COST SAVINGS that might trickle down to us the average American!
We are slaves to our employers for no other reason than we are loath to leave our jobs out of fear that we might not be able to obtain affordable health care again if we go. I can my my
I do not believe that is an accident. Just like in the bad old days of hard labor in the coal mines where we were slaved (contracted) to the company store now we are enslaved to any company still willing to offer us a bad (and ever more worthless) health care plan.
I remember my dad starting half a dozen different (fairly successful) businesses in my childhood and now I can't follow in his footsteps because the idea of paying for my and my wife's health insurance at the same time I was trying to deal with an early startup shoestring budget is just too scary.
Used to be that a start up venture was just a gamble with your finances. Now it is a gamble with your life too!
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