Very cool development and one I expect we'll see much more of. I think the ability to monitor vitals for really sick patients from afar will really help providers deliver more proactive care. The big question is how comfortable (not physically, but emotionally) patients will be with someone consistently monitoring their every involuntary move. A little Big Brotherish, but I suppose if you have a medical condition that requires acute attention, this is a real life saver.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
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