Wireless platform for device connectivity over mobile phone networks: The Continua Health Alliance has developed a set of standards and protocols to facilitate communication between different medical devices. This was meant to allow various manufacturers to create devices that would automatically be compatible with those from other firms. Cambridge Consultants teamed up with Qualcomm to create a standard wireless unit that can communicate data from a Continua-certified device to remote servers. This technology, in one swoop, may allow any compatible device to be used in telemedicine applications.
ViSi Mobile wireless vitals monitoring system: Eastman Chemical Company, DD Studio, PolyOne and Phillips Plastics have teamed up to create a vitals monitoring device for Sotera Wireless. The ViSi Mobile will measure blood pressure and heart rate, and it will be chemically resistant and waterproof. The system includes a wireless device that straps to a patient’s arm to monitor vital signs, such as blood pressure and heart rate; a monitoring device to keep clinicians connected to patients’ information; and a charging station.
A virtual tour of the colon, via the iPhone 4: Subversus Interactive, a small software company, is working on a game to help students and gastroenterologists learn how to interpret what they’d be seeing through a colonoscope.
Radiopaedia teaching files in HD on the iPad: Radiopaedia.org, which has been offering radiology teaching files on the iPhone for a while now, recently updated its offering with an HD version for the iPad. It has high-resolution images and includes multiple, scrollable stacks with up to 350 images per case and links to additional online cases. The first volume is now available. All proceeds go towards the maintenance and further development of Radiopaedia.org.
A weekly roundup of new developments in wireless medical technology and mHealth, by MedGadget.com.