The majority of medical devices today work as individual units, monitoring and reporting only one specific aspect of a patient's health which doctors and nurses then piece together to get a complete picture. Wouldn't it be great if doctors and nurses didn't have to spend their time piecing together information, but could instead use their time more efficiently and focus on the patient? Fortunately, the healthcare industry is realizing this inefficiency and is moving towards a system in which connected applications aggregate, visualize and manage medical data on web-based platforms. This will allow easy medical data access and a clear picture for patients, doctors and service providers to all aspects of a patient's health. Devices which perform this task can be connected to the receiving devices using a multitude of technology connections, the most efficient of which is through the intelligent use of wireless modules. Wireless modules communicate through the GSM network, eliminating the problem of fixed line communication's high installation costs or of Bluetooth's inconsistent performance.
The strong Cinterion product portfolio serves all health market requirements - from small form factor modules used in existing integrated devices to scalable platform modules for gateways without additional application processors. By incorporating M2M technology into your medical application, it becomes independent from fixed line networks and extremely easy to use, eliminating the complicated wired installations and barriers of mobility.
With M2M technology, medical services become robust and patient data can be transmitted safely utilizing the latest encryption technologies. Through the use of proven technology, truly global healthcare solutions can be created that are not only robust and flexible, but at the same time secure and highly reliable.
Wireless technology can extend the reach of AAL (ambient assisted living) homecare systems to anywhere there is GSM coverage - at the same time providing greater ease of use through easy setup and installation. With telemonitoring, mobile GSM based sensor systems watch over a patient's vital parameters outside the home and can be used to call for help, allowing for faster reaction times.
Sensors and devices for blood pressure measurement and weight scales, from mobile ECGs, pedometers and fitness equipment, glucose meters and spirometers to implant monitors can transmit health information via the mobile network into a personal health record from where the condition can be reviewed. With medical parameters measured more often, a more complete profile enables better treatment and medical quality is improved.
Regular monitoring is crucial for chronic diseases where patients often realize a worsening of their condition very late and complications result in expensive hospitalization. Telemonitoring experts can detect smallest variations which allow earlier detection, saving the patient medical costs as well as potentially saving their lives. This kind of disease management is applied in case of diabetes, COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and CHF (chronic heart failure). Mobile telemonitoring can be applied as efficient and cost-effective tool for the prevention of chronic diseases as well as in the rehabilitation process.
Mobile Health (mHealth) can provide answers to challenges that health systems are facing today. Optimized integrated mobile care can improve cost-efficiency through shorter hospital stays and medical quality at the same time. Companies in this emerging market can extend and enhance their range of services and increase benefits to end users, thereby gaining clear competitive advantages with the new evolving business model.
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