Wireless Monitoring With Medical Devices – There are Many Posts About These at the Medical Quack
Posted Sep 30 2009 10:23pm
This article just appeared in the Wall Street Journal, but readers here at this blog are already more than aware of connectivity with medical devices that report data, we’ve already moved on to the “Blue tooth Inhaler” here.
Companies ranging from chip maker Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) and medical-device giant Medtronic Inc. (MDT) see an opportunity in bringing wireless connectivity to medical devices such as blood-sugar monitors and sending that information to doctors, hospitals or smartphones like Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s (RIMM) Blackberry.
"We're absolutely headed in that direction," said Christopher O'Connell, group president for diabetes and other device franchises at Medtronic.
Medicine is an attractive area for tech companies amid estimates the market for wirelessly relaying health-care information could grow to nearly $1 billion over the next five years, according to ABI Research analyst Stan Schatt. Diabetes is particularly appealing because it's a growing problem that already affects 7.8% of the U.S. population, according to the American Diabetes Association.
Aside from getting blood-sugar readings on smartphones, future innovations could include a Bluetooth connection for blood-sugar monitors or cellular chips within such devices to relay information right to doctors or hospitals.