A new medical invention made specifically for smartphones has been developed by researchers in Switzerland. The tool, which was developed jointly by two electrical engineering labs at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), automatically identifies anomalies in a person’s heart rate.
How does the tool work? According to an article in CNN, “The small, lightweight monitor consists of four non-invasive electrode sensors attached to the skin which are linked to a radio module and computer chip which clips onto a patient’s belt. Data is fed to the user’s smartphone where it can be viewed in real time for anything up to 150 hours on a single charge. Complex algorithms flag up any abnormalities with data sent to a doctor for examination via a picture attachment on text or email.”
The information is sent to doctors in seconds, and can be transmitted twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
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Benjamin DuBois, M.D., a board certified cardiologist who is part of both the Northwest and Sinai Hospital Division of Cardiology, thinks that this invention has the potential to be useful, but it could also be worrisome.
“The concept for this tool is definitely cool and exciting, but this could lead to thousands of false alarms and unnecessary phone calls from patients who use it incorrectly. What would be more useful than just identifying heart rates is if it could also track overall patient symptoms and then alert doctors if anything suspicious happens.”
Other cardiologists and doctors realize that there is a big push for more mobile device-related technology, so they think the tool could lead to more exciting and effective possibilities.
What do you think?
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