Siemens and Tadiran
Spectralink Ltd
report the development of a medical device that monitors patient's health. The device,
which is worn on the wrist like a watch, uses biosensors to
continuously check vital functions, which are then transmitted by an
embedded Siemens GSM/GPRS radio module to a hospital for further
analysis. This innovative device will become available early next year
under the name “MDKeeper TM ”. By using the integrated MC55 Siemens
GSM/GPRS radio module (pictured at right), the device can also support
"panic button" calls and voice calls from the device. Even with a radio
module that's 1.5 inches square, this must be one honking big
wristwatch (the only photo available is of the radio, not the complete

The new
unit measures e.g. [sic] patients’ pulse, cardiac rhythm and blood oxygen
values without inconveniencing them. The user, e.g. at-risk patients
with cardiac or circulatory diseases, patients with chronic illnesses
and seniors can enjoy constant monitoring and support without having to
visit their doctor. The information is stored on a chip, analysed and
transmitted in real time or as needed
over the GSM/GPRS network to a
medical centre. “This is the first time that a medical control device
has been combined with mobile communication technology, enabling people
in need to be monitored anywhere anytime and maintain their normal
lifestyle” said Itzhak Beni, President and CEO of Tadiran Spectralink. [Emphasis mine.]

This is an intriguing product concept that really gets my mind
spinning on market segments and adoption. With home care reimbursement
in the U.S. almost nonexistent, this might make a better hospital
product. Now with an 802.11 radio and these parameters in a package the
size of a traditional telemetry transmitter...

[Hat tip Wireless Healthcare News]