As technology improves a wave of new remote monitoring products have made their way to the healthcare industry. Take a moment to check out some of these revolutionary products that could change the industry of healthcare forever.
New Remote Patient Monitoring Technology
As the healthcare industry continues to allot millions of dollars for the development of remote patient monitoring technology, an increasing number of quality products have been introduced into the market. These devices can have a profound effect on the ways in which providers and their patients interact.
Medical Economics has compiled a list of several current and future advancements in remote monitoring technology.
- ZIO XT Patch: This device continuously records a patient’s heartbeat for up to 14 days. Once the patch has been prescribed, the patient will wear the device until the monitoring period is over. The patient then sends the device back to its creator, iRhythm, where the results are analyzed and reported to the physician for interpretation. This patch is FDA-approved, noninvasive, water-resistant, and has no leads or wires.
- Sensoria Fitness Socks: This fitness monitor includes smart socks and an electronic anklet. With the device, the user can monitor their steps, distance, speed, cadence, and foot-landing pattern in order to identify their running style. The data can sync with both Androids and iPhones and gives the runner audio cues if they’re running in a way that may cause harm.
- Cue: Cue is a portable system that can monitor a user’s vitamin D levels, testosterone levels, fertility, inflammation, and diagnose the flu. Through saliva, blood or mucous samples, Cue collects data and then sends its results via Bluetooth to a smartphone app. Here, consumers can see charted results, fitness advice, and treatment suggestions. Cue is available for pre-order to start shipping in spring 2015.
- Google’s Smart Contact Lens Project: In early 2014, Google began the smart contact lens project to monitor glucose levels in diabetic patients. These smart lenses would take a glucose reading once per second through a person’s tears. The contacts look and feel like regular lenses, with a computer chip and an antenna thinner than a strand of hair. Google claims that they’re currently in talks with the FDA to allow the product in the market. However, there’s not yet a release date.
- BodyGuardian Remote Patient Monitoring System: Developed by Preventice and the Mayo Clinic, the BodyGuardian is a heart-monitoring device that tracks cardiac data and stores the information on a cloud system. Physicians can view their patients’ data remotely and will be alerted to any unusual activity.
- Kinsa Smart Thermometer: This device is a mobile-connected thermometer. At the first signs of an illness, patients can use the smartphone app to enter their symptoms. Through the app, patients can see a map of illnesses in the area and plan accordingly.
- Glooko’s MeterSync: The Glooko’s MeterSync allows patients with diabetes to monitor their glucose levels and download their data directly to a smartphone app. Patients can then email, print or fax their glucose reports to their physicians. This device is compatible with more than 25 glucose meters and is available for both iPhones and Androids.
Author: Lauren Daniels