Monday, October 03, 2005

Mobile Medical Monitoring

From Cell phone monitors your health

The next evolution in cellphone technology won’t be about downloading music, video or even advertising. No, the ubiquitous, often annoying cellphone is going to do something indisputably good: save lives via medical monitoring.

“There is going to be an explosion of the use of wireless technology in health care,” said Greg Raybuck, VP-sales and marketing at CardioNet, a San Diego-based medical technology firm that has wired more than 35,000 cardiac patients with a cardiac monitoring service that transmits data using the Sprint wireless network for at-risk cardiac patients.

Although the PDA-like device used by CardioNet patients sends and receives text messages, it is not a cellphone -- yet. “This is just the first generation of the technology,” Mr. Raybuck said.

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