Posts Tagged ‘Wireless’

And off we go #eHealth #Network project on Twitpic

Given the state of infrastructure we have in Kuwait for electronic networks and how unfortunately we are behind in comparison to other countries worldwide for wired connectivity (fiber/cable) to as close as possible to the last mile, we have just started exploring with WIMD Kuwait on a PoC testing wireless network delivery for Internet and Point-to-Point networks for our eHealth projects! Very excited for the outcomes and let’s see how this one will go

“GE is working on a solution, the Wireless Patient Monitoring System, which would accept signals from dozens of non-tethered sensors, beaming that data straight to the people who need to view it whether they be down the hall at the nurse’s station or down the road at the driving range.” Tim Stevens, Engadget

GE is still in talks with the FCC to hopefully develop this technology and use the frequency of  2360 MHz. Yup, I think it’s about time we go wireless in medical monitoring solutions, especially invasive gadgets.

“Researchers from Kobe University in Japan are claiming they can best that by a wide margin by cracking any WPA-protected connection using the TKIP algorithm within just one minute flat.” – Ross Miller, Engadget

Now that’s scary! I know at work, we’re still using WEP!!! But that’s changing inshallah soon.

A month ago I wrote a post titled “Hospitals going wireless” and just now when I was doing my daily reading on my GoogleReader, Michael from Medgadget reported that Cambridge Consultants will showcase it’s Wireless Asthma Inhaler prototype @ the Respiratory Drug Delivery Europe conference in Lisbon on 19-22 May 2009.

This Asthma Inhaler

“Combines the IEEE11073 standard and the emerging Bluetooth Medical Device Profile, to link devices wirelessly to cell phone networks and the internet … the company will unveil a ‘connected’ asthma inhaler prototype that wirelessly links patients’ use of the device with their doctor and healthcare support. The protocol seems to have a bright future, thanks to its secure transfer of medical data and its reliance on a single affordable chip, specifically designed for the Vena platform. – Michael, Medgadget

[via Medgadget]

Calls for wireless technologies is nothing new; You’ve all probably gotten used to hearing those cries, but in the medical areana, there always have been concerns with medical, and non-medical for that reason, devices transmitting wirelessly and the possibility of interfering with other medical devices in range or close proximity.

Well, so far and in my humble knowldege (including research) there have been no confiremed cases or solid studies that state wireless devices (I’m not talking huge-mega-ultra blasting electromagnetic radiation devices) do interfere with heart-monitors in the ICU for example. And if you come across any, please do enlighten me. This is mainly because of the design specification that the medical and health monitoring devices must adhear to. For example, the FCC requires all medical devices to be well insulated to ensure that other devices’ freqnecies that are close-by wouldn’t interfer with their proper operation.

The dangers here are proprietary technology and price, the one leading to the other. – Dana Blankenhorn, ZDNet Healthcare

Bottom line is that tech companies, especially those interested in “smarter” health care and medical informatics have begun the marathon to utilizing such technology.

“the Gary and Mary West Foundation committed $45 million to create a wireless health institute sponsored by Qualcomm and Scripps, a non-profit community health system. The company invested in CardioNet Inc. (BEAT) as a start-up to develop a remote heart condition monitor. The patient constantly wears a set of wired patches attached near the heart which are hooked into a wireless PDA. The information is then sent to the patient’s doctor.” – Roger Cheng, Dow Jones Newswires

Back in 2008, Medgadget reported “New Wireless Medical Device Interoperability System Unveiled” by Cambridge Consultants. Read their post here.

Go wireless … go go!