Telemedicine

Mobile phones monitor the health data of Indian patients

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Loughborough University engineers of UK have partnership with experts of India to develop unique mobile phone health monitoring system in India. The University has tied up with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Aligarh Muslim University to develop the system. Professor Bryan Woodward and Dr Fadlee Rasid from the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the Loughborough University have developed the mobile phone monitoring system. The UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) has awarded Professor Woodward to develop the mobile phone monitoring system.   The device has small sensors and mini-processors, which would be able to acquire bio-medical data from patients. The network of sensors would be linked through a modem to mobile networks and the Internet, and to a hospital computer. Then, doctors can use this device to remotely monitor patients suffering from chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes, which affect millions of people across the world. It can also transfer the signals, including the ECG, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and blood glucose level.   The UK government will promote the device to improve the efficiency of health care delivery. In India, the project will link clinics and regional hospitals of rural areas to hospitals of city and centres. Indian Government is encouraging the integration of new and existing networks to spread the device in rural areas of the country. The clinical trials of the system will take place in the UK and India in next three years.

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