Telemedicine

Mobile phone monitors health

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UK based Leeds University has developed a mobile phone, which will measure a patient’s vital signs and also deliver the results straight to the GPs. The prototype mobile phone will allow patients to monitor their own health and receive advice from experts. The next generation mobile phone has a Bluetooth connection, which will ‘talk’ with wireless devices attached to a patient and take measurements like vital signs, glucose levels or blood pressure. Even users can see more detailed information by connecting through a website. This new technology will reduce the cost of monitoring and improv clinical outcomes. The main application of the device is to help patients who are suffering from chronic conditions to take control of their own health. Patients would also be able to use the phone to track their own health progress, by manually entering nutrition-related data or by taking psychological tests on the phone.

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