A new low-cost and portable tele-electro cardiogram (ECG) system has been developed by the scientists of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). The system can be controlled by mobile phone with the help of a Bluetooth connection. The device will be helpful for cardiac patients residing in rural or remote areas as patients need not to go to hospitals for routine checkup. This new machine reduces the load on the resources of hospitals. The system can be connected to a laptop or personal computer. Telemedicine benefits all branches of medicine and surgery, but cardiology needs special attention due to its higher incidence and risks. Doctors, electronic engineers and representatives from medical electronics industries were invited by the BARC for a panel discussion on February 4.

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