Medicine and Mobile technology come together in the BlackBerry phones now. In what can be termed as a breakthrough in mobile technology. ECG reports can be accessed on the BlackBerry through Vodafone’s network. This is made possible by the implementation on eUNO R 10 technology. This development is seen as a strengthening factor in the tele-medicine field for which networking and access are the lifelines.
Blackberry and Vodafone’s collaborated effort was recently unveiled at Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital. The access of ECG reports over Blackberry has paved new pathways in Tele-medicine. Now doctors need not rush to the ECG monitors to check the reports but can access the same in the Blackberry. Not only would this tele-medicine service act as a time saver but also a life saver.
“Knowing the symptoms of heart attack and seeking immediate medical attention is essential to prevent death, while appropriate treatment instituted within the first hour the golden hour can limit the damage to the heart,” said Dr Pavan Kumar, Head of Tele-medicine Department, Nanavati Hospital outlining the importance of this facility.
It is however worth noting that this is not the first attempt towards access of ECG reports over the mobile network. The earlier facilities developed by Research-In-Motion on similar lines did not prove to be accurate enough to ensure faster treatment. The eUNO R 10 technology however has been developed keeping factors such as ease of operation, cost effectiveness, reliability and data transmission in mind.
The product scores over its earlier version by bringing detailed accurate ECG diagram at the doctor’s fingertips even from a distance. This technology coupled with Blackberry’s push to email function and Vodafone’s remarkable network capabilities has hit the right notes. With eUNO R10, the patient can now have faster access to the doctor’s services and can expect a faster response as well. Blackberry and Vodafone are keen to extend this facility to other hospitals across India as well. The facility comes with a tie up with Maestros Mediline Systems (Maestros), a medical equipment manufacturer. This would enable effective distribution of the service on a larger scale.