One of the most exciting realms in the interconnected world of the Internet of Things is the medical field. Wireless technology in medicine will enable remote patient monitoring, medical dosages being monitored and administered in real-time based on up-to-the minute needs, and reduced risk of infection and other problems often caused by the use of cables and wires in sterile operating environments.
A diabetes patient that today needs to drive to a clinic to have his blood sugar monitored to ensure his insulin dosage is meeting his needs, will be able to have his levels monitored remotely by his diabetic pump connecting via Bluetooth to a smartphone that can transmit the results to his physician. Levels can be adjusted up or down remotely and any problems detected…all without having to drive (perhaps many miles) to a physician. This will enable a new found freedom of movement and allow the patient to live a much more normal life.
Improving & Saving Lives with Wireless Technologies
LitePoint® technology verifies and calibrates the most used technologies in wireless medical and continues to develop test solutions for new wireless technologies. Wireless technologies in medicine today:
- 2G/3G/4G/LTE – Enables medical devices to perform continuous monitoring of patient’s health data while allowing the patient to be truly mobile
- Bluetooth & Bluetooth Low Energy – Used for connecting medical devices to smart devices and transmitting data over short distances
- NFC – Used for taking patient readings from a medical device to a tablet or hand-held data collection device
- Wi-Fi – The Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac, which enables high-bandwidth devices to go wireless, could allow doctors to run an electrocardiogram wirelessly or connect the EKG machine to the Internet