Devices like iPhones have more powerful processors than many computers still in use in the health industry. This means that they can not only collect data from sensors and transmit it, but they can also interpret it, process it and log it.
The implications of this are many. Drug companies, insurance companies and health boards can get significant research data on patients. Tele-medicine for people with chronic conditions can be enhanced with personal sensors. The costs of these sensors will be dramatically reduced because they can be mass produced and the implications for medical insurance companies, Accident & Emergency Centres and hospitals will be significant.
Imersia intends to be involved in some of these programs and can add real value in terms of location based analytics, including context and profile, shared data from non-personal sensors such as local temperature, pollen count, humidity, gases and more, which can be combined with information on people. For example if bronchial inhalers are used by multiple people in a particular area and those inhalers are connected to their smartphones, we can identify not only the number of people in the area using their inhalers, but combine that with local environmental sensors. The results of this data could be invaluable for research, but also could be used to advise people with asthma to avoid that area for the time being.
That is just one example. Sensors already connecting to iPhones include thermometer, gas detector, stethoscope (over 3 million have already been purchased by health professionals) , and diabetes management systems which include a glucose meter that can not only identify your glucose and carbohydrate levels within 6 seconds, but can even transmit that information to your GP or specialist if required.
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