Healthcare

There is an expanding market for mobile healthcare monitoring devices, not only for medical use but also for personal healthcare monitoring, used for example by athletes and sports enthusiasts during training.

Using medical wireless devices for checking medication delivery & control, vital parameter monitoring and analysis, in hospitals and care centres could represent significant cost savings. Streaming vital data from a patient straight to a central control could minimise the need for frequent doctor visits whilst still maintaining constant monitoring of the patient.

Likewise, those patients convalescing at home could be monitored remotely and constantly with wireless monitoring devices.

Wireless technology can also be used in hospitals to track patients as a security measure using a wrist band, new born babies in a maternity unit for example.

Remote monitoring and communication devices can also be used to support the elderly who need care and assistance but still want the independence of living in their own homes. With many people having to care for their elderly parents whilst still working and looking after their young families, there is a growing need for technology to monitor and therefore support the elderly remotely.

There is a trend sweeping the sports and fitness industry for using performance monitoring devices and sensors, not only by sports professionals but also keep fit enthusiasts. These range from anything from heart rate and blood pressure monitors to speed and distance sensors. They are usually devices that strap on to the body in the style of a wrist, ankle or arm band but could also form part of a training shoe. These devices can be used to stream data back to a host of devices like mobile phones or PCs. Data that can then be used to monitor health whilst training or to devise a training program to improve performance. Users can also connect wirelessly to gym equipment whilst working out, to monitor performance.