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Health Monitoring Overview

written by: MandaSpring • edited by: Anurag Ghosh • updated: 12/5/2008

The need for health monitoring systems is growing due to chronic illnesses, disease and the number seniors being on the rise. Learn more about health monitoring and how it is helping insure the protection of patients.

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    The health care industry has come a long ways since the family doctor made his rounds with a horse and buggy. Today’s patient/doctor relationship is changing as quick as the technology is developed to meet the needs of both patients who are living longer and doctors who have a large number of patients in their care. It isn’t always possible for an elderly person to get to their doctor at the first sign of something not feeling right. Often the immediate symptoms don’t seem important to the patient but a doctor can spot trouble quickly enough to start treatment before real trouble can arise. Health monitoring will provide the physician with real time information to insure that treatment can begin as quickly as possible.

    Companies and What They Offer

    Medtronic, General Electric, and Philips Medical Systems; technology experts Intel and Cisco Systems electronics giants Samsung, Motorola Panasonic and health care providers like as Kaiser Permanente and Partners Health care, are among the 22 companies that are combining their technology and expertise to create health monitoring as a new way of treating patients. By mixing technology and medicine, the future can be a lot brighter for many patients who need monitoring, but not round the clock nursing care.

    Health Care Technology

    "We are talking about the continuum of life. We want to help people manage their health care in a better way," explained David Whitlinger, director of health care device standards at Intel and the chairman of the board of directors of Continua Health Alliance, when asked how effective the health monitoring systems would work. More than a billion people, all over the world, are overweight and should have their blood pressure monitored for their safety.

    The population of senior citizens is growing and there are 860 million people with serious medical problems, including chronic diseases and conditions that need health monitoring according to an article on Continua Health Alliance is developing ways to monitor patients in their homes with cameras, wristwatches that report heart rates and blood pressure, and other communication devices that keep the doctor appraised of the patients condition at all times, lessening the need for emergency room or office visits.

    Health Monitoring Overview

    Combining entertainment technology with medical technology is the wave of the future when it comes to saving lives and insuring the protection of elderly and ill patients. They can be close enough for assistance while being able to live without someone watching them every minute. A change in blood pressure can be detected, a fall can be seen, and the appropriate measures taken with health monitoring to insure that the patient will have whatever help they need, immediately.