It will not be surprising if insurance companies mandate that their policyholders have some form of home monitoring system like this in the future to ensure that they get the medical attention they need in time.
Chris - http://americanvisitorinsurance.com
Regarding medical grade technologies, safety should be a major concern. No doubt. Freescale has introduced the home health hub reference platform as just that - a reference platform. This is an important clarification. Freescale has not introduced this as a medical end product. As designed and intended, enabled by our i.MX28 processor and wireless technologies, the Home Health Hub Reference Platform is a tool to assist and speed medical device development for our current and potential customers. This platform as released has 4 radios included for example. We really expect our customers to BOM optimize the system for their use, potentially employing one or maybe two radios within the actual end product. Likewise, we would expect our customers to employ appropriate functionality and safeguards as they normally would in any medical or healthcare application. Freescale is not a medical OEM, but a semiconductor supplier providing additional value well beyond supplying ICs.
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"Dirty data" is especially dangerous without contextual information. Zero heartbeat, blood pressure, or respiration is cause for immediate alarm - unless the patient is still standing and talking to you. In that case, perhaps the sensor wire disconnected or the battery failed. As a minimum, there should be a means for the patient to override a false alarm. [The same issues apply to false alarms from security alarms on buildings and stock trading algorithms that take action on every data glitch in the data feed.]
My concern is an assumption of medical grade reliability from non-medical grade technologies, leading to patient incidents. Our organization has deployed som health hubs and have experienced two major failures, one of which left a patient unconcious with no access to emergency services.
Medical is a great market to be in for the future as us baby boomers age. It just makes me wonder if all these advancements will increase or decrease the cost of care. It's obvious that we can't afford the price tag.
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