Such devices could certainly just store data for yearly retrieval at a Physical appointment. Transmission would only be needed during anomalous situations. From there, it's not a stretch to envision preemptive monitor/pacemaker/defibrillator devices being available for anyone with a certain level of risk factors.
I agree. I attend this MTT conference where they explined this and how they planning to implement it in the hospitals. It is pretty slick..temperature/sweat from your body converted into signals via transducers and then goes through network layer to DOC::)
Why is there a requirement for a peak current of 3mA? What's more important is average current. Modern ANT and Bluetooth low energy chips feature peak currents in the 10 to 15mA range but average currents that allow them to run from coin cell batteries for many months. A coin cell can tolerate peak current up to about 20mA so there is plenty of headroom. Plus the range of an ANT or Bluetooth low energy chip can exceed 10 meters, and raw data throughput can be measured in the Mbps range. So these chips can do everything needed for BAN applications, are supplied by several vendors and use proven, interoperable profiles. They can also link seamlessly to iOS and Android powered cellphones which work perfectly as gateways and are already in most consumers' pockets. Is that not this problem solved?
The advantages of remote monitoring of the chronic conditions are clearly mentioned. An efficient system to be selected and to be standardized so that many choices are available like any doctor and any hospital at any place will be able to treat with accuracy.
This is a pretty logical progression. One of the prerequisites is a robust and reliable robo-doc. Not a moving robot, but a piece of software that will interpret all of the sensor data and either diagnose or refer to person to a human doctor. As the system advances, those referrals will become increasingly rare.
Most, if not all, of the technology is available at some level. It needs a lot of refinement and reduction in power consumption, but it's pretty much there, just waiting to be made ready.
BLE nor ANT aren't low enough? Are there any other wireless communications protocols out there which are even more efficient than these?
Is power consumption the real stopper for these applications to become popular?
I think is more important the work done by the Continua alliance to standardized these health and fitness applications. Once the ecosystem is set, the users will come.