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Ericsson unveils healthy monitoring solutions

With an aging population putting strain on healthcare systems around the world, telecoms vendor Ericsson is hoping to reveal how technology can make a difference at this year's GULFCOMMS event

Ericsson unveils healthy monitoring solutions
HERZOG: System can monitor illness.

With an aging population putting strain on healthcare systems around the world, telecoms vendor Ericsson is hoping to reveal how technology can make a difference at this year's GULFCOMMS event.

The company, which is demonstrating its mobile health solutions at Etisalat's stand in Zabeel Hall, has developed an innovative product that allows for the remote real-time monitoring of individuals' blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation in the blood, lung function, ECG and even blood glucose level. The product, which has already been through two trials in Europe and is expected to launch commercially in the first quarter of 2010, is likely to be used initially with patients who have just left hospital but still require monitoring.

The device, which monitors the patient's health through a wrist strap and finger pad, sends information via GPRS/UMTS for analysis at a central location. For Rainer Herzog, Director Strategy & Business Development E-health for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, the benefits of the system are numerous. He says that the system can save time and money by taking away the need for patients to visit hospital as frequently. It also enhances the patients' well being by helping them feel more secure.

"The aging population provides a very big market," Herzog says, adding that common but serious health problems such as diabetes can be addressed by the device. In the coming years, the system could also be modified to benefit far more people with a view to preventing serious illnesses from developing in the first place.

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