Essay on Mobile Technology in Monitoring Patient Vital Signs

1914 Words Dec 7th, 2012 8 Pages
Oluwadamilola O. Adeyemi
Dr. Msthali
CIS 500
November 16, 2012

In comparing and contrasting using mobile technology to the ageless standard of in patient visits and all the procedures handled within the office or hospital setting, vital signs have been measured frequently to access the condition of a patient. Since the days of Florence Nightingale who is the mother of nursing, the standard in health care has been that taking the patients vital signs has always been a hands on in person experience. This at many times has caused days of agony and drudgery as you would deal with the discomfort of having to sit for hours upon hours in an office field with coughing, sneezing, hacking, wheezing and nauseous individuals. Each
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The act of taking vital signs normally entails recording body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate, but may also include other measurements.
The introduction of mobile computing has changed the way information and data is being accessed and distributed in ways that have not been seen before. Patients are now able to use their Smart phone to have access to applications that play a vital role in their daily lives. A UK firm named e-San, developed a phone based self monitoring system for people with diabetes. For the past 25 years, Professor Lionel Tarassenko, chair of electrical engineering at Oxford University, has been working on applications for healthcare and technology and he co-founded e-San, with the purpose of having this company to commercialize and market his ideas. This technology is called “think positive diabetes” or “t+ diabetes” and it is the brainchild of Professor Tarassenko. The t+ system uses a standard glucose meter linked via a Blue tooth connection to a GPRS enabled mobile phone therefore attracting several hundred users. When a patient tests their glucose level, the reading is automatically sent to the phone via the Blue tooth connection. They can now confirm their information about diet, exercise and general health via the phone’s keypad. The phone then sends the data to e-San’s computer warehouse. Within a matter of minutes, the computer sends back a graph showing patients how well they

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