Wireless devices have permeated the medical arena with a wide range of capabilities. Not only improving the quality of life of patients and doctor-patient efficiency, wireless technology enables clinicians to monitor patients remotely and give them timely health information, reminders and support – potentially extending the reach of health care by making it available anywhere, anytime.
With a number of advantages over wired alternatives, including: ease of use, reduced risk of infection, reduced risk of failure, mobility enhancement and low cost of care delivery, wireless applications are creating exciting possibilities in the medical market.
Portable devices such as heart rate monitors, pulse oximeters and blood pressure monitors are essential instruments in intensive care. Traditionally, the sensors for these instruments are attached to the patient by wires; and the patient sequentially becomes bed-bound.
Today, patients are being liberated from instrumentation and bed by wireless technology. These wireless devices are communicating with a gateway that connects to the medical center's network and transmitting data to health data stores for monitoring, control or evaluating in real time.
With the existence of large-scale wireless network and mobile computing solutions such as cellular 3G and beyond, WiFi mesh and WiMAX, caregivers can access into vital information anywhere and at any time within the healthcare networks. RFID, Bluetooth, ZigBee and wireless sensor networks are all providing data transmission for medical applications.
Implantable devices such as cochlear implants, pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators and pumps require sensors and wireless to solve performance, power, size, and reliability challenges. Spectrant supports technologies that address these implantable design requirements either directly with OEM's or through contract manufacturers.