10/13/08 Health and Technology
Diseases such as diabetes or heart related problems often require for patients to maintain a strict daily routine in which they are to perform a series of exercises or take different pills at different hours throughout the day. For people with busy lives and older patients it is not always easy to remember such routines, what pills to take or how to take them, consequently compromising their own health.
Companies such as Zume Life in San Jose, California are dedicated to create innovative technological systems to help patients take better care of their own health. A device called Zuri for example is being developed that works as an automatic reminder that “prompts users to take their pills on schedule and to keep track of health-related matters like diet and exercise”.
This system also automatically updates patients’ information to a web site that shows graphs and tables of health activities.
Other companies such as Microsoft (www.healthvault.com) are also developing similar tools that allow for patients to upload information to web site databases about their health routines directly from devices such as blood pressure monitors, heart rate monitors and even weight scales. This information can then be retrieved by doctors or nurses from the web sites facilitating interaction between the patient and the care-givers.
The only main concern about these new technologies is the fact that some people might not be interested in sharing their health information online however according to David Lansky, president and chief executive of the Pacific Business Group on Health, “people will use the new sites being developed by Google, Microsoft and others as they now use online tools to manage their finances, travel and shopping”
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