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Transforming Medicine via Digital Innovation

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Science Translational Medicine  27 Jan 2010:
Vol. 2, Issue 16, pp. 16cm4
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3000484


  • Fig. 1. Airstrip Technologies remote continuous vital sign monitoring via the iPhone.

    This software delivers real-time data about the vital signs (including blood pressure, heart rhythm and rate, blood oxygen level, and body temperature) of any patient who is in a hospital intensive care unit to a doctor’s or nurse’s smart phone.

    CREDIT: Image courtesy of AirStrip Technologies


  • Table 1. Top 10 targets for wireless medicine.

    BP, blood pressure; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; FEV1, forced expiratory volume in 1 s; RR, respiratory rate.

    DiseaseNumber affected (millions) in United StatesMetrics potentially measured by wireless devices
    Alzheimer’s disease5Vital signs, patient’s location, activity, balance
    Asthma23RR, FEV1, blood oxygen level, air quality, pollen count
    Breast cancer3Presence of a suspicious mass, as detected by ultrasound self-exam
    COPD10RR, FEV1, blood oxygen level, air quality
    Depression21Medication compliance, activity, communication
    Diabetes24Blood glucose levels, calories ingested and expended
    Heart failure5Cardiac pressures, body weight, BP, fluid status
    Hypertension74Continuous BP, medication compliance
    Obesity80Weight, blood glucose levels, calorie intake and output, activity
    Sleep disorders40Sleep phases, sleep quality, RR, apnea, vital signs, blood oxygen level, heart rhythm

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