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