A Danish consortium is developing an electronic patch which can help chronically ill and heart disease patients to monitor their condition and improve their life quality. The consortium, Electronic Patch, comprises Delta, Coloplast, RTX Healthcare, Systematic Silicide, SOS International, the Department of Micro and Nanotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark, and the Center for Sensory Motor Interaction at Aalborg University.
The electronic patch can monitor heart rate, body temperature, respiration levels and oxygen concentration in blood. Jens Branebjerg, chairman of the consortium says: "What is revolutionary about it is that people can measure themselves at times when it is most critical, for example when a heart disease patient is out shovelling snow."
The plan is that data collected by sensors in the patch is processed by embedded electronics, which then send it on to a gateway for further transmission to a PC where it can be stored in an electronic medical record. Data can also be sent directly to doctors in acute situations.
Over the next couple of years, the consortium aims to develop various wireless sensors and put the infrastructure in place. The news was reported by professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer).