U.S. mobile operator AT & T is partnering with RPM company Smart Meter to offer customer-friendly IoT solutions for monitoring chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Diabetes and high blood pressure – a widespread disease
Diseases of the metabolic system caused by civilization are increasingly becoming the leading causes of death in the USA. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is already in second place, and diabetes in seventh. The most problematic aspects of these diseases are their consequences in the form of heart damage and strokes. The main reason for the high death rates among these conditions is the time factor. If acutely endangered people do not receive fast and competent help within a very short time, there is usually little that can be done to help them afterwards. Internet of Things (IoT) technology could provide a remedy.
Bluetooth measurements: cumbersome and inaccurate
The main problem with previous solutions was that they were cumbersome. In most cases, Bluetooth-enabled RPM devices required additional software to be installed. The data then generated required subsequent pairing with additional devices in order to be transmitted to the service providers and physicians providing care. The associated technical complexity deterred many users from further use and thus increased the susceptibility to errors. Today, with the expansion of the mobile network, the increasing prevalence of smartphones, and the advance of the IoT, these services can be made far more user-friendly. In most cases, customers no longer even notice the constant measurements and their transmissions.
Smart meters: IoT for greater safety
Smart Meter, a data and technology company is developing remote patient monitoring (RPM) solutions for various healthcare industries, enabling better control of vulnerable patients than before. Its portfolio includes IGlucose, a networked device for monitoring people who have diabetes. IBloodPressure helps doctors and hypertension patients keep track of levels. Iscale provides a networked way to monitor body weight. And IpulseOx measures oxygen saturation in the blood.
Mobile IoT better than conventional solutions
According to the company, seamless, mobile-based monitoring improves the health of cardiovascular patients by up to 88 percent and that of diabetics by 84 percent. This is made possible by the high degree of networking of the analysis devices and their comparatively simple use. This last point in particular seems to be crucial to the success of the technology. The less effort patients have to make to integrate the measurement functions into their everyday lives and the more they are linked to already established uses, the more consistently they are used. And it is precisely this continuity that is crucial when it comes to timely help in emergency situations.