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16.11.2015, 15:27   Various

Life-saving Wearables: Latest Update

Healthcare IT is developing at rather fast pace these days; and important role in this development is played by wearable devices. While wearables are used now almost in all spheres of our lives – little is known about HOW wearables  SAVE THE LIVES. In this short post, we are providing some references to the latest media reports.

We start with a rather detailed post in IoT Tech News regarding search and rescue efforts:

Saving lives with IoT: Streamlining search and rescue efforts using LTE technology

By Eran Eshed 27 October 2015

… example … is wearable technology, which can track adventurers’ locations and measure injuries. If search and rescue teams were able to more effectively utilise the Internet of Things (IoT) and connect to users’ wearables, then their efforts could become drastically more effective.
Here are just three ways in which LTE-enabled IoT technology can assist search and rescue teams in more effectively responding to emergencies and saving lives:
Wearables
Wearables have become increasingly popular in such industries as healthcare, to track critical patient data, and extreme sports, to gather performance-related stats. Additionally, wearables with inbuilt GPS trackers are often utilised by parents to track the whereabouts of their children. The connection is often enabled through an RFID (radio frequency identification) chip that connects the parent’s mobile app to a network, allowing him or her to find the lost child — as long as the child is within the local vicinity. This very same technology could be employed by hikers, skiers and snowboarders. … This sort of tracking would require a stronger connection with the support of LTE chipsets and an LTE network. These would be able to track and locate a lost adventurer over many miles and with superior accuracy, greater improving survival rates.
Utilising connectivity
The beauty of the IoT goes far beyond merely connecting people to devices. Through the IoT, devices are able to communicate with each other and reach intelligent conclusions on how to improve everyday life. For example, if a businessman were to have a meeting pushed back, his digital calendar could prompt his alarm clock to allow him extra sleep. This function could be used to improve search and rescue efforts as well.
Mountains could be equipped with sensors that measure snow depth and temperature, assisting in the prediction of avalanches. If these sensors were able to communicate with wearables donned by skiers and snowboarders, then alerts could be sent out in real-time warning individuals about dangerous conditions. Furthermore, if an avalanche were to occur, mountain sensors could relay the incident to the users’ wearables, which in turn could relay the message to the closest search and rescue team.
Victim assessment
When an incident occurs such as an avalanche or rockslide, advance notice of the victim’s condition to search and rescue teams can improve the outcome significantly. If devices, similar to Black Box Biometrics’ impact readers, were to be used by hikers and extreme athletes then, depending on the nature of the injury, the status of any injuries they incur could be measured.
A coin-sized sensor is able to measure acceleration and pressure, and use those readings to determine if the impact was dangerous and the extent of probable injuries. This data could then be sent, through the user’s wearable device, to search and rescue teams so they are aware of any serious injuries, such as a concussion, to better prepare treatment for the victim upon his or her retrieval. This can include having the proper medical equipment or requesting the services of other emergency responders such as EMS techs and paramedics. In order to effectively send signals to the appropriate responders, these devices need to have an extremely strong connection to a reliable LTE network.
Read the full story HERE

A very informative Web resource is maintained by the Vigyanix Group, California.  Here is a detailed story on the subject from Vigyanix Blog:
Worry Less, Live More: Wearables Delivering Primary, Preventive, and Personalized Care


… Smart watches that can track your steps and monitor your run; contact lenses that are built to measure glucose levels in tears; wearable patches that can detect all sorts of environmental hazards, like UV radiation and toxic gases; an air bag that can be worn on your wrist to save you from drowning. Sound like the next episode of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
First Generation
Smart Bands and Trackers:
Second Generation
Smartwatches for Serious Diseases
Wearable Airbag on your Wrist:

Besides a smartwatch, there is another device that you can wear on your wrist, which can potentially save your life. “Kingii”, a wrist-worn airbag, is the smallest inflatable device that impedes drowning.
 Stretchy Patches for Cancer Prevention:
Engineers at the RMIT University in Australia are working on patches that can detect environmental hazards, like UV radiation, and potentially prevent skin cancer. In addition, these patches can detect toxic gases, which are often responsible for lung cancer, asthma attacks, and other respiratory problems.
Foot Friendly Technology Technology:
French company “Digitsole” has come up with a new heated insole that can be controlled by an app and alleviate the suffering of people with poor circulation in their feet. Additionally, these insoles are capable of tracking steps and calories so that the wearer remains fit and light-footed.

Read the full story HERE

The Vigyanix Group has a nice set of Infographics on the site, some of them are
  • Why Wearable Technology is the Future in Personalized Medicine [Infographic]
  • Why Big Data Means Big Things for Healthcare? [Infographic]
  • How Digital Health is Affecting Doctor-Patient Relationship [Infographic]
  • Twitter & Healthcare: Conversations, Communities, and Care [Infographic]

A very real story how Apple Watch saved the life of a teen was reported by MacRumors:

Teen Receives Call From Tim Cook, iPhone, and Apple Internship After Apple Watch Saves His Life
September 22, 2015  by Mitchel Broussard
… Apple Watch apps … could help doctors keep track of patients and even read the heartbeat of a baby still in its mother's womb.
Paul Houle Jr., a 17-year-old Tabor Academy senior in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, discovered after practice one day that he had pain in his chest and back when taking deep breaths, along with a rapid heart rate.
    “After practice I went and took a nap, my heart rate was still at 145.” He went to the hospital, where he learned he had heart, liver and kidney failure, which could have been fatal if not for his watch. “If my Apple Watch hadn’t shown me it was 145, I would have done nothing about it.”
Read the full story HERE

Now, let us have a look at some life-saving gadgets:

Athena personal security wearable aims to keep women safe after dark

Athena aims to keep women safe after dark
Wednesday October 21, 2015
The device is a pendent that can be worn as a necklace or clipped to any item of clothing. It's reminiscent of the Misfit Shine or Jawbone UP Move fitness trackers – but this device does more than track steps. It can save a life.
Activated by holding the button for three seconds, Athena sounds an 85db alarm – the same decibel level as a freight train– and sends a message to pre-determined friends and family automatically. Your chosen contacts will get a map showing your location, directions and the opportunity to call you or 911.
Read the full story HERE

Stiletto: The Ultimate Lifestyle / Security Wearable!
Protects your phone and other valuables from theft, receives text, call, Uber and other alerts, and speaks to 911 for you, even when you can't
There are plenty of fancy wearable devices on the market. Not all of them allow you to get in touch with your loved ones or call 911 when you are in trouble. Stiletto is a different story. It looks like a piece of jewelry and lets you send alerts in a discreet fashion. It will be available in multiple styles and measures less than 1″ x 1″.
The device has a high-fidelity omni-directional microphone, vibration motor and alert speaker. It also has a rechargeable battery with one week of battery life. Here is what you get:
  •     Bluetooth
  •     Microphone
  •     Voice assistance
  •     Instant 911
  •     audio alerts
  •     vibratory alerts
  •     rechargeable battery
  •     water resistant design
  •     route planning
  •     WiFi assisted locator

Illumiti and Vandrico Launch MineSafe Smartwatch Running on the SAP HANA Platform
November 9, 2015

The MineSafe Smartwatch is a tool to help miners identify and respond to potentially dangerous issues. The watch enables real-time communication between miners underground and their support team on the surface. Using real-time data and analysis software, mining companies can quickly identify and predict potential hazards, notify employees of dangerous situations, identify worker locations in an emergency, and provide safety guidance to workers in an automated fashion.
  •     Worker location tracking:  Tracks individual worker locations and enables regular check-ins.
  •     Real-time incident reporting:  Enables miners to report any injuries or safety incidents in real time to operators at the surface who can take immediate action.
  •     Proactive real time communications:  Automatically send safety procedures to workers step by step – and record whether or not procedures were followed.
  •     Automatic alerts: Using sensors set up within the mine, detects potentially hazardous conditions resulting from gas leaks, smoke or seismic movements and provides immediate alerts to workers in the danger zone through audible, visual and vibrating alarms.
Among the greatest benefits of MineSafe is the ability to facilitate distress calls.
READ THE FULL STORY HERE
16.11.2015, 15:27   Various
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