A REMOTE DEVICE THAT KEEPS AN EYE ON YOUR HEART
BENGALURU: Businessman Nikhil Desai, 28, recently gifted a remote health-monitoring device to his 63-year-old diabetic dad, a retired police officer. The device monitors the senior citizen’s sugar levels, ECG and heart rate and saves to the cloud the findings through a paired app. A panel of doctors keeps round-the-clock watch on the device users and arranges, if needed, consultation or emergency help for the subscribers.“Earlier, I’d be always concerned about my dad’s health. With this device, he is being monitored and can reach out to experts from home. He doesn’t have to take the trouble of fixing an appointment with the doctor,” says Nikhil.Nikhil, a secondary user himself, measures his own vital parameters after his visit to the gym every day. It gives him the confidence that everything is fine.
Known as BPL Lifephone+ and manufactured by BPL Medical Technologies in collaboration with Intel, the mHealth technology consists of a hand-held cardio-diabetic wellness monitoring device with cloud-based electronic medical record (EMR) and 24/7 m-consult services integrated into it. It measures 12 lead ECG & heart rate in 48 seconds, blood glucose in five seconds and monitors physical activity through an intelligent built-in pedometer. Said Dr Karthik Anantharaman, chief medical officer, BPL Medical Technologies Private Limited: “Routine monitoring is a must for cardio-diabetics, but the effort it takes to seek appointments and travel to see the doctor for check-up is a deterrent. The device helps such patients who need monitoring from the comforts of their home or office. The doctor can easily look at the ECG on his/her phone or computer and connect with the patient instantly.” “The technology provides an option to have a back-up doctor in case the primary doctor isn’t available. This novel hand-held device can be used on an smartphone and weighs only 70gm. Secured cloud-based medical record storage with 99.99% server uptime is guaranteed,” added Dr Karthik. “Heart conditions build up over a period of time. By using this device, a normal person can nip any such condition in the bud. The device was introduced in India last year and is useful for the rural population, and at health camps/community outreach programmes,” said Chris Thomas, founder of wellatheart.com, a one-stop cardio portal to help patients with heart disputes.
Syncope (temporary loss of consciousness caused by a fall in blood pressure) is quite common among paediatric patients aged 10 to 18 years. The condition can be detected using the device. It’s a useful tool to mark high/low or abnormal heart rate which might be precipitating the syncopal attack. It can also be used as an ECG monitor for adults and children in remote areas for quick and trouble-free consultancy with a doctor
Dr Shreesha Maiya | consultant paediatric interventional cardiologist, Narayana Institute of Cardiac Science