There are already more than 40 million
Bluetooth® enabled home and professional healthcare devices on the market from leading manufacturers like 3M, A&D, Nonin and Omron. With Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth Smart Ready devices exploding on the market, soon there will be millions more.
Analyst research firm IMS estimates that by 2013, 1 billion Bluetooth Smart devices will be sold every year – by far the fastest adoption rate of any wireless technology. Increasing awareness of the benefits of a healthy, independent lifestyle will create a booming market for devices that permit people to monitor their health in the comfort of their home.
Helping to fuel this proliferation of devices is the growth of Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) and Medical Body Area Networks (MBAN). RPMs are wearable sensors that collect information and send it directly to the doctor.
Bluetooth technology is the ideal wireless technology for connected health and fitness devices because it’s simple, secure and everywhere. Wireless body sensors offer many benefits like reduced risk of infection, less clinical errors and reduced cost of patient monitoring.
Here are a few examples of the latest medical and health products that Bluetooth SIG members are already making, with a peek at what’s coming next.
With the 3M Littmann® Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200, your physician focuses on listening to your heart while the stethoscope sends your information wirelessly to a PC, laptop or mobile device.
Glucose meters track your daily glucose levels and send the information directly to your device, or doctor automatically keeping your records up to date.
The Onyx II wireless pulse oximeter from Nonin lets you monitor your pulse and heart rate by inserting a fingertip into the device, without tethering you to one spot.
Stream health data to you or your physicians device directly from your Bluetooth enabled medical device. There are fewer chances of human error when the devices talk directly with each other.
Update your medical data while on the go. Body sensors, heart monitors, and other wireless devices can automatically sync your data even when you aren't near your computer.