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Jacob
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Monitoring elderly peoples
Jacob   11/4/2014 10:42:30 PM
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"The shirt works with HealthWatch's MasterCaution line of products, which use mobile and cloud technology for monitoring and reporting critical health information. That technology makes "telemonitoring" possible, allowing people to go about whatever daily activities they choose without having to be shadowed by someone who is constantly checking up on them."

Ariella, what's the technology behind such monitoring. Is it something based on wearable technology or IoT?

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Ariella   11/17/2014 9:06:03 AM
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@Jacob sorry for the delay in response. I didn't realize this blog posted here. The shirt itself is, of course, a form of wearable, though a washable one! The way the data gets transmitted is either through Bluetooth or WiFi.

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Jacob   11/17/2014 10:51:19 PM
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"sorry for the delay in response. I didn't realize this blog posted here. The shirt itself is, of course, a form of wearable, though a washable one! The way the data gets transmitted is either through Bluetooth or WiFi."

Ariella, thanks for the details. So senor collected datas are transmitting via wifi or Bluetooth. I think both technologies have the limitations; while object is moving. How you are going to address such issues.

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Re: Monitoring elderly peoples
Ariella   11/18/2014 9:03:54 AM
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@Jacob actually, the results are on par with hospital ECG systems. Having seen patients hooked up to such machines in hospitals over days, I can tell you that patients attached for long term monitoring on these things also have some issues. I believe they, too, would benefit from a shirt like this over the traditional tabs put on with adhesive. In the hospital, they have to then carry the pouch that contains the trasnmitter  with them every time they get up from their beds, which is not exactly convenient.  

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Jacob   11/18/2014 10:55:10 PM
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"actually, the results are on par with hospital ECG systems. Having seen patients hooked up to such machines in hospitals over days, I can tell you that patients attached for long term monitoring on these things also have soemissues. I believe they, too, would benefit from a shirt like this over the traditional tabs put on with adhesive. In the hospital, they have to then carry the pouch that contains the trasnmitter  with them every time they get up from their beds, which is not exactly convenient.  "

Ariella, that I understood and it seems that in house also they have to be bedridden while wearing the shirt/jacket.

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Re: Monitoring elderly peoples
Ariella   11/19/2014 8:26:27 AM
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Ariella, that I understood and it seems that in house also they have to be bedridden while wearing the shirt/jacket."

@Jacob not at all! That's the idea; it's designed for active people. The promotional video shows them walking and biking outside. Really, that is not just a matter of convenience but of much better recording and safety, as they can be transmitting signals for a whole day rather than just the snapshot read of a few minutes that one gets from being strapped to a machine at an appointed time.

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Jacob   11/20/2014 11:07:40 PM
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"not at all! That's the idea; it's designed for active people. The promotional video shows them walking and biking outside. Really, that is not just a matter of convenience but of much better recording and safety, as they can be transmitting signals for a whole day rather than just the snapshot read of a few minutes that one gets from being strapped to a machine at an appointed time."

Ariella, for moving peoples how this data transfer can happen; they have to be in the vicinity of wifi range.

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Re: Monitoring elderly peoples
Ariella   11/19/2014 8:26:27 AM
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Ariella, that I understood and it seems that in house also they have to be bedridden while wearing the shirt/jacket."

@Jacob not at all! That's the idea; it's designed for active people. The promotional video shows them walking and biking outside. Really, that is not just a matter of convenience but of much better recording and safety, as they can be transmitting signals for a whole day rather than just the snapshot read of a few minutes that one gets from being strapped to a machine at an appointed time.

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Jacob   11/20/2014 11:09:11 PM
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" they can be transmitting signals for a whole day rather than just the snapshot read of a few minutes that one gets from being strapped to a machine at an appointed time."

Ariella, for moving peoples, what about the power requirements for the monitoring and sending data cross the nearby wifi receiving stations.

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Re: Monitoring elderly peoples
Adeniji Kayode   11/21/2014 3:25:23 PM
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:@jacob, That may be done by the use of a battery. A lithium or other related battery may be used, but then its has to be a power source that allows mobility.

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Jacob   11/23/2014 10:22:34 PM
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"That may be done by the use of a battery. A lithium or other related battery may be used, but then its has to be a power source that allows mobility."

Adeniji, If it's an in house they can use direct plug in power system. I mean without the need of a battery.

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Re: Monitoring elderly peoples
Ariella   11/19/2014 8:26:27 AM
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"
Ariella, that I understood and it seems that in house also they have to be bedridden while wearing the shirt/jacket."

@Jacob not at all! That's the idea; it's designed for active people. The promotional video shows them walking and biking outside. Really, that is not just a matter of convenience but of much better recording and safety, as they can be transmitting signals for a whole day rather than just the snapshot read of a few minutes that one gets from being strapped to a machine at an appointed time.

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Jacob   11/20/2014 11:10:52 PM
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"not at all! That's the idea; it's designed for active people. The promotional video shows them walking and biking outside. "

Ariella, good and its better to have atleast in house mobility. Otherwise peoples may feel that they are bedridden patients.

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Ariella   11/21/2014 10:20:43 AM
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@Jacob yes, you'd need the WiFi or phone signal the work, the same as you would if you want to use your mobile phone. Doubtless, there are areas that are dead zones. However, the shirt will still track a person much more accurately than just a few minutes on an ECG machine would. 

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Re: Monitoring elderly peoples
Jacob   11/23/2014 10:24:36 PM
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"yes, you'd need the WiFi or phone signal the work, the same as you would if you want to use your mobile phone. Doubtless, there are areas that are dead zones. However, the shirt will still track a person much more accurately than just a few minutes on an ECG machine would. "

Ariella, thanks for this clarification. So I understood that even in dead zones, it may continue with the monitoring process and transmitted over wifi, when signals are available. 

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Re: Monitoring elderly peoples
Adeniji Kayode   11/20/2014 3:39:03 AM
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@Ariella, With much power comes more responsibilies, carrying the transmitter around may not be convenient but then monitoring the transmitter to make sure your health is being monitored where and when neccessary is important.if left beyond reach, how would you know if you are being monitored

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Ariella   11/20/2014 8:29:06 AM
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@Adeniji the way this works, the wearer wouldn't be beyond reach, as s/he carries the transmitting device with him/her. The only problem would be going to a place that would intefere with the Bluetooth or WiFi. Still, this is a lot more range than a hospital device ever can offer. 

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Re: Monitoring elderly peoples
Adeniji Kayode   11/20/2014 1:23:22 PM
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@Ariella, I got you on that but can't this be networked into the phone line or signal.This may have a broader coverage.

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Ariella   11/20/2014 2:03:59 PM
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@Adenji It does send signals that way. The main list of features shows:
  • Personal smartphone alerts (Bluetooth)
  • Remote monitoring via Cloud and/or WiFi

The shirt merely has to send the signals. Analysis in real time is handled by the software in the :powerful monitor-and-alert unit unobtrusively located in the shirt's side pocket constantly analyzing actual ECG signals in real-time for cardiac events such as arrhythmias & ischemia automatically generating a local alert." You can visit personal-healthwatch.com to learn more about the technology 

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   11/18/2014 7:48:59 PM
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@ariella, I talked to one designer recently who was working on this type of technology and he brought up washability as well. I hadn't thought of it, but it really is critically important, as is the aesthetics of the design since it is fashion.

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crowded market
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   11/5/2014 8:03:10 PM
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There are so many products coming on the market in this health arena, that it is going to be intereseting to see which one wins out. Microsoft is getting into the act to. This from a recent analyst report:

Software developer Microsoft Corporation recently launched Microsoft Health, its health application and Microsoft Band, its long rumored wearable health and fitness device.

Microsoft Health includes a cloud service for customers to store and put together health and fitness data from various sources to create a more insightful picture. Microsoft Health is not just platform specific but is available as a smart device application too. The app is available for free on Windows Phone, Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

Microsoft Health will also collaborate with UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeep. Taking all these into account, Microsoft Health will enable the software developer to effectively compete against recently-launched health platforms from Google, Samsung and Apple.

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Jacob   11/17/2014 10:58:10 PM
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"Microsoft Health will also collaborate with UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeep. Taking all these into account, Microsoft Health will enable the software developer to effectively compete against recently-launched health platforms from Google, Samsung and Apple."

Hailey, for Microsoft the ultimate aim is business and they want to beat both Google and Apple.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   11/18/2014 7:49:49 PM
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@Jacob do you think Microsoft will beat Google and Apple?

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Re: crowded market
Jacob   11/18/2014 10:56:08 PM
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"do you think Microsoft will beat Google and Apple?"

Hailey, very difficult in near future. I mean i won't happen atleast for next 5-7 years

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Ariella   11/19/2014 8:22:45 AM
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@Hailey yes, these shirts are described as washable in the machine on a warm cycle for up to 50 washes.

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Hailey Lynne McKeefry   11/19/2014 7:17:44 PM
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@Ariella, it's a good start, but i think the fabrics will have to become more robust if its really going to catch on. That's only  a year with a weekly washing which seems conservative for me.

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Ariella   11/19/2014 7:55:29 PM
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@Hailey that's true, but really most clothes today don't withstand more than that. In that case, the fabric itself tends to pill and tear, though for these shirts I believe its really a matter of too much trauma on the sensors after 50 washes. 

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Re: crowded market
Adeniji Kayode   11/20/2014 3:27:30 AM
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@jacob, The business might not be bad as long as they are solving a problem

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Jacob   11/20/2014 11:13:24 PM
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"The business might not be bad as long as they are solving a problem"

Adeniji, its al depends upon convenience of peoples. Such medical diagnostic centers are there in all most all hospitals and every corner of the street. But peoples won't like to walk in to such centers; they need to be monitored by in-house on their own convenience and that's the business point.



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