Technological advancements are taking the healthcare field to an advanced era, blurring the lines between traditional engineering and medical science. Owing to the advancements in the medical machines and the computers, the medical device industry is making medical practice easier for doctors, more effective for patients, and cheaper for the entire healthcare system. There is an extra care now being put on consumer-focused technology, which is a sweeping change.
There are many wireless wonders making their foray into the medical world, like the wireless pulse oximeter. One of the most widely used devices for hospital patient monitoring for decades, the pulse oximeters are clipped on a patient’s fingertip to measure levels of oxygen saturation in the blood – a critical measurement for anaesthetized hospital patients during surgery and intensive care for decades. In 2018, the global market for these devices reached $1.3 billion. Remote monitoring of pulse oximetry measurements is a valuable way for doctors to keep in touch with their patients without the hassle of a clinic visit for conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleep apnea, and a range of cardiovascular diseases.
In the Consumer Electronics’ Show 2017, two new wireless personal pulse oximetry devices were introduced. The first one was called MyOxy monitor and is a Bluetooth-based device that integrates oxygen saturation with other patient measurements such as temperature and blood pressure into one smartphone or tablet app. The second one was called MightySat and can rack a patient’s results from patients while they are in motion, reportedly a first for a fingertip oximeter designed for home use.