Telemedicine monitoring mainly uses the Internet of Things (IoT) technology to build a patient-centric, remote consultation and continuous monitoring service system based on critically ill patients. Telemedicine monitoring technology was originally designed to reduce the number of patients entering hospitals and clinics.
According to a 2005 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 50% of Americans have at least one kind of chronic disease. Their treatment costs account for more than three-quarters of the nation’s 2 trillion medical expenditures. In addition to the high cost of high-tech treatment and surgery, the costs on routine checks, laboratory tests and other monitoring services are roughly billions of dollars.
With the advancement of telemedicine technology, sophisticated sensors have been able to achieve effective communication within the range of patient’s body-area. The focus of telemedicine monitoring has gradually shifted from improving lifestyles to providing lifesaving information on time and exchange medical programs.
Computer scientists at the University of Adelaide are leading a project to develop new RFID sensor systems that sure older people stay independent and secure. Researchers use RFID sensor technology to automatically identify and monitor people’s activities. Being able to identify individuals for their routine maintenance and providing timely assistance in times of danger have enormous potential value in an aging population.
The system has low input costs, no privacy issues and intensive monitoring and control. And the monitored persons (the elderly) do not need to wear additional items.