Saturday, September 09, 2006

Remote medical monitoring

The New York Times has published an article on remote medical monitoring. The article gives examples of patients who remain at home and are monitored by doctors. Wireless connectivity would allow similar monitoring outside the home. While there are technical problems to be overcome, the greatest difficulties facing this and many other applications are with the people "system" around them. Why might doctors, hospitals, and medical instrument makers resist this sort of application? Could this technology empower people to better manage their own health care?