Mobile Phones for Health Monitoring
Country of Operation
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryLong considered a ‘rich country disease,’ diabetes is spreading rapidly in the developing world as affluence changes traditional dietary habits. In 2005, engineers at Loughborough University developed a mobile phone health monitoring system to monitor diabetes and other diseases.
Goal is to help monitor medical signals from patients in real-time to provide accurate data to health care providers in order to provide the best care available to the clientele.
Key program components
The system allows doctors to use mobile phone networks to monitor up to four key medical signals (electrocardiogram heart signal, blood pressure, levels of blood glucose, and oxygen saturation levels) from patients who are on the move. Engineers from the UK and India are working to ‘miniaturize the system’ so that sensors are small enough to be carried by patients while procuring the necessary biomedical data. In Britain, the solution will be used to improve healthcare delivery, while in India it will connect ‘centers of excellence’ to hospitals and clinics in more remote areas. Over the next three years, clinical trials will occur in both the United Kingdom and India.