Feeds

NHS diabetic gizmo will text for help if wearer is in danger

hlp Im havN a lo bl%d sugA @ack

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Scientists from Swansea University are collaborating with a consortium of Welsh technology companies to develop a blood glucose-monitoring sensor that can transmit readings to the mobile phones of NHS staff.

The university's Centre for Nanohealth and its e-Health Industries Innovation Centre are working on a project to develop a low-cost, non-invasive, ambulatory and continuous monitoring system using novel sensors and mobile networks. The project is backed by £470,000 from the Welsh Government's EU-funded Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) programme.

It involves the development of a device to provide continuous blood glucose measurement using a nanowires biosensor, unlike the commonly used "finger-stick" glucose meter, which requires patients to carry out up to 10 tests a day.

Nanotechnology and wireless technology will be used to transmit readings from the sensor to the mobile phones of NHS clinical teams. It will also provide an emergency alert to next of kin or medical personnel if the patient is suffering from a hypoglycemic attack.

Dr Vincent Teng, the nanoelectronics expert from Swansea University's College of Engineering who is leading the project, said the device could significantly improve the quality of life of diabetic patients and their families.

"Diabetic patients with low blood glucose can become unconscious due to hypoglycaemia and there are many reported incidents where patients, who either live or work alone, fainted without the notice of others and such occurrence can often be fatal," he said.

"Therefore, a multi-functional monitoring system is important to manage the glucose level of diabetic patients and to provide a warning when the patient is unconscious."

The Welsh government said the prototype is to be developed over the next 30 months and will be taken to market by the industry consortium.

The monitoring system will be able to be adapted for other chronic conditions such as coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and asthma.

This article was originally published at Guardian Professional. Join the Guardian Healthcare Network to receive regular emails on NHS innovation.

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?
Wait 'til this one hits your pension fund where it hurts
Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age
Massive outage could last four weeks, sources claim
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database
System would identify faces as part of biometrics collection
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial
Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.