How smart, portable medical devices are changing lives

Miniaturization and wireless connectivity have seen the accumulation of devices shrink into just unbreakable sizes, thus allowing them to turn into complex and changing technologies.

While we all enjoy smartphones, mp3 players and other entertainment and communication devices, the portability of medical devices can really change life and, in many cases, save lives.

Until recently, people with debilitating conditions have been confined to the hospital due to the large size, weight, strength and complexity of many medical devices.

With the rise of portable medical devices and the proliferation of smart home technology, these people are increasingly able to live with their own conditions at home and take care of their health as they travel.

The sign of a modern health assistant, in addition to portability, is the inclusion of electronic health technology. Now we can monitor things in real time, see the trends and share them with our doctors and deal with a variety of conditions remotely and effectively.

Here are some examples …

Blood pressure monitoring devices

Blood pressure monitors such as Nokia BPM +, Omron EVOLV and QardioArm Wireless BPM are extremely portable and come without the tubes or wires that are common to desktop versions.

Instead of sticking to your arm and using smart technology to record and monitor your blood pressure.

Nokia BPM + is able to synchronize with your smartphone via Bluetooth to help you keep track of your metrics by providing feedback and tips.

QardioArm and EVOLV also detect instances of irregular heartbeats and warn you of such irregularities. In addition, QardioArm allows you to monitor your blood pressure in different locations to help you understand how the whole, setting and activity can affect the health of your heart.

Portable ECG / ECG screens

Portable ECG / ECG screens assess heart activity and are commonly used during electrocardiogram trials. While the old models will display data as graphical lines on paper, 21st century versions record and display data digitally, allowing you to capture and track your movements quickly and easily. Most newer models still include LCD monitors and sensors to give you the results in real time.

Devices like AliveCor allow you to take your pulse through your fingers and keep your heart rate anywhere while a companion application lets you see an electrocardiogram on your smartphone.

The Omron HCG-801 lets you keep track of heart pain, palpitations and breathing difficulties, even when these conditions are bleak. Even Apple develops an advanced heart tracking feature for future versions of smartwatch.

CPAP Devices

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices have brought home-like people who are looking for hospital-style breathing equipment. But for those suffering from sleep apnea these devices are divine. They use airflow to regulate breathing and stop airway closure during sleep.

Originally home appliances were desktop versions, which are noisy, require the use of a large tube, are based on a plug connection and are not at all ideal for traveling with. But this is changing. For example, Airmony is a portable, washable, quiet version that is staggered for adults and children. It is also the first one to be without tubes.

It's also a smart device that uses e-health technologies. By recording data as you sleep, users can monitor their sleep patterns and share findings with their doctor to help develop better treatment plans.

Air quality monitors

Transferring an inhaler is no longer the only thing you can do to relieve asthma symptoms or allergies. The compact Atmotube with USB connection uses sensors and a mobile application to alert you to the presence of harmful gases and compounds and measures the temperature and humidity of the air in your area.

Some people may just want to watch the air quality in their area. The GermGuardian Smart 4-in-1 also detects the dominance of dust, pet hair and pollen, while Wynd Wearable thumbs act as a smart portable air purifier.

Extech CO250, as the name implies, is exclusively used for carbon dioxide detection. On the other hand, IQAir AirVisual Pro uses AI and laser technology to compare the air quality at home with that outside, which can be used by those living in large, polluted cities.

Glucose monitoring systems

The new smart, portable glucose monitoring systems, like Contour Next One and True Metrix Air, allow you to measure your blood glucose levels on the go.

The clever thing is that these small devices can connect to your smartphone to monitor your blood sugar levels over time and share it with a doctor.

The advantage of being able to control glucose levels remotely is that you can do it before and after exercise, meals outside or in any situation you may need to do remotely without the usual blood test.

Massage devices

Pain caused by arthritis, sciatica or carpal tunnel can now be relieved on the move.

TechCare Massager Touch uses a stimulant electric nervous stimulator and an activated muscle stimulator to deliver electrical pulses to your skin to stimulate nerve fibers and block pain signals in your brain. It has 24 ways of massaging and can simulate deep tissue massage and acupuncture.

Focusing on the portability of medical devices contributes to the provision of health care in the 21st century, allowing people to take care of their health at home and on the move, and could provide doctors with much clearer information on specific medical issues.

If you have a condition that requires regular treatment and attention, it is worth researching on the availability of portable medical devices – they can really change their lives!

Jaume Palau is the creator of Airmony, a next-generation sleeping device. Portable, lightweight and non-cuff, Airmony pushes a continuous flow of air to help sleep apnea patients breathe during sleep. It includes sensors for electronic health technology, allowing patients and their doctors to monitor sleep patterns.