Pulse oximeter and heart monitoring are alive and well

Arundel 24 May 2007In 2005 a specialist wireless vendor called Alive Technologies demonstrated a prototype mobile phone based ehealth service at Medica. The company has come a long way since then concentrating development on two key products: the Alive Heart Monitor and the Alive Pulse Oximeter. The Alive Heart Monitor is a wireless health monitoring system for screening, diagnosis and management of chronic diseases, and for consumer health and fitness. Applications include the management of atrial fibrillation and heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation and fitness monitoring.

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Designed for use in the doctor's office, home or gym, the monitor uses wireless Bluetooth and mobile phone networks to immediately transmit ECG and accelerometer data to a computer, PDA, or central monitoring centre. It features the latest generation of Bluetooth wireless technology and new electrode technology for optimum signal quality.

The Alive Heart Monitor can be used for remote real time monitoring of exercise programmes via the internet. Using the Alive Heart Monitor, a GPS and mobile phone carried by the person exercising, the programme supervisor or coach can remotely monitor the exact position, speed, position, ECG and heart rate in real time. For cardiac rehabilitation programmes, and for training programmes for elite athletes this provides real time feedback on the intensity and performance, allowing optimisation of the programmes for maximum benefit and safety.

The Alive Pulse Oximeter is a wearable medical device which uses wireless technology instead of inconvenient cables. It reads oxygen saturation data from a sensor on the finger or earlobe, and transmits the data via Bluetooth wireless technology to a mobile phone, PDA, laptop PC, or other Bluetooth-enabled device. The device can transmit the data in real-time or store the data for later download, as required.

The data received from the Alive Pulse Oximeter can be displayed locally, and for telemedicine applications it can also be transmitted in real-time to a central monitoring centre over the Internet. The device has been designed for remote respiratory monitoring - for example for remotely monitoring patients receiving home oxygen therapy. The device can also be used for home sleep apnea screening, as the wireless technology provides a more comfortable environment for patients' sleep.

Alive Technologies is headquartered at Arundel, on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The company develops wireless health monitoring systems for screening, diagnosis and management of chronic diseases, and for consumer health and fitness. Applications include the management of atrial fibrillation and heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation and fitness monitoring. Alive also license its products to third party ehealth providers and device manufacturers.


Leslie Versweyveld

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