An effective wireless health monitoring solution should connect patients and healthcare providers efficiently. The demand for wireless medical devices has seen significant growth in recent years and is expected to continue to increase by 58 percent every year, over the next five years. (Source: FDA News)
Current home health monitoring systems have shown that there are many diseases that can be managed by patients, at home, in coordination with their health care providers. Ideal Life’s unique wireless technology extends these benefits. Most existing home health monitoring solutions are hard-wired via a telephone line to the patient’s home, limiting their freedom and mobility. While these limitations present challenges in maintaining patient compliance, the portability of the mTelehealth Solution Powered by Ideal Life®‘ wireless monitoring can reduce or eliminate those compliance challenges.
When patients are compliant and regularly monitored, the benefits are two-fold. To begin with, the patient’s quality of life can be improved through a slower progression of their diseases. Secondly, healthcare costs can decrease, as patients are delayed or kept from assuming costlier disease states, resulting in fewer doctor office visits and hospital stays.
The mTelehealth Solution Powered by Ideal Life® offers portable, easy-to-use devices and a robust web-based monitoring application to deliver the first truly effective, end-to-end mobile, wireless health monitoring system.
M2M is cellular technology that enables non-cell phone devices to establish communications using GSM, CDMA or other mobile phone transmission standards. Ideal Life® embeds M2M chips into its products that transmit health monitoring data from remote patients to health care providers – eliminating the need for monitoring equipment to be connected to telephone lines or requiring patients to buy expensive, proprietary cell phones for handling data transmissions. M2M technology reinforces Ideal Life’s philosophy of creating assistive technologies that people will use, by providing significant advantages that include:
- Mobility – M2M utilizes GSM, CDMA or previously established carrier networks such as 2G or Reflex providing reliable coverage virtually anywhere.
- Simplicity – Patients can change their preference for health monitoring devices without having to hassle with their cell phone provider. Additionally, by not linking health monitoring to cell phones, a patient’s monitoring is not affected every time carriers change phone models, platforms, service options or confusing “air-time” packages.
- Affordability – Patients can use inexpensive ‘data only’ cellular plans, rather than the more expensive and often complicated voice and data packages.
- Practicality – Having a singular, pre-configured mission, M2M makes devices less susceptible to theft, mis-use, accidental discontinuance of service or having value to anyone but the user.
M2M is most commonly defined as Machine-to-Machine, but is sometimes referred to as “Man-to-Machine”, “Machine-to-Man”, “Machine-to-Mobile” or “Mobile-to-Machine”. Among cellular providers, M2M means “Mobile-to-Mobile” and is used to describe calls that do not involve land lines. M2M is also generally defined to encompass telemetry or telematics using public wireless networks. M2M can also refer to the family of sensors, middleware, software and applications which help improve efficiency and quality by tying together a myriad of sensors with mission critical applications like asset management, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM).
As the cost of access to wireless data networks (CDMA, GPRS, Mobitex, etc.) has dropped, capabilities continue to increase. M2M technology leverages these networks to bring telemetry to a wider audience.
As M2M evolves, other terms like Machine-to-Human (M2H) and Machine-to-Enterprise (M2E) are emerging to segment the pervasive nature of the M2M term. The M2M device, software, network, and service market is expected to grow rapidly worldwide. While there are some 500 million computers worldwide and 1.5 billion cell phones and PDAs, it is estimated that there are more than 38 billion other electronic devices that have information perhaps relevant to improving enterprise operations. The M2M market strives to connect these devices to corporations, governments and institutions.