[Philips Applied Technologies] Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Heart-failure patients are at serious risk of suffering rapid, life-threatening deterioration of their condition that can result in hospitalization. If detected early, doctors can stabilize the patient’s condition by adjusting medication. This not only avoids the need for hospitalization, it can also increase the patient’s quality of life. Philips’ advanced telehealth monitoring solutions provide more comprehensive information about a patient’s condition and may enable earlier intervention. At night, breathing rate and heart rate are measured by unobtrusive sensors hidden in the patient’s own bed. During the day, the patient wears a vest containing woven-in electrodes. Communication is wireless with a PDA that collects and analyzes the data and sends it automatically to the healthcare provider.