After I was born, my mother saved the wrist band that hospitals give to all newborns. What surprised me on rediscovering it several months ago is that it was, by all appearances, identical to the wristbands that hospitals currently issue to their patients. Every other detail associated with a hospital care has been completely redefined by the computer revolution, but somehow the identification wristbands remain the same. My partner and I would like to change that.
We propose the creation of an Internet-of-Things enabled “smart” wristband which would not only store basic information about a patient including full immunization records, allergies, and recent test data, but would also monitor patient location via GPS, track vitals signs such as heart rate and blood oxygen concentration, and interface with existing hospital infrastructure. Using our system, we can improve patient outcomes while decreasing costs by reducing the frequency of dangerous and costly medical mistakes.
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