Thai firm sells wireless heart monitoring device

23 Apr 2008

Technology originally developed for Mars-bound cosmonauts now allows medical specialists to remotely monitor heart conditions of patients.

Bangkok-based Decisive Technology is selling the 'clue medical' device, originally designed and developed in Germany and Austria.

The portable device, weighing 56 grams and measuring 8 by 8 centimeters uses sensors or electrodes to measure heart conditions.

The device is placed over the patient's heart for two minutes and can then transmit data either via infrared to mobile phones or via standard GSM connection to a remote server.

Once transmitted, the data can be retrieved online for diagnosis by physicians. The technology is designed to allow doctors to monitor patients' condition remotely.

The device was originally developed as part of a Russian Space Agency project to monitor the heart rates of cosmonauts on their proposed 2035 mission to Mars¸ said Decisive Technology president Ernst-Guenter Jung,

The product, developed by Telovital of Austria, is being marketed by Jung's company to hospitals across Southeast Asia.

The device has received full regulatory approvals from state agencies in Thailand, Jung said.

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