More intuitive remote monitoring technology has arrived

What does a mountaineer have in common with an ailing heart failure patient? Until recently, very little. Even their respective access to medical-grade, “wearable” sensors differed. Although logic would dictate such devices were reserved primarily for the chronically ill patients who needed them most, the reality is that cost prevented such a wide distribution across the millions who suffer from chronic diseases. To date, these types of biosensors have largely been available only to elite athletes for use in improving their performance at various extreme sports, such as high-altitude climbing. As a mountaineer myself—and a physician—I’ve repeatedly wondered over the years when a variation of the technology would advance to help the millions worldwide who live, often very painfully, with chronic diseases such as heart failure, COPD and diabetes. And…

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