Bluetooth: The Future of Wireless Medical Technology

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One of the toughest issues facing portable medical devices, especially as they make their way from the hospital to the home, is power consumption. Power needs for the wireless connections constrain architecture and limit applications to those capable of the battery needs of the technology. That is all about to change with the introduction of Bluetooth low energy technology specified in Bluetooth v4.0 that is making its way to designers and consumers today. Recent announcements by Microsoft and Apple supporting this new technology show its wide ranging deployment in standard computing and communications platforms. The stage is set to deploy truly low power wireless medical applications that have relied on custom components and platforms until now. This presentation discusses the available standardized wireless technologies available today and the potential applications. Further discussion introduces Bluetooth low energy and compares and contrasts its strengths and weaknesses in the typical medical application scenarios.

This presentation discusses the available standardized wireless technologies available today and the potential applications.

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