Homepods Help Avoid Emergency Hospital Admissions

24 January 2010 (Last Updated January 24th, 2010 18:30)

A "homepod" device that allows doctors to remotely monitor the health of people with lung problems and decide when hospital admission is required is being trialled by patients on the Isle of Bute in the UK. The trial has found that the medical homepods avoid emergency hospital admission

A "homepod" device that allows doctors to remotely monitor the health of people with lung problems and decide when hospital admission is required is being trialled by patients on the Isle of Bute in the UK.

The trial has found that the medical homepods avoid emergency hospital admissions by measuring blood pressure, oxygen levels and weight as well as asking the patient broader questions about their general health.

The data is fed back to a computer at a health centre on the island and monitored by health professionals, the BBC reports.

According to health officials, the trial has cut air ambulance missions and the number of days patients have spent in hospital.