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Heart rate tracking bracelets connected

As far as I know bracelets that track heart rate and other body symptoms exist that can send the data to doctors wirelessly, and alarm them in emergency situations, eg. cardiac arrest.
However, the infrastructure of hospitals that offer this service often doesnt exist. What if different bracelets would be connected wirelessly, so that relatives see the health status of each other, are alarmed in emergency and call a doctor.
In case of cardiac arrest people are found often too late. In this cases some minutes can me the difference between life and death. These bracelets would make it possible to fastly alarm the hospital, get help; without a big infrastructure needed.

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  • Jan 27 2013: I'd worry more about the detrimental effects of wireless signals on/through the bodies.
    Better to abandon "nuclear family units" and live together again.
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    Jan 2 2013: I know these fitness bracelets, eg from nike, that monitor the heart rate. I think some of them send the data also to smartphones to analyse the data (eg the progress of the fitness of the body).
    So all that would have to be done is to make an app for smartphone that sends an emergency call to relatives and / or doctors if the heart beats irregularly or stops to beat.
    I think that would be an idea easy to realize that could save many lifes. I know 2 persons personally that died because they were found too late.
    For me its just the question how to progress, so that it doesnt remain just an idea, but saves lifes.
    Contact companies that produce such bracelets?
    Go on a crowdfunding site like kickstarter to start the project?
    Find a programmer on a freelancer homepage? Is there another homepage where you can find people willing to cooperate on projects with different skillls (eg programming)?

    What do you think?
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    Jan 2 2013: As far as the accuracy of heart rate monitoring system is guaranteed, I think your idea can help patients to come to hospital with the aid of relatives, which can save their life successfully. But is it right that 'the infrastructure of hospitals' that you've said means 'the number of doctors who continuously monitor patients' heart rate? I think the way doctor monitors patients himself would be the fastest way to know whether his patients are all right. However, as I agree with your idea, the heart rate tracking bracelets are also needed to people(actually, to many people for your idea to be effective) near the patient for doctor to tell them to bring the patient to hospital right away. It is because, as you've already said and as far as I know, the time that the patient can be alive successfully if CPR is done is too short, just 4 minutes, so in case some people who possess the bracelets couldn't respond to emergency alarm, others should respond for it, which explains why bracelets should be given to as many people as possible.
    Yes, I agree with your idea, but I think both doctor and people near patients should cooperate to check their heart rate and bring them to hospital right away, and that kind of system should be established. However, what we should always think of is whether the economy permits this idea.
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    Jan 2 2013: Thats a great idea. Even the basic holter monitors often do not caputure irregular conditions as they are usually put on for a few hours or days. A continuous monitoring device can be made that sends a signal to thier mobile phones to dial emergency immediately in the event of serious heart condition. Or even a subcription devise with mobile link like the ones installed in cars like OnStar etc will do the job. You wont need a family network or a hospital admin infrastructure for this.