miércoles, 25 de septiembre de 2013


Machine to Machine

M2M is a very broad term that refers to technologies that allow both wireless and wired systems to communicate with other devices of the same type.

Modern M2M communication has expanded beyond a one-to-one connection and changed into a system of networks that transmits data to personal appliances. The expansion of IP networks across the world has made it far easier for M2M communication to take place and has lowered the amount of power and time necessary for the machines to communicate the information. These networks also allow an array of new business opportunities and connections between consumers and producers in terms of the products being sold.

In the health field, M2M is becoming an integral part of patient care, helping to cut costs as well as save lives. Sensors in the bathroom, by the bed or near the door can collect information without compromising the individual’s privacy. Remote monitoring devices can be used to allow clinicians to remotely monitor information about patients with chronic illness such as cardiac disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

jueves, 19 de septiembre de 2013


Keeping track of the patient adherence

i2Cat has presented the ICT's platform to support medication adherence for chronic patients. This platform was presented at the last congress "Apps per salut" of the Oficial College of Doctors of Barcelona (COMB): http://www.comb.cat/cat/altres/salut20comb/home.asp

i2cat's solution, named "AMMP", is based on a novelty application for Android smart-phones with enabled NFC technology. Many people frequently forget to take the medicine prescribed by their doctors. An incomplete or irregular administration of the medicine can have fateful consequences, even short-term, especially in some groups like the elderly people.

The AMMP-NFC project aims to give a practical and effective solution to this problem through this mobile application. This application will be used in the medical prescription, where the medicines that the patient has to take will be registered; in the medicine dispensation, so that the pharmacist has all the information about the medicines that has to sell to the patient; and in the pill's administration, where the mobile phone will notify the patient using an alarm each time they have to take some of the prescribed medicines. Each of this steps use the NFC technology, as identification of the patient and also as a trigger for actions in the different workflow scenarios. Some of them could be summarized in this video:

More information about i2Cat's NFC enabled technology to support medication adherence: http://www.i2cat.net/en/projecte/ammp-1