A research project funded by the European Union has yielded a T-shirt that tracks the health data of patients, reporting the information back to doctors through a smartphone application or personal digital assistant (PDA).
Called the Chronious project, the T-shirt best serves people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic kidney disease – illnesses that are rapidly affecting the ageing populace in Europe and the rest of the world. But the T-shirt’s sensors can be altered to help monitor various kinds of ailments.
The sensors on the T-shirt include a heart and respiratory monitor. The data is compiled with exterior devices that record air quality, blood pressure and patient weight, and are connected to a smartphone or PDA, which transmits the information to the care provider for analysis.
These recordings can help doctors tailor a more personalised care programme for patients, based on the exact state of their health, day-to-day activities and diet. The T-shirt monitors will also reduce check-ups; the pertinent information will be transmittable, not requiring patients or doctors to attend time-consuming appointments.
Read more about the ability to monitor our wellbeing, communicate directly with health professionals and even administer medicine and supplements without conscious effort in Sensing Health.