An Aingeal to watch over you

Published: August, 2012

In the near future, a miniature sensor attached to your torso by two adhesive electrode patches may wirelessly and securely transmit vital information about your heart and respiration to medical personnel while you are hospitalized on a general-care floor, or are being wheeled around the building.

The device, called Aingeal (Gaelic for "angel"), is being developed by Intelesens, a company in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with input from a team led by Dr. Nathaniel Sims of Massachusetts General Hospital and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. Dr. Sims challenged Intelesens to make an inexpensive wearable monitor that could provide basic safety surveillance to the 60% of patients in unmonitored hospital areas—that is, outside of intensive care and step-down units.

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