Can RFID Prevent Heart Attacks?

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Ask The ExpertsCan RFID Prevent Heart Attacks?
RFID Journal Staff asked 14 years ago

Is it possible to alert people to potential heart failure using RFID—and, if so, how?

—Name withheld


I'm unaware of any system on the market today that employs radio frequency identification to alert patients or doctors to potential heart failure. Several papers have been written describing how such systems might work, however. Here are three:

Heart Failure Alert System Using RFID and GPS

Improving Telemonitoring of Heart Failure Patients With NFC Technology

Human Cardio-Respiro Abnormality Alert System Using RFID and GPS

Essentially, the idea is that an RFID device could detect abnormalities in the heart, and broadcast that information to a nearby reader. That data could then be communicated to doctors monitoring a patient remotely, over a cell network, thus enabling the physicians to respond quickly and revive the affected individual.

—Mark Roberti, Editor, RFID Journal

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