May 27, 2015
National Science Foundation Funds Implantable Antenna To Monitor Patients
All it takes is for a doctor to designate anyone a "patient" and they can be monitored 24/7 for their own good. Is it any more difficult for a psychiatrist to say "He needs treatment and an antenna?"
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is helping fund the creation of an implantable antenna for health care, which could be used for “long-term patient monitoring.”
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The project is being financed in collaboration with the National Research Foundation of Korea to create a high frequency antenna that can be permanently implanted under a person’s skin.
“Antennas operating near or inside the human body are important for a number of applications, including healthcare,” a grant for the project said. “Implantable medical devices such as cardiac pacemakers and retinal implants are a growing feature of modern healthcare, and implantable antennas for these devices are necessary to monitor battery level and device health, to upload and download data used in patient monitoring, and more.”
The grant said that an implantable device could be used for “long-term patient monitoring” and “biometric tracking,” or using technology to verify a person’s identity.
Feds Help Finance Creation of Implantable Body Antenna for ‘Long-term Patient Monitoring’
NSF provided $5,070 to test devices
BY: Elizabeth Harrington Follow @LizWFB
May 27, 2015 2:35 pm