In addition to the software platform tbm core and the mobile phone application tbm app, telbiomed also provides the hardware required for therapy support in the form of NFC-capable measuring devices. Using Near Field Communication, data is transmitted directly and error-free to the app via a variety of devices such as body scales, blood pressure monitors, activity trackers, etc., and from there to the caregivers such as doctors, therapists, etc.
Overview of the measuring equipment of TBM KIT
An electronic personal scale is used for regular recording of body weight. The values are conveniently transferred to the app via bluetooth, manual input is not necessary.
With the bluetooth blood pressure monitor the patient measures the blood pressure quickly and easily on the upper arm. Monitoring blood pressure values is particularly important for certain chronic diseases. In this respect, the fast recording and simple transmission of the values via the app makes it easier for the patient to act on his own responsibility.
Patients with diabetes melitus type 1 and 2 must regularly check their blood sugar level and, if necessary, take the appropriate medication. Various blood glucose meters are available for this purpose, which allow automatic synchronization with the smartphone.
Pulse oximeters enable the measurement of the relative oxygen content in the blood. This parameter allows a statement about the cardio-respiratory status and is therefore part of the monitoring parameters for diseases of the respiratory or cardiovascular system.
The pedometer (type UW-101NFC) is carried in a trouser pocket and allows an estimation of the physical activity by daily recording of the completed steps. These data records can in turn be transferred to the smartphone via NFC technology.
Smartwatches are wirelessly connected to a smartphone and allow the display of status information or messages (e.g. medication reminder). In addition, the minimalist user interface of a Smartwatch can also be used to collect or enter data that is processed in a telemonitoring app, such as a quick answer to a spontaneous question that is “pushed” onto the wrist.
A precise recording of physical activity including sleep behavior is made possible by the new generation of Smart Wearables. An accelerometer worn on the wrist enables the creation of a close-meshed activity profile. This data is wirelessly synchronized with the smart phone and subsequently serves as a lifestyle indicator.
To clarify cardiac arrhythmias as required, ECG devices can be issued to telemonitoring patients, who can also communicate wirelessly with the smartphone and thus forward the recorded ECG signals to the app. These are usually small devices that are placed on the chest wall for a certain period of time.
Spirometry devices, which are available in a handy small format and with wireless interfaces for communication with smartphones, are suitable for regular monitoring of lung functionality in the case of conditions such as COPD.