Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Virtual Nurse provides remote monitoring of outpatients

Steve Rogerson
March 16, 2015
Virtual Nurse, a smartwatch that centralises a patient or user's diagnostic information and sends data over GSM mobile telephone networks, is a joint development by Argentina-based Intraway and Spanish company BioScience Medical.
Intraway provides software for operations and business support for telecoms operators and service providers. BioScience Medical develops and manufactures medical devices and technology. Virtual Nurse is their joint product for remote monitoring of outpatients.
Virtual Nurse is composed of a smartwatch that centralises the patient or user's diagnosis information and sends data to the middleware over GSM mobile telephone networks. Thus, the software monitors patients and their vital signs, providing information to their families, doctors or emergency services at all times. It also allows the setting of threshold values and configuring actions to be triggered by certain events, such as a rise in blood pressure or the patient's heart rhythm, which causes an alert to be issued.
In addition, thanks to the accelerometer built into the smartwatch, falls are detected and it allows the patient to be contacted immediately on a predetermined phone number to provide assistance in the case of immobility. It also has a panic button and reminders for medication intake, among other features. The Virtual Nurse is oriented both to consumers looking to provide care for their family members as well as to companies or professionals that provide health care services.
"Virtual Nurse is a solution that has enormous potential for families and people with health risks, and it is available for anyone who needs this service," said Claudio Bedoya, CEO and founder of BioScience. “The transmission of real-time information is key, because every minute counts when facing life-threatening situations. We are very excited with this system, since its features can help improve the lives of millions of people. And with the opportunity to analyse and compare information in real time, the possibilities are limitless.”