A new mobile phone developed in Singapore that can take pulse readings and send for an ambulance has been unveiled in Barcelona. The EPI Life mobile phone, equipped with mini electrocardiogram, takes pulse readings when fingers are pressed on a receptor. The phone then sends the results to a 24-hour medical call centre.
“We think it’s a revolution. It has clinical significance,” EPI medical chief Chow U-Jin said at the mobile industry’s annual conference in Barcelona. “Anywhere in the world you can use it as a phone but you are also able to transfer an ECG and get a reply,” Dr Chow said.
Dr Chow said a user would receive an SMS if his reading was normal. “If it’s severe, you get a call (that says) ‘sir, an ambulance is on the way’,” he said. EPI Life has three hospitals in Singapore, all of which carry the phone users’ history.
EPI Life costs US$700 (S$890), the price of a top range smartphone, and 2,000 of them have been on the market since 2010. “The most obvious targets are people with heart disease,” Dr Chow said.
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