BodyKom will watch over you

By: JIM BAINBRIDGE Gazette online reporter
April 4, 2005
Imagine you’re sitting at a ballgame with what you think is a bad case of indigestion when a paramedic arrives, puts a hand on your shoulder and says “Excuse me, sir, but you may be having a mild heart attack.” This sort of medical care may soon be available with a new product from Nordic telecommunications operator Telia-Sonera AB that lets doctors monitor their patients.
The new system, BodyKom, connects wirelessly to sensors on the patient. If dangerous changes are detected in the patient’s body, the hospital or health care services are automatically alerted over a secure mobile network connection. The unit receiving the alarm will also be informed of the geographic position of the patient through the use of GPS technology. Testing is under way. “It can be difficult for patients to understand exactly how their body feels, if for example there is irregular heart activity,” professor Christer Sylven of the Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Sweden, told The Associated Press. “In theory, the patient would be able to be at home or at work and still feel safe. If something were to happen, health care personnel would know immediately and be able to respond more quickly.” The service will monitor heart rates, diabetes, asthma and other conditions that may require timely intervention. Parents tighten reins on kids’ Internet use It isn’t clear whether parents trust their children less than they did a few years ago or just worry more about what — or who — is online. All we know for sure is that parents are keeping a closer eye on their kids’ Internet habits. A new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 54 percent of parents with teenagers online have installed filtering software to monitor the sites their kids visit, up from 41 percent in 2000. About two-thirds of the parents surveyed try to set limits on the time spent online, and about 60 percent prefer keeping the PC in a common area. Moms are more likely than dads to set up software filters to keep their kids from viewing potentially licentious content. The Pew study was based on random phone calls with 1,100 parents and kids ages 12 to 17. Online tax filing gains in popularity About 34 percent of online households will file their 2004 federal taxes online, up from 28 percent a year ago, according to research by The Conference Board. One in 10 will be filing online for the first time. The latest Consumer Internet Barometer, a quarterly measure of who’s doing what on the Internet, found that more women (31 percent) than men (29 percent) prefer to use do-it-yourself tax software, a reversal from last year, when men (30 percent) seemed more willing than women (28 percent) to file on their own online. More men than women — 26 percent versus 21 — will use IRS E-file. The Consumer Internet Barometer is produced by The Conference Board and TNS NFO, a division of TNS, the world’s largest custom research company, and covers 10,000 households. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0126 or
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