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Worldwide lecture tour touts point-of-care health care
Date:5/30/2013

NJIT Distinguished Professor and electrical engineer Atam Dhawan hits the lecture trail again this summer as a distinguished speaker for an IEEE life sciences lecture series. His focus will be how "Point of Care Healthcare" can reduce illness, improve the quality of life, and stop spiraling healthcare costs. Dhawan, who will stop at conferences in Japan, Colombia and Croatia, tells audiences about the following.

If you aren't already using a "wearable" sensorwhether it's a watch that reads your blood pressure or a temperature strip for your child's foreheadyou soon will be. Such devices offer a fast, inexpensive and efficient mobile health information communication system plus used the right way they can become application-based smart decision support systems for patients and healthcare providers. They provide quality healthcare at affordable costs in developing economies and for developed economies, they can avoid or reduce extended hospitalization and in-patient costs to reduce sky-rocketing healthcare costs. For managing quality healthcare in epidemics and disaster situations, they could be critical in providing vital medical attention to those first, who need the most, he said.

Such devices, which rely on hidden electronic sensors, will soon thanks to newer and better software applications, communicate important information about your health to your smart phones. Such devices in tandem with video-conferencing would be available in rural areas where less trained individuals can provide good quality healthcare; and more, may soon even be able to replace physician office visits.

"Why wait to be seen in a medical office and then followed up with additional costly visits for tests at different places, if technology can enable instant conversations, send immediate information and more," Dhawan said. The savings can go beyond improving healthcare, to encompassing lower transportation costs and improving the medical infrastru
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Contact: Sheryl Weinstein
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