LA JOLLA, Calif., Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers at Ford have developed a series of in-car health and wellness apps and services aimed at monitoring people with chronic illnesses or medical disorders so they can manage their condition while on the go. Ford's senior technical leader, K. Venkatesh Prasad, will be discussing these innovations on a "Health and Wellness Connectivity Services on the Go" panel discussion with Anand Iyer, COO of WellDoc, and H. James Dallas, SVP at Medtronic at the Wireless Health 2011 Conference being held Oct. 10-13 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.
Leveraging Ford SYNC® and its ability to connect devices via Bluetooth, access cloud-based Internet services and control smartphone apps, Ford is developing voice-controlled in-car connections to an array of health aids from glucose monitoring devices, diabetes management services, asthma management tools and web-based allergen alert solutions.
Ford will be providing demonstrations of in-car accessibility to WellDoc's cloud-based services at the Wireless Health 2011 Conference, and will be highlighting in-car health and wellness connectivity solutions including:
Bringing mobile health and wellness solutions inside the car in a safe and meaningful way, Ford researchers are first looking at two populations with the most need for a constant connection to potentially life-saving medical information – people with diabetes and those with asthma and/or allergies.
For people with diabetes and their caregivers, constant knowledge and control of glucose levels is critical to avoiding hypoglycemia or low glucose, which can cause confusion, lightheadedness, blurry vision and a host of other symptoms that could be dangerous while driving. As important, those with asthma and allergies need to have a clear understanding of their environment and potential symptom triggers – such as pollen levels in the air – that can quickly lead to an attack. Growing in popularity among this group are web-based alert services and smartphone apps that can help flag dangerous pollen levels based on location.
The Wireless Health 2011 Conference, organized by the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, is where researchers from global institutions such as MIT, University of Edinburgh, UCLA, and other leading universities share the best new research and significant advances in wireless health technologies with thought leaders from academia, medicine, government and industry. In addition to the scientific discussions, keynote presentations from Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs and other global organizations will highlight the four-day conference.
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The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) is a trade organization for global wireless and mobile technology innovators, scientists, physicians, and policy makers. The WLSA is committed to accelerating the adoption of connected health to create value, improve health and wellness for consumers, caregivers and all sectors of the life sciences and technology ecosystem. WLSA partners and companies are using wireless health innovations to simplify the management of chronic conditions, preempt disease and improve lives around the world.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit www.ford.com.
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