Union Tribune September 2008

September 1, 2008 | Sotera Wireless

Imagine a patient rushed to the hospital with chest pains. A small wristband from a San Diego company monitors her vital signs and wirelessly transmits them to the hospital directly from the ambulance. In the waiting room, her condition suddenly worsens. The sensors on her wrist trigger an alarm, and she is rushed in to see the doctors.

In this example, San Diego based company Sotera Wireless is designing what some call “smart Band-Aids,” a system for continuous monitoring of vital signs. Instead of intermittent checks of blood pressure, the smart system would send a stream of measurements over a hospital’s wireless network. Sotera backers include Intel, the computer chip maker, and Qualcomm, the San Diego wireless technology company as well as Sanderling Ventures and 3i Group.

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