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Technology Will Ease Healthcare Dilemma


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University of Ulster researchers predict that high-tech, home-based health monitoring will be a critical part of alleviating some of the pressures the healthcare system will experience as the world's population continues to age. The researchers are developing health monitoring systems that people can use in their own homes. University of Ulster's Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre director Jim McLaughlin says that independent living is the motivating factor. Computer Science Research Institute at Ulster professor Chris Nugent says both patients and medical professionals can benefit from patients being more involved in the management and monitoring of their health.

A new international Center for Intelligent Point of Care Sensors was launched by the University of Ulster and Dublin City University to drive research and development in the area of point-of-care sensors. Point-of-care sensors are handheld, wearable, or transportable devices for use in the home, or hospitals, to provide healthcare professionals with vital signs for analysis. McLaughlin says Ulster's focus on sensory monitoring has helped make engineering and computing a popular and highly desirable undergraduate field, a change from the trends of the past few years. "What we are doing now... is bringing the university's computing, engineering, and sensor device skills together so as to address... industry's need for electronic and highly skilled computing engineers," he says.

From University of Ulster

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