|The Genesis DM is a heath monitor computer designed for long-term telehealth.
Weighing in at 0.9kg, it is light enough to be carried by even the most frail
individual, and plugs into a variety of larger telehealth monitoring systems.
It has diagnostic facilities as well, with a series of carefully construed
questions it can ask both visually and verbally with a choice of two different
gender voices. These questions are designed to allow the Genesis to determine
if a problem is developing, and to contact outside medical support if necessary.
Answers to the questions are delivered via means of large tactile buttons with
high contrast. No speaking is required.
Several features of this device really should be standard for telehealth devices,
making it annoying that they are not. Features such as the automatic set-up
wizard, used when you attach it to different configurations of sensor, being
internet enabled from the get-go, and automatically upgrading its software from
the manufacturer's site. As a security feature, all patient data sent via the
device to the doctors, via the web is heavily encrypted, providing peace of
Wireless GPRS communication provides enhanced connectivity, boosting the package.
This telehealth device measures heart rate, blood pressure, and weight, and
provides customisable query functionality, so that if a patient has a specific
symptom type to look for, the machine can be programmed to look for anything
similar. In-built queries include checking on hypertension, COPD, CHF, and diabetes.
User interface is the main thrust of the device, and regardless of the gender
chosen, the voice that issues from it is not mechanical, but warm, patient,
and ever-friendly. The vocals guide the patient through every step if desired,
so even the least technically proficient always feels at home.
Finally, the unit has an in-built calendar, allowing through the web interface,
reminders to be made and stored, about medical appointments and other important
events. The reminders are played back both visually and verbally the same as
all other functions.
Reminders help patients keep track of Standard languages include English, French,
Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, French Canadian, Russian, Polish, Armenian,
Welsh and Hindi.