MIR is currently pursuing its R&D activity through mHealth solutions for the intelligent tracking of processes.
mHealth – Information always available
MIR has chosen consumer devices for its applications (latest generation Smarthphones and Tablets). Smartphones and PC Tablets are the platform through which a healthcare structure can offer new services to the citizens. They are familiar, commonly used devices that give specific access to the required information. The Internet allows people and businesses to connect with whoever is online, regardless of the device being used; likewise, NFC technology ensures the tracking of processes, regardless of the device being used.
NFC – Near Field Communication
This technology bridges the gap between the real world and the online world. Adopting it in healthcare allows the user to check the process in an easy and transparent way.
G.I. – Gesture Interface
This is the gesture recognition technology used in healthcare areas where physical contact with a device is not easy (operating theatre, infectious disease wards).
S.R. – Speech Recognition
This is a useful tool in tracking and inputting data in hospital areas.
I.R. – Image Recognition
This is crucial for process security and for simplifying information storage.
RFID – a brief outline
RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) is a military-derived technology, widely used in the sectors of logistics and transport.
It is a system that records information on special electronic tags and reads/writes these tags remotely.
The tags are identified by a univocal, absolute code and they cannot be exchanged – as happens with bar codes. Besides, they are “talking tags”, namely, they have a memory that contains the information referring to the items they are affixed on.
When the tag enters the reader’s range of action, it sends the information to the reader via radio waves. Once acquired the information, the reader displays them on a screen, where the information can be read and updated before being re-written on the same tag, through the reader itself.
Tags come in different shapes and sizes (labels, bracelets, stickers for documents, buttons, pins, etc.), they are not affected by particular climatic or environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, dust, dirt) and can be affixed virtually anywhere.