“Wireless communication standards have allowed sensors to develop from traditional forms — those that require the active involvement of the patient in collecting data, transmitting it, or both — to passive forms that do not need patient participation. The most fully passive sensors can provide constant monitoring of a person’s vital signs or other measures, and store that data or send it wirelessly to a care team.
This report describes the early phase of development and adoption of passive sensors for patient care outside the hospital. It assesses the current landscape, the drivers and barriers to adoption, and the promise of these technologies to help make care better and cheaper.”
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, CHCF, February 2013