Small Devices May Pack a Big Punch

handPortable medical devices offer distinct advantages over their larger counterparts: They are convenient for home use and allow patients more freedom of movement. Due to their smaller size, they may require less power and cost less to manufacture. According to e-zine Electronics Components World, the global market for portable medical devices is expected to reach $250 million by 2013.

In the past week, Envisionier Medical Technologies came out with what it claims is “the world’s first and only truly portable, hand-held, HD endoscopic video camera,” Medgadget.com reports. The device, called the endogo HD, fits in the palm of one’s hand. Physicians can use the device to capture and store visual images at the point of care. They may also send images to referring doctors using a secure connection. Envisionier is promoting the device for the ENT, ob/gyn, and urological fields. The Rockville, MD-based company has also released an iPhone application that lets physicians store, edit, browse, and share endoscopic findings with patients and colleagues.

Device company MedApps offers HealthPAL, a portable device to collect and transmit readings from blood pressure monitors, pulse oximeters, and other devices. Patients may track their daily readings to more efffectively manage their health. Physicians can view patient data via HealthCOM, a web-based portal developed by MedApps.

Other companies in this space include MinXRay (portable X-rays), Innovative Biosensors (portable diagnostic testing systems), and Portaqua (portable water purification systems for use in disaster relief scenarios).

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