Formula 1 technology monitors children in hospital

An interesting article in the BBC this morning highlighted how technology is being adapted to different fields.

Telemetric data from cars is being continuously recorded and fed back to the F1 team, allowing them to monitor the levels of tyre temperature, engine output, suspension, braking and any other part of the car that needs to be watched. This information then allows the team to make adjustments to the car before races and refine the performance of the car over the season.

The technology that supports this has now been adapted to the field of health care, with Birmingham Children’s Hospital using it to monitor children in intensive care. Hospitals can keep an eye on a number of results, including blood pressure, oxygen levels, temperature and heart rate, and respond faster if a change in these is noted. The aim is that this information will be sent wirelessly, reducing the cost and speeding up the process.

TRIZ encourages us to look at the wider world for solutions to our problems. One of the first questions we ask before any problem solving session is “Has someone solved this problem before?”

By reducing the problem to its most important elements we can use the prism of TRIZ to identify possible solutions to our problem.

This new collaboration has got off to a strong start and hopefully we will be seeing this in hospitals more and more into the future. What other areas could telemetrics be expanded to? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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