The TEKTELIC eDoctor Device is the ideal solution to monitor patients and vulnerable individuals for potential respiratory illness. This specialized device is designed to continuously monitor and detect the most common symptoms of respiratory illness including increased body temperature and breathing rate, persistent cough and accelerated heart rate. An adjustable, washable strap ensures the device can be worn comfortably and discreetly in any situation. The eDoctor utilizes the long range and low power capabilities of LoRaWAN® to provide reliable “Always On” connectivity and unprecedented battery life of over 3 months.
TECHNICAL AND FUNCTIONAL SYSTEM SPECIFICATIONS
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Is the device meant to be used 24/7? Is it comfortable?
Yes, the device can be used 24/7. Body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, chest expansion, activity factor, and position can be transmitted at various reporting periods, including at a default period of every 5 minutes and an urgent mode of every minute. The device is extremely lightweight and attaches to a smooth strap around your chest making it a very comfortable, and barely noticeable, device while worn.
As the solution is based on LoRaWAN, what happens when the user is out of range of network and outdoor?
The device has no knowledge of the coverage areas of the gateway so it will continue to transmit the vitals as configured until the device comes back into range of a gateway receiver. The device has store and forward capability where the cloud-based application can query the device to resend any missed packets.
How often does the device communicate with the gateway?
By default, the eDoctor transmits data once every 5 minutes to the gateway. The device can also be configured to the urgent mode where it will transmit data once every minute to the gateway.
What are the main benefits of LoRaWAN coverage eDoctor uses compared to Wi-Fi and BLE the most of the competitors propose?
More Coverage – Depending on the environment, LoRaWAN is capable of covering up to 15 kilometers of range with only a single gateway, a much wider area than Wi-Fi or BLE can provide. This long-range allows for the coverage of indoor environments, like hospitals, through the use of only a couple of gateways which provides a connection for an almost unlimited number of sensors.
Better remote monitoring in hospitals – Nurses can connect multiple devices to the Network Server and Application making it easy for them to monitor all their patients from a single screen. LoRaWAN does not require patients to have a cell phone or access to the internet, they simply wear the device and the nurse will be able to remotely monitor them from anywhere.
How do you alert the nurses or health practitioners when there’s an emergency situation?
eDoctor has an urgent mode that transmits data every minute and can be activated by a push button on the device or a toggle button on the application. Thresholds and alarms can also be set on the application to alert the caregiver that someone needs attention.