Medical telemetry is often thought of as just a means of sending an ECG to the hospital. But it could and should be so much more. Advances in specialized patient care have increased the demand for data communication systems. However, years of neglect have presented challenges in establishing the infrastructure to move forward.
When I first started in EMS back in the ‘70s, you usually had to give the ER doctor an ECG before you were allowed to administer a cardiac drug. And this was a difficult and challenging task due to the technology at the time. The heavy, low-power, orange UHF BioCom Biophone had very limited range. They were mostly useless inside dense urban structures or in a moving ambulance.