Telefonica is looking to provide real time monitoring as patients are recovering from knee surgeries. We already have smart systems / M2M systems that monitor machines now if this trial is successful then you can very well see wider adoption of patient health monitoring and reduce post surgery care.
In partnership with Barcelona’s Hospital de la Esperanza, Telefónica has developed a knee brace embedded with motion sensors that enable physicians to monitor patients’ rehabilitation remotely after they’ve been discharged from the hospital. As they exercise, patients—and there are 200 testing the device right now—watch their movements simulated via a 3D avatar on a computer, which wirelessly sends the data to the doctor for view on a PC or cell phone. Telefónica aims to sell the brace to hospitals worldwide when trials are completed by next year.