New mobile can check pulse, send ambulance

You have a good reason to worry if you get a call on your mobile phone with the message: "Sir, an ambulance is on the way."

Barcelona: You probably have a good reason to worry if you get a call on your mobile phone with the following message: "Sir, an ambulance is on the way."

That`s the worst call you can receive if you buy a newEPI Life mobile phone, which comes complete with mini electrocardiogram.

It`s a new phone developed in Singapore that takes your pulse when you press your fingers on a receptor, and sends the results to a 24-hour medical call centre.

"We think it`s a revolution. It has clinical significance," EPI medical chief Dr Chow U-Jin said at the mobile industry`s annual conference in Barcelona.

"Anywhere in the world you can use it as a phone but you are also able to transfer an ECG and get a reply," Chow said.

"If you get a normal reply it will just be an SMS," he added.

"If it`s severe, you get a call: `Sir, an ambulance is on the way`."

EPI Life has three hospitals in Singapore, all of which carry the phone users` history.

EPI Life costs USD 700, the price of a top range smartphone, and 2,000 of them have been on the market since 2010.

"The most obvious targets are people with heart disease," Chow said.
Depending on your health or nervous disposition you can choose from three packages offering 10, 30 or 100 tests a month.

There is now a mini USD 99 version with a smaller receptor that links via Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, which is due for launch soon in Spain and France.

The EPI Life is one of a series of mobile health initiatives unveiled in Barcelona.
Many of the services rely on SMS or MMS messages that even older mobiles can receive.

Health Company, which covers Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, sends medical information about sexuality, obesity, children`s health etc to about 430,000 customers in Arab and English.

Bureau Report

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