SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – Dispersed medical records in many medical institutions will be integrated in a personal smartphone in South Korea.
The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) announced on November 6 that it started to develop an ICT Healing Platform Service, which allows a patient to gather scattered medical records from hospitals and store them in his smartphone for a future medical checkup.
With this service, the user can store his medical information such as medical history, drug-taking history, blood pressure and pulse in his smart device or wherever he wants to store it. In an emergency situation, the information will help doctors make a precise diagnosis.
In addition, the service manages the patient’s health conditions by collecting information such as the amount of activities, heart rate and sleeping hours from wearable health devices. If his body condition is judged to be not so good, the service will recommend him not to excessively work out or to drink water a lot.
In order to realize the technology, ETRI plans to analyze collected data and then establish an information map for the service. The state-run research outfit will make available its technologies to the public in the course of developing the service.
It also plans to launch a mobile application for users to easily store their medical information and use it whenever necessary.
The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning selected the service for patients as one of 15 future services. “The service is expected to be a new paradigm in the management of personal medical records,” said Kim Kwang-su, a manager in the ministry.
By Veronica Huh (firstname.lastname@example.org)