Documenting the Coming Singularity

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wi-Fi Pacemakers - so your doc can monitor you 24/7

Editor's Note: The pacemaker, albeit a very important little implant, is only one of manyu on an ever-increasing list. Now it can communicate its and its hosts statuses to the Interweb. What does this capability portend? Convenience and health, surely. Control of humanity by an artillect? We will see.

NYT - August 10, 2009, by Reuters

After relying on a pacemaker for 20 years, Carol Kasyjanski has become the first American recipient of a wireless pacemaker that allows her doctor to monitor her health from afar -- over the Internet.

When Kasyjanski heads to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York, for a routine check-up, about 90 percent of the work has already been done because her doctor logged into his computer and learned most of what he needed to know about his patient.

Three weeks ago Kasyjanski, 61, became the first person in the United States to be implanted with a pacemaker with a wireless home monitoring system that transmits critical information to her doctor via the Internet.

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