Handy phone for the heart

When you are buying a cell phone always listen to your heart. This is probably the last piece of advice any cell phone expert will give you.

By Anshuman Joshi

Published: Thu 28 Jan 2010, 1:11 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:39 PM

But making the right choice could well end up saving your life. Especially if the phone happens to be a Handy Sana 210, the world’s first touch-screen mobile phone with integrated electrocardiogram (ECG), which is being showcased at the Arab Health Conference being held in Dubai.

Integrated with a multi-lead ECG and a Health Suite function, the device could be very handy for people who have been diagnosed with a heart condition and carry a high risk of an attack.

By just pressing two finger’s on the phone’s edges for 30 seconds, patients will be able to take an ECG reading of their heart’s rhythm at any place and at any point of time.

God forbid if it is critical, the ECG could be immediately transmitted to a 24-hour Personal Health Concierge Centre, where medical experts will be able to analyse and diagnose it in a matter of 2-3 minutes.

The Handy Sana 210 has a 2.8-inch full touch screen and full-fledged mobile phone capabilities including multimedia suite, Internet browser, calendar, built-in camera with screen viewfinder and dedicated menus. It offers health suite services to store data like blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and ECG monitoring.

The phone, which is being described, as a “doctor in the pocket” could be available in the UAE soon, thanks to the enormous interest, says Frank Raymarkers of Medical Marketing, Berlin.

As for the price, that will be ultimately decided by the dealers who stock the product, he adds. In Indonesia, the end user is getting the device for approximately 1000 euros and almost 2500 units have been sold since the phone’s launch three weeks ago. And if that price tag is a little steep for your liking, try putting a number to your life.


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