Mar 5, 2016 12:39 PM

Dartmouth's 'magic wand' pairs medical devices to Wi-Fi

The Associated Press

CONCORD - Doctors could keep better tabs on their patients between visits with a simple wave of a magic wand-like device being developed at Dartmouth College.

The prototype, dubbed "Wanda," is part of a multi-university project to develop ways to protect patient confidentiality as health care increasingly moves out of hospitals and doctors' offices and into the home. But doctoral student Tim Pierson, who created Wanda, says simplicity is just as important as safety.

Here's how Wanda could work: A doctor sends a patient home with a Wi-Fi-enabled blood pressure cuff. Instead of having to type in a passcode to connect the monitor to a home Wi-Fi network, the patient just points the wand at the device.

Once that connection is made, readings can be transmitted back to the doctor's office.

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