Asthma inhalers with tracking devices: The future of American Big Brother healthcare
by: J. D. Heyes
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Big Brother is finding new and inventive ways to keep track of you these days, thanks to an explosion in technology, and that now includes the healthcare industry, once considered a bastion of privacy.
According to Wired magazine, a new “smart” asthma inhaler, which is designed to work in conjunction with a computer suite, allows health professions to track when a patient is having an asthma attack – including tracking the location of the patient when the attack is occurring.
The suite, called Asthmapolis and which is being sold to consumers as a safety feature (sound familiar?), is supposed to help both patients and healthcare providers alike “better monitor the behavior of asthma,” Wired reported.
‘Tracking’ asthmatics – For their own good, of course