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8/21/2000

Patients Soon to Say 'Cheese' to Telemonitor

Cheryl A. Thompson

Availability later this year of a health monitoring system with a built-in video display will enable health care providers to see homebound patients' expressions during counseling and verify dosing procedures.

The LifeView telemonitoring system, by Eastman Kodak Company, will be produced in two models: a camera-equipped station for patients and a laptop computer for health care providers. Patients will position themselves in front of the top-mounted camera for each session. In addition to the video components, the patient station has a built-in stethoscope, thermometer, and blood pressure cuff behind the front panel and a telephone. The laptop computer can record patient data, notes, and snapshots and the times of those entries. 

Rochester, N.Y.-based Kodak said it expects to have units available for lease or purchase in the third quarter of 2000.