Futuristic plan to set chronic patients free

A teen with type 1 diabetes goes on holiday with a friend’s family, her doctor confident her remotely managed and monitored insulin pump will switch on and off as needed.

The scenario is similar for a child with severe asthma, a remote monitoring system prompting SMSed instructions for a dosage change.

This is Dr Stephen Oesterle’s vision of healthcare in five or ten years. “Instead of the patient coming to the doctor, we will allow them to stay in their own environment and distribute healthcare to them through the cloud.”

This means patients with chronic conditions might be fitted with miniature implanted sensors and