Forced to go on a mountain to transmit its medical data

News 19 July, 2017
  • QMI agency

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017 21:32

    Wednesday, 19 July 2017 21:32

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    THREE-BANKS – The lack of cellular bandwidth on route 155, in the Haute-Mauricie, is a real problem, not only for motorists but also for a man from Trois-Rives, who suffers from heart problems.

    Now, patients suffering from heart problems are monitored by a telemetry system, through the air cell.

    But since there is no cellular signal at home, Yvon Paquin goes every three months on the highest peak of the area with his gear transmission. This is the only place where it can feed data about their state of health, recorded from a sensor that he always wears, to the cardiology department of Three Rivers.

    If this is appropriate to the quarterly information, on a daily basis, each night during sleep between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., that the reading should, in principle, be transmitted. Until last December, everything worked telephone line is conventional, but since then, a new technology has been adopted and all works by cell phone. Of course, you can’t go to sleep on the mountain each night over two hours to transmit the data.

    “The person can know every day, with the data they have, if the battery of the defibrillator has been lacking, said Mr. Paquin, in an interview with TVA News. If there is something that decline, they call you.”

    Two years ago, Rogers has failed to come install a tower in the area, which would have solved the problem, but the company gave it up, due to lack of profitability

    Route 155 is only very partially served by cellular. La Tuque has found a service provider to take over from Rogers, but it will take the financial assistance from Quebec and Ottawa. The patient is also gone knocking on the doors of elected officials.