In this fascinating Formula 1 Keynote, Peter van Manen explains how the data collection system used to monitor race car engines is also effective in terms of monitoring heart rates. Manen says that this software keeps track of the way an engine functions, alerting drivers of immediate changes.
Manen states that this software works the same way when installed in hospital monitors. Before a cardiac arrest takes place there are signs that point to something going wrong. This technology quickly picks up on those signs and better alerts doctors and nurses of the changes. This is important because after signs of distress show up, both in hearts and in engines, there is only a short period of time to fix the problem.
Manen says that this technology has been placed in a few children's hospitals and has helped to save lives. Manen suggests that in a few years this data collection software could be available on smartphones.