In today’s high-tech world of smart phones, digital music players and handheld gaming devices, it’s only natural that we’d expect the same from our medical devices. Machines that once were the size of a piece of furniture now fit in the palm of your hand… and are more powerful. Integration of new technologies continue to find their place in new medical devices which drive features up and prices down. This trend benefits all of us by making these devices practical for home use and ease of operation. New medical devices utilized in the home healthcare markets will improve our care and reduce costs to individuals.A perfect example is the pulse oximeter. Once found only in hospitals, pulse oximeters consisted of a sensor – usually clipped to a finger – that were wired to a machine that resembled a home computer.Today, many pulse oximeters consist of the fingertip sensor… and that’s it! All of the computing, the digital readout, even the power source, fit in a single small package. Many options are available to custom tailor oximeters to your individual needs. Fingertip sensors, batteries and memory size are just a few of the configurable items on new pulse oximeters.Pulse Oximeters are devices used to monitor pulse rate and the amount of oxygen in the blood. They are an essential device for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other respiratory conditions. People receiving supplemental oxygen find these devices ideal for monitoring their O2 intake.Pulse oximeters were once too large and expensive for most people to have in their homes, but now many at-home versions of these medical devices are available to consumers. Models include fingertip, wristwatch style and handheld units. Many feature full color LED readouts for easy viewing.They are perfect for the patient who is always on the go, and needs to be able to monitor their blood wherever they are. They fit perfectly in a purse or a jacket pocket and run on triple A batteries. More advanced models run on rechargeable Lithium Ion batteries, have a memory feature and can interface with your home computer to generate reports for your doctor.But the best part about today’s fingertip pulse oximeters is they are affordable. Models start at under $30, including shipping.With these options available, it is easier than ever for patients to keep a close tab on their blood-oxygen levels and stay healthy and confident.