This isn't "new news", dated May 2010, but I just stumbled across it, so I thought I'd pass it along. Body Area Networks (BANs) are the newer, more intimate successor to the Personal Area Networks (PANs) that Bluetooth was going to engender. As a person approaching the age where cardiac care becomes a hot topic, I'm hoping that BANs achieve and exceed the success of the PAN concept.
Imec and Holst Centre, together with TASS software professionals have developed a mobile heart monitoring system that allows to view your electrocardiogram on an Android mobile phone. The innovation is a low-power interface that transmits signals from a wireless ECG (electrocardiogram or heart monitoring)-sensor system to an android mobile phone. With this interface, imec, Holst Centre and TASS are the first to demonstrate a complete Body Area Network (BAN) connected to a mobile phone enabling reliable long-term ambulatory monitoring of various health parameters such as cardiac performance (ECG), brain activity (EEG), muscle activity (EMG), etc.