(March 2014-Updated July 2014) iMedicalApps reviews new, promising biometrics patches — post-op, chronic care, vital signs
It’s a first-stage world with concepts, drawings, specs and prototypes, engineering models and new digital devices to monitor and ‘biosense’.
The scanning capabilities are just beginning.
Whether it’s you or your produce department and monitoring for GMO or pesticide residue, don’t underestimate what’s being developed.
Take this one for example
and these “Biosensor HealthPatches” in front of the biometrics application market.
iMA continues its wide ranging work enabling its med associates and members to evaluate a wide range of new healthcare applications, medical devices and technology-based systems and therapies.
As we recently discussed on DigiBody, sensor devices/apps can be very beneficial for post-hospitalization and/or chronic condition monitoring and provide effective patient-doctor communication and treatment.
The developments of HealthPatch and other multi-faceted wearable sensors demonstrate potential applications in two categories.
The first is simple replacement of existing technology. If EMS applied this type of sensor to a patient in the field, not only could patients be remotely monitored as they are en route but really important data could be captured.
Another replacement example is cardiac monitoring – these types of devices can replace ‘Holter/Event’ monitors and the bulky units used in many hospitals. They are far less intrusive and can collect the same data (and more).
The other category involves novel applications. For example, the potential applications to help support elderly patients with multiple medical issues is promising. Its not hard to imagine how a combination of fall detection, activity tracking, and vital signs monitoring could be used to enable more effective remote care. Additionally, given the ample data about the use of pedometers in promoting healthy behavior change, additional targets like a composite activity level or caloric expenditure could be equally useful.
Vital Connect is providing an API for others to capture and use the data being collected by the HealthPatch. While its API is restricted, its availability does hopefully open the door to many other potential, as yet unimagined, uses as well.
July 7, 2014 — Vital Connect announced its HealthPatch MD biosensor has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance. The solution is capable of capturing clinical-grade biometric measurements and is the first FDA-cleared medical device that includes a fall detection feature. Designed to support the treatment of a range of diseases and conditions, the HealthPatch MD is a versatile and comprehensive biosensor solution that may be used by healthcare professionals to provide 24-hour, real-time, unattended monitoring of patients’ physiological data or vital signs.
Combined with Vital Connect’s proprietary algorithms, the sensor’s technologies enable the device to provide clinical-grade measurements of the following core health metrics: single-lead ECG (electrocardiogram), heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, posture including fall detection and severity, and steps. The HealthPatch MD leverages on-board intelligence to perform sophisticated, proprietary SensorFusion algorithms, which process thousands of data points per minute to produce accurate robust measurements.
The HealthPatch MD is intended to be less obtrusive than other sensors, can be customized for data reporting, operates on Bluetooth 4.0 and provides HIPPA-compliant cloud-based storage and connectivity.
Originally Published on: Mar 3, 2014
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