Some wearable devices have been proposed for use in temporary hospitals or in aged care or in the home, however they are limited in the parameters they can measure, their level of accuracy and their cost, as well as their wearability.
We are developing a comfortable, easy to use, low cost, wearable chest and abdominal belt that incorporates sensors that can measure medical grade temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate and importantly can measure body position, change in the volume of air the patient is breathing and the amount of effort they need to take a breath – key parameters in understanding COVID 19 progression in patients.
We are now adding to the system, an oximetry sensor as well as our proprietary 12mm “morphic dot” sensors that can measure force, displacement and sounds and adding additional key respiratory and cardiac parameters such as blood oxygen levels and the ability to detect coughing, wheezing and murmurs.
“Morphic Dots” provide backup information on heart rate and respiratory rate and the new sensor dot has also been shown during bench testing to be able to measure blood pressure changes. By combining these sensors, the complete system will give Doctors and Nurses unique insights into the patient’s health without having to go near the patient.
The proposed system is a complete, virtual and wearable remote patient monitoring system. The data can be sent to a cloud database via a smartphone app. The data in the cloud can be viewed using a dedicated Clinical dashboard.
In summary, the value propositions are:
Valuable clinical information needed for remote clinical assessment in an “all- in-one” vital signs monitoring device.
Data is acquired continuously and automatically with minimal human interjection
Low cost – can be rolled out in high volume in remote locations – aged care facilities, home use
The clinical dashboard provides efficient, easy viewing and review of many patients.
Big data acquired can be used for artificial intelligence for population health management and as a predictive tool for additional triaging of patients
Comfortable to wear, no finger or arm cuffs, no adhesive electrodes. Easily worn, washed and reused by the patient.