Medgadget has learned that an MIT medical device startup Hemetrics is developing a glucometer-like monitor of hydration.
From the company’s proposal that was submitted to MIT:
Hemetrics is developing a unique handheld product, HydrAlert, for inexpensively ($800 per unit), rapidly (6 seconds) and accurately (99%) putting a number on dehydration, making it easier to recognize and treat, and greatly reducing the costs from a missed diagnosis…
Measurement of sodium ion concentration in blood is a gold standard for detecting dehydration and its opposing malady, hyponatremia (overhydration). Blood sodium ion concentration is measured in a droplet of blood applied to a specially coated test strip and then inserted into the HydrAlert device. The test strip chemistry is proprietary and protected by provisional patent filings. The successfully proven diabetes business model will be used to detect something new: dehydration.