We’ve previously reported on a novel blood pressure measurement technology by Singapore-based HealthSTATS International. In short, they’re using microscopic arterial pulse waves from the radial artery to monitor a patient’s blood pressure at the wrist.
In a partnership with HP, cellular provider SingTel, and healthcare provider Frontier Healthcare, they’ve built a system that uses a special watch to remotely monitor a patient’s blood pressure real-time through the cellular network. They’ve recently kicked off their first medical use-case trial that involves monitoring 100 patients for cardiac events.
From the press release:
In a joint effort between HP in Singapore, telecommunications giant SingTel, medical device maker HealthSTATS and Singaporean health provider Frontier Healthcare, the HP Mobile Health Monitoring Solution recently began its first, 8-week long clinical trial.
In its initial application, the solution aims to improve the early detection, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular conditions, which in 2009 accounted for more than 31 percent of all deaths in Singapore.
In the trial, 100 patients from Frontier Healthcare are wearing HealthSTATS’ wireless BPro® watch-like monitoring device. HealthSTATS software translates the patient data into meaningful clinical readings, including 24-hour blood pressure and heartbeat patterns. The information is then relayed wirelessly to a centralized healthcare data repository powered by SingTel’s cloud infrastructure.
(hat tip: MIT Technology Review)