Vital Connect (San Jose, CA) just announced that the FDA cleared its HealthPatch MD sensor for monitoring patients while they’re at home. The device sticks to the chest and continuously records a one lead ECG, heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, as well as the temperature of the skin. It also has an accelerometer built in that senses the person’s posture and can detect falls. The sensor itself is reusable, while a disposable patch, which comes with a choice of three adhesives, is used to stick it onto the chest.
The sensor, which has a battery life between 48 and 72 hours, can share its readings with another device via Bluetooth 4.0.
In chronic care situations, HealthPatch™MD enables home health care professionals to monitor patients on a 24-hour basis. In addition to checking vital signs during scheduled visits, health care professionals will now be connected to their patients between visits. HealthPatch™MD will make it possible for caregivers to receive notifications on changes in patient conditions when physiological data falls outside selected parameters via a smartphone or other device.
The HealthPatch™ MD weighs only 10 g and is only 6 mm (0.24”) thick. This light and thin form factor is comfortable for patients and less obtrusive than conventional monitoring equipment. The data reporting may be customized by a healthcare professional to meet the needs of an individual patient. The sensor uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to a relay or smartphone and the relay transfers information by Wi-Fi to the cloud meeting HIPPA and cyber security guidelines.
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