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Mayo Clinic-inspired Preventice monitor adapts in market

  
  
  

BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring System In response to feedback from doctors, a Rochester firm has ramped up its wearable medical monitor's ability to point out irregularities.

Preventice Inc. shipped out its wearable BodyGuardian monitor to their first customers this summer. The innovative remote medical monitor, based on research licensed from Mayo Clinic, is used to track nonlethal arrhythmia or irregular heartbeats.

BodyGuardian collects data via two small monitors worn on a patient's skin. The sensors are paired with a dedicated cellphone that allows doctors to check on a patient's heart rate at any time through a secure website. It also records it all for later study.

Because patients wear the device continuously for days or weeks as they go about their daily life, it allows doctors to record more electrocardiograph data than ever before.

Early users found that BodyGuardian worked well, but sifting through that much ECG data is very time-consuming. That feedback prompted Preventice's team to add 17 additional types of arrhythmia to the five that it originally identified. The update was made earlier this month.

BodyGuardian"We've added a layer of intelligence into our system, so we can point a doctor to look at a specific minute on a ECG strip," said Michael Emerson, Preventice's senior vice president of marketing.

Emerson said while the product functioned well, users said something needed to be done to streamline analyzing the hours of data. Without more analysis capabilities, Preventice would have a more difficult sell to get medical professionals to use the device.

"Basically, we introduced a car without air conditioning. It drives fine, but it gets too hot," explained Emerson. "This capability that we added is the final piece we needed to make this a viable commercial product."

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24/7 Health: Transmit Vital Signs in Real Time

  
  
  

Like a personal cardiologist, the newest STMicroelectronics technology allows constant, real-time monitoring of heart activity.
By Chris Warren

BodyGuardian, Remote Monitoring SystemMost people can’t bring a cardiologist with them everywhere they go. But for those who have medical conditions such as cardiac arrhythmia — also known as an irregular heartbeat — continuous monitoring by a physician can be an invaluable tool for identifying and treating problems before they get serious, reducing the need for expensive and potentially risky procedures.

Thanks to technology provided by semiconductor company STMicroelectronics NV (NYSE: STM), this sort of highly personalized, 24/7 medical attention is now available. ST worked with a leading Minnesota-based medical clinic and Preventice, a company dedicated to improving health-care outcomes, to develop Preventice’s BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring System. BodyGuardian utilizes ST’s sophisticated MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) sensors to build a patch that can be worn on a patient’s body to send vital information about heart, respiration and activity rates directly to a physician’s mobile phone or desktop computer.

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Mayo device helps monitor heart patients from afar

  
  
  

The mobile health monitor marketplace got a new entrant last week: the BodyGuard Remote Monitoring System, from Preventice.

Preventice's first product, which incorporates a Mayo Clinic algorithm, goes beyond the exercise space and monitors heart rhythms, respiration and activity with a small system that consists of a peel-and-stick patch that transmits information to a phone that comes along with the kit. The FDA 510(k) device then sends the patient information to a third party which crunches the data. Preventice marketing EVP Michael Emerson tells MM&M that while ECG monitoring is the current focus, the device has the potential to be a springboard into something more.

“This is the first device of what will be a family of devices that will line up according to what a doctor wants to order monitored," says Emerson. "Whatever ailment you might have, we will have something that will keep track of it and hopefully keep you safer, healthier and more comfortable.”

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Wall Street Journal Online features the Commercial Release of BodyGuardian Remote Patient Monitoring System™

  
  
  

MINNEAPOLIS, May 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Preventice, Inc., a leading developer of mHealth solutions, announced today the commercial availability of its BodyGuardian Remote Patient Monitoring System (BodyGuardian RMS). Preventice received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August 2012, enabling the mobile health solutions company to market BodyGuardian for use in detecting and monitoring non-lethal cardiac arrhythmias for ambulatory patients.

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Developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, the BodyGuardian System uses sophisticated algorithms to support remote monitoring for individuals with cardiac arrhythmias. The BodyGuardian System allows physicians to monitor key biometrics outside of the clinical setting, while patients go about their daily lives. A small body sensor attached to the patient's chest collects important data, including ECG, heart rate, respiration rate, and activity level. Patient data can then be transmitted to physicians via mobile phone technology. This level of remote patient monitoring can create a constant connection between patients and their care teams.

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CEOCFO magazine's interview with Preventice CEO, Jon Otterstatter

  
  
  

By Lynn Fosse, CEOCFO Magazine, January 7, 2013

Bringing to Market, solutions based on their mHealth Platform that incorporates Mobile, Tablet, Cloud and Physiological Monitoring Technologies for Early Screening and Diagnosis through Completion of Care, Preventice is helping Health Care Providers Achieve Higher-Quality Outcomes. Read More>

Remote heart monitor device could improve ER triage, orthopedics surgical care (video)

  
  
  

By , MedCity News, Dec 27, 2012

 A remote heart monitor to detect irregular heart rhythms that secured 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration could lower healthcare costs by reducing the time patients spend in the hospital when they are diverted to cardiac care and away from the emergency room or orthopedics surgery. Read More>


Preventice, Mayo gear up to launch high-tech body sensor

  
  
  

By , Business Journal, Dec 27, 2012

Preventice, a Minneapolis-based tech startup, and Mayo Clinic are preparing to market a high-tech sensor that can track irregular heart beats, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports.

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Remote monitoring firm excited about future

  
  
  

By Jeff Kiger, The Post-Bulletin, Dec 26, 2012

A local firm featuring a Mayo Clinic-created remote monitor is on the forefront of using new technology to improve medical care.

Preventice, a medical technology firm with its main development site in Rochester, is gearing up for a big year with the start of the commercial push of its BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring. Read More>

Samsung and Apple Duel in Enterprise Tech

  
  
  

By , Business Week, December 13, 2012

Last summer, health-care startup Preventice asked Samsung Electronics if it would create a custom version of its popular Galaxy S II phone. Preventice was putting the finishing touches on a product that used a smartphone to transmit data from a patient’s heart monitor to a doctor, and it needed Samsung to disable downloads, which might interfere with a cellular connection. In less than six weeks Samsung made the necessary changes and agreed to pick up roughly $40,000 in engineering costs. “I saw a huge company with huge resources move very quickly,” says Preventice Chief Executive Officer Jon Otterstatter. “Samsung was very aggressive.” Read More>

M2M-Enabled Healthcare for Asthma, Heart Patients

  
  
  

Connected World Magazine, Dec 6, 2012

What would you think if told that someday you might use a smartphone app to monitor your asthma? Or perhaps you might have a video conference with your doctor instead of going to a clinic. It might even be the case that after surgery M2M-enabled devices will monitor your body for complications. While these may sound like futuristic technologies, they are all within the realm of reality. Read more>

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