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