Coala monitors hearts and lungs of home quarantined patients
April 21, 2020
Swedish digital health company Coala Life, as supported by the US FDA's Emergency Guidance, can let physicians monitor the hearts and lungs of patients quarantined at home due to Covid-19.
It has expanded the use of the device so physicians can remotely, in real time, monitor patients' hearts and lung sounds.
The heart monitor makes it possible for home quarantined patients to monitor their heart and record their lung sounds in just 60s while their physicians can remotely read the analysed data. The small wireless device allows a physician to view a patient's electrocardiogram (ECG) as well as listen to their respiratory sounds without the patient ever leaving home.
Unlike conventional medical devices that often require hospital-based enrolment, the Coala can be activated from the patient's homes, eliminating the need of patches or wires.
Due to the fast-spreading Covid-19, devices such as the Coala heart monitor are in high demand to allow home-based management of high-risk patients with coronary and pulmonary diseases and those of advanced age.
"The Coala device was developed and validated in Sweden based on over ten years of research," said Coala Life founder and president Philip Siberg. "It truly enables telemedicine with the ability to monitor respiratory sounds and cardiac related conditions in the safety of patient's homes and help eliminate the need for patient office visits."
The unique respiratory monitor will be made available by prescription for existing and new Coala users in the USA and selected EU markets, supported by the FDA's new enforcement policy striving to support patient monitoring during the Covid-19 public health emergency.
"The Coala Heart Monitor was introduced in Scandinavia in 2017 for cardiac patients and only recently in the USA,” said Siberg. “The FDA's new guidance has just enabled us to expand the use for respiratory auscultation as well. The Coala device is smartphone powered with an integrated, high-performance wireless stethoscope, and a synchronous high resolution two-lead ECG, which allows for real-time remote diagnostics of arrhythmias, forms of congenital heart disease and certain respiratory disorders."