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Vital Connect, LifeWatch team up on cardiac telemetry service

Iain Morris
November 19, 2014

Remote monitoring player LifeWatch is to use a connected ‘patch’ developed by Vital Connect as part of its cardiac telemetry service for monitoring patients with arrhythmias.

LifeWatch (Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland) has developed a range of services and technologies to help doctors in diagnosing cardiac arrhythmias in patients who have had symptoms like fainting, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath and chest pain.

Vital Connect (Campbell, CA, USA) produces a small adhesive patch – the HealthPatch MD – that complements LifeWatch’s technology by allowing wearers to monitor their health.

The company says the HealthPatch MD complies with current regulations and will provide continuous “medical-grade” data that can be sent wirelessly to LifeWatch for immediate analysis.

The patch can be worn on a patient’s chest 24 hours a day at home or work and while exercising or bathing, says Vital Connect.

The vital signs it is capable of detecting include electrocardiography, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, activity (including step count) and posture (body position relative to gravity, including fall detection).

The companies claim that mobile cardiac telemetry devices have been shown to be more effective than Holter monitors or event recorders, citing recent research indicating that mobile cardiac telemetry devices detected more than twice as many arrhythmias as Holter monitors or event recorders in a retrospective review of 200,000 patients.

The partners also reckon the remote cardiac monitoring market will have grown in value by more than 25% between 2011 and 2016.

“Physicians need accurate measurements to properly diagnose a cardiac condition,” said Nersi Nazari, Vital Connect’s chief executive. “However, if patients are required to wear equipment with wires that prevents them from engaging in their regular daily activities, they will be less likely to adhere to monitoring instructions.”

“We designed HealthPatch MD as a device that patients can put on, wear comfortably and forget about for days at a time without sacrificing the quality of the real time data being collected,” added Nazari. “We are delighted to partner with an established cardiac monitoring market leader such as LifeWatch to bring this technology to patients.”
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