The UK-based startup, Isansys Lifecare, has created several wireless sensors that continuously monitor patients. One of the sensors is Lifetouch, a small bandage-like strip that adhere to the patient’s body to provide accurate and continuous real-time heart rate, respiration rate and heart rate variability. The wireless sensors mean that data can be collected while the child is playing or is with its parents, giving a less stressful hospital stay. At the same time, the continuous monitoring help doctors and nurses to reallocate resources where it is needed the most, and provide a more targeted response.
|The Lifetouch wireless sensor monitor heart rate, respiration|
rate and heart rate variability continuously in real time, and
is developed for patients of all ages.
The sensor was recently used in a clinical study in 41 patients aged between five months and 14 years, where it was compared with traditional bedside equipment. The study not only proved the concept of continuous monitoring, but it highlighted that the development of specific paediatric sensors would help improve patient comfort and compliance.
What makes this solution unique is not the sensors themselves, but the entire system. Isansys has developed a platform and a service with the potential to change healthcare as we know it. Wireless monitors could have a wide application, and it can help save money currently spent on expensive monitors and allow more patients to be treated at home. The data collected could even be used to find new and better treatments for a variety of conditions, and the system could lead to faster and more targeted responses that can save lives and shorten hospital stays.
Isansys is currently working with healthcare providers to further develop their technology, and work to meet all of the clinical needs and ensure that patients and their families feel comfortable at all times.