Recently at CES 2014, iHealth Lab, a subsidiary of Andon Health, presented three new continuous monitoring wearable health devices. They include an ambulatory ECG device, a blood pressure monitoring vest and a pulse oximeter wristband device.
Traditionally, ambulatory heart monitoring has been used to determine the cause of palpitations and syncope and, to a lesser degree, to identify burdens of known atrial or ventricular arrhythmias. Continuous ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is another useful tool that not only helps separate white coat hypertension from essential hypertension. Additionally, data collected on blood pressure variability and nocturnal hypertension has important prognostic implications.
Unlike ambulatory heart rate and blood pressure monitoring, continuous ambulatory pulse oximetry has less of an established use though one could imagine use in some areas like sleep apnea.
Here, we’ll quickly review these three new offerings.