Preventice is a medical software company in Minneapolis, MN that has recently collaborated with Mayo Clinic in order to bring to market a tiny, remote body monitor.

The name of this device is the BodyGuardian.

BodyGuardian, according to the website, uses wireless and smartphone technology to gathers a patient’s unique physiological data related to their health, including patient-initiated and device-detected cardiac events.

The device will also allow physicians and medical professionals securely view the recorded medical information with tablet devices like the iPad or from the web.

One of the purposes of the device is to be unobtrusive.

Judy Eastman, director of product development and management at Preventice explains,

“The goal is for the prescription device to fit into a person’s life and allow him to continue with his daily activities without noticing BodyGuardian. If the physician feels that they can’t diagnose the problem based on what the patient is saying, they may send the person home with the device.”

Specifically, the device is able to capture data relevant to a person’t heart condition on a continuous basis.

“The device is worn underneath clothes next to the skin and is able to monitor heart rate, ECG, respiratory rate and physical activity. Designed to monitor nonlethal irregular heart rhythm, the BodyGuardian collects the physiological information and transmits it using wireless and smartphone technology to a physician who can monitor a patient remotely.”

Kyle Dolbow, executive vice president of field operations mentioned that the size of the prototype shell of the device is only 45mm by 40mm. The engineers plan to get that size down to 8mm by 8mm in order to keep it as discrete as possible. The BodyGuardian will be able to fasten onto “Band-Aids” that are able to be worn for seven days.

The device has various settings  that can set the level of information that is sent. It can be set to record and transmit information when the patient is having a significant cardiac event. The device uses  Bluetooth technology to transmit the data from a variety of devices such as smartphones.

Kyle Dolbow describes how the transmissions can be set.

“We all know that physicians are bombarded by data so this device can be set for particular events for the patient. The physician gets an SMS and he can go to his iPad …and get a data slice of (the patient’s) EKG before and after the event according to a preset time window. He can set the device into the streaming mode if he needs more information for triage.”

Preventice is hoping to get FDA approval of their BodyGuardian device later in the year. If approved, physicians will have another tool  to improve patient care.

Source: MedCity News