The measurement of vital signs such as pulse and breath sounds has been the cornerstone of medical practice since time immemorial. Professional clinical practice and accurate diagnosis hinges on clear understanding of the current health condition of the subject. This begins with accurate and reliable measurement of essential vital signs such as pulse, body temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, etc.
Advances in information and communication technology allows for accurate, reliable estimation of vital parameters, thereby making continued vitals monitoring an integral part of medicine. Recent advancements in mobile computing and widespread connectivity have opened hitherto unforeseen possibilities for remote health monitoring and value added clinical services in many application areas. While connectivity-enabled technology solutions for health monitoring have traditionally focused on well-being applications outside of clinical settings, there has been very little penetration of these in a hospital setting.
HTIC developed EAS based ECG patch along with international collaborators to obtain clinically relevant ECG using EAS lead system with wireless connectivity, along with activity and temperature monitoring. The device connects wirelessly to a gateway device (smartphone/tablet) via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology and streams raw ECG, accelerometer data and temperature to the gateway. The gateway device pushes data on to the cloud application which runs algorithm for detection of abnormal behaviour and provides visualisation options for clinicians.