These Wearables Detect Health Problems Rather than Showing Simply Health Data

Electrocardiogram data transmitted from MD2K’s AutoSense chest-band is displayed on a smartphone running the mCerebrum software platform. This researcher is also wearing a MotionSense wristband.

Wearables have made quite an impact in the medical world over the past few years, and now, they’re even better than ever in that they can detect certain health problems before they happen. One device that makes this possible is called AutoSense. This chest-band, created by MD2K, transmits electrocardiogram data direct to a smartphone that has the mCeerebrum software installed.

MD2K recently won a $10.8 million investment from the National Institutes of Health to create both hardware and software solutions that could deal with the compilation and analyze of health data that’s emitted by wearable sensors. The next step after that was to use the data and sensors to predict and potentially prevent certain health issues from occurring. Although the project is primarily aimed at scientists and researchers, its tool is available for anyone to use, so could soon be used within the wearables market.

The MD2K team consists of various scientists and researchers from 12 different universities and as part of the project they created some different gadgets that gathered a variety of data from the sensors. One of these gadgets created is a smartwatch called MotionSense. This watch is capable of tracking someone’s heart rate variability by deciphering their arm movements. Another is called EasySense, and it measures lung fluid volume and heart activity through the use if a micro-radar sensor worn near the chest.

These wearables are all making a massive impact on the way treatment is administered, and conditions are monitored. A person’s stress levels can even be detected through the use if heart-rate variability data and the potentially harmful situation could be avoided. As further research continues into the benefits and uses of wearables they will become more commonly used and will inevitably change the world of healthcare as we know it.

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