Amrita University Launches Wearable Health Monitoring Device

Amrita University, a private university in India, has launched a wearable health monitoring device for home use.

WHAT IT DOES

Developed by Amrita’s Center for Wireless Networks and Applications, Amrita Spandanam is a wearable device that uses a finger clip to measure six body parameters: blood glucose, blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen, respiratory rate, and 6-lead EKG. According to a press statement, it is built with proprietary AI algorithms that process differential light signals to deliver vital body measurements in “less than a minute.”

The smartphone-connected device delivers results via the cloud, allowing physicians to access patient parameters remotely. In addition, the wearable device integrates multiple learning models to predict the potential deterioration of a user’s health.

dr. Maneesha V Ramesh, head of the research team behind the device, said the technology has been tested on about 1,000 patients at Amrita Hospital in Kochi and other remote clinics in Kerala state. It was deployed at Amrita Hospital last year to enable remote monitoring of patients with severe COVID-19.

Weeks ago, Amrita signed a partnership with local startup Tranquility IoT & Big Data Solutions to manufacture and sell its wearable device.

WHY IT MATTER

Amrita touts several uses for his wearable device. First, Amrita Spandanam provides a “non-invasive, needle-free” way for approximately 77 million Indian patients with diabetes to regularly monitor their blood glucose levels.

According to the university, the device also serves as an alternative to bedside monitors. According to Dr. Ramesh, it can help patients in rural and remote areas to monitor their vital signs on their own without the help of a health professional. “The data can be sent to any doctor remotely via the Internet and teleconsultation [can be] launched in the app itself, allowing the patient to receive prescriptions and guidance remotely,” she added.

In addition, Amrita said their device can also be used as a decision support tool that provides early warnings for acute hypotensive episodes, sepsis, sleep apnea and atrial fibrillation.

MARKET SNAPSHOT

The latest health monitoring technology is a contactless vital sign monitoring tool developed by an Israeli company binah.ai. Applied to smartphones, tablets and laptops, the video-based AI technology measures not only a user’s blood pressure, but also heart rate, heart rate variability, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, sympathetic stress, parasympathetic activity and pulse respiration.

Meanwhile, in the wearable technology space, Samsung has gradually blood pressure measurement and EKG monitoring capabilities for its consumer smartwatches worldwide last year. Peloton recently launched a bracelet that doubles as a Bluetooth heart rate monitor. The device uses optical sensors to detect heart rate and has five LED lights that display the heart rate zone, Bluetooth connectivity status and battery charge.