The CardiNova Heart Disease Recorder, a wearable device no larger than a band-aid, was developed by Singular Wings Medical Co to protect wearers against sudden heart attacks by recording cardiovascular symptoms.
The device is unobtrusively embedded in a self-adhesive patch which collects data as you move around. Based on the data it collect, it makes it possible for wearers to live longer and healthier lives.
The value of wearable medical devices
Studies have shown that between 1980 and 2013, medical advancements helped add more than five years to the U.S. life expectancy rate, with heart disease fatalities cut by 59%.
Since the rise of Fitbits, Jawbones and Garmin, the wearable medical device market has exploded as consumers begin to take more responsibility for their own health.
According to the latest report by Market Research Future, the trend is not going to die out any time soon. The market is set to rise to a valuation of more than $27.2 billion (R406 billion) within the next four years.
How the CardiNova works
The CardiNova functions as a heart disease recorder to solve a very real worldwide problem: cardiovascular disease (CVD), which more than 17.9m people die of every year, according to the World Health Organization.
Cardiovascular disease accounts for roughly 31% of all deaths worldwide as most of the symptoms – such as physical discomfort and dizziness – often go unnoticed.
CardiNova wearers can monitor symptoms by attaching the device on their chest via a patch of fabric. There is a button at the front of the device that wearers can press when they experience signs of a heart attack.
This activates the device. Two electrodes pick up cardiovascular readings as electrical signals while a microprocessor unit processes the signal data.
Watch: The CardiNova in action
The results then feed through to a proprietary mobile app, in real-time. The app’s algorithm will then eliminate the noise created by “motion, contact deviation and the like”, to generate precise readings.
Reporting and emergency contacts
Data collected includes heart rate, fitness level, mood and behavior, cardiac rhythm information, and more. The app can also be used to compile a health report with the large amounts of data collected over time.
This helps to easily and correctly identify the main symptom. The system raises the alarm and sends notifications to stored contacts on the user’s smartphone in case of an emergency so that immediate action can be taken.
With the CardiNova set to reduce the risk of sudden death from cardiovascular disease, Singular Wings Medical Co is a startup worth watching at Slush 2019 and in the health wearables market.