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Medical Healthcare You Can Wear Vancive Medical Technologies helps partners personalize prevention and wellness with wearable sensors to help doctors, caregivers, and lifestyle managers monitor their health and fitness. By Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer SOURCE: VANCIVE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES I t used to be that if a doctor wanted to find out a patient's blood pressure, heart rate, or other vital signs, it would require a visit to the office or the hospital. That's all been changing with the design and maturation of wearable sensor technology that will give doctors or other caregivers the ability to monitor a person's health remotely through a patch worn on the body. The technology — from Vancive Medical Technologies, Proteus Digital Health, and others — paves the way for a range of new applications in weight management, wellness, and prevention programs that could improve a person's health and actually eliminate the need for doctor visits. "Healthcare has expanded now — there is a lot of accountability on the part of the user," said Deepak Prakash, global market segment manager of wearable sensors for Vancive. "People are participating in wellness programs. They need tools, and hospitals need better tools to deliver healthcare to maintain costs. Once you've been treated and released, (doctors) still want to monitor you especially during the risky periods so you don't get sick again." To help accomplish these goals, Vancive, best known for developing durable medical adhesives, in June 2011 licensed technology from Proteus, which last year had its ingestible sensor technology approved by the FDA for use in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The Proteus Ingestion Event Marker (IEM) can be integrated into tablets to help people keep track of when they take their medication. The sensor communicates with a patch on the skin to log the time it is taken, as well as to provide other information. Proteus developed its own adhesive-attachable patch after determining there were no devices that sufficiently addressed what the company wanted in terms of size, comfort, and cost, M12 MEDI C A L / A SU PPL E M E N T T O D E S I G N N E W S F E B R UARY 2013 Vancive's sensor system features a durable adhesive and is meant to be worn on the torso or chest near the heart. The company licensed technology from Proteus Digital Health to create the system, which can be used for healthcare monitoring and prevention, wellness, or other applications. said David O'Reilly, chief product officer at Proteus. This skin sensor is the technology Vancive has combined with its own expertise in adhesives that are built to last a week or more to design a new wearable device of its own, a 4-inch x 2-inch Band-Aid-like adhesive that can be worn on the body on the torso near the heart and monitor vital signs. "The device has multiple sensors in it," Prakash said. "Through this and through algorithms we've developed, we're able to derive physiological information from your body." Sensors in the patch can record a person's ECG (heart rate or heart variability) temperature, galvanic skin response (GSR), and activity such as the position or angle of one's body through an accelerometer, transmitting data about these physical factors via Bluetooth to caregivers. Prevention as Part of the Cure Indeed, wearable patches and even clothing that monitor a person's health are becoming the way forward for a medical in[www.designnews .com]

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