It’s been announced that the Mayo Clinic has once again teamed with mobile app provider Preventice to create an mHealth solution. Unlike the last partnership the two organizations aren’t working on an app, but rather a remote monitoring device called “Body Guardian” — which is being developed to monitor irregular heart rhythms.
The new device is meant to be worn unnoticeable under one’s clothing and tracks heart and respiratory rates, ECG, physical activity and other vital signs. Using the patients smartphone, the data is transmitted back to a physician. The system can be setup to monitor regular rhythms and only send data back to a physician when irregularities and/or cardiac events are detected.
Though targeted at those with known heart disease, the new device will also be used to diagnose patients with such conditions. ”If the physician feels that they can’t diagnose the problem based on what the patient is saying, they may send the person home with the device,” product development director Judy Eastman told MedCity. The device is currently in clinical trials in both the U.S. and Europe, according to Preventice, and will be submitted to the FDA for clearance later in the year.