Android-based Healthcare Smartphone Packed with Medical Sensors

LifeWatch V: Android-based Healthcare Smartphone Packed with Medical Sensors

LifeWatch AG (Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland) has presented the LifeWatch V, a feature-packed healthcare smartphone for patients and health conscious consumers. At its core, the LifeWatch V is a pretty standard Android-based phone. However, what sets it apart is the presence of a plethora of medical sensors powering seven health tests, combined with wellness-related applications and cloud-based services. The health tests are operated by placing a finger on one of the sensors, allowing users to measure, track and analyze their medical measurements, take corrective action, plan meals, activities and more.

The tests include one-lead ECG, body temperature, blood glucose, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, body fat percentage and stress levels as expressed by heart rate variability. Each medical test is presented as an application and, in addition, there are diet applications and programmable reminders for medications. All collected data is automatically and securely saved to a remote server and can be retrieved from the cloud for follow-up anytime, anywhere. Results and historical data can be shared with doctors, family or others on the user’s request through e-mail or text message.

All-in-all, we think the LifeWatch V looks like a very promising device that is definitely one to watch out for. Until the LifeWatch V most of the included tests required the use of often expensive and bulky dedicated devices. Even if you only need a blood glucose meter, this phone already gives you the advantage of not having to carry around a second device while being always connected. For the tech-junkies in us, one disappointment is that the phone is only running the now antiquated Android version 2.3, but other than that it features most essential smartphone functions. There is no information on pricing or availability yet, but LifeWatch intends to launch the healthcare solution smartphone world-wide in collaboration with local partners.

NEUHAUSEN AM RHEINFALL, Switzerland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LifeWatch AG (SIX Swiss Exchange: LIFE), the leading wireless cardiac monitoring service and home sleep test provider in the U.S., presents today LifeWatch V, the world’s first-of-its-kind healthcare smartphone. The fully featured state-of-the-art smartphone allows patients as well as health- and wellbeing-conscious consumers to self-operate a wide range of highly valuable embedded medical sensors, wellness-related applications, cloud-based services and 24/7 call center support.

As a next step of its product and geographical diversification LifeWatch presents today LifeWatch V, the world’s first fully featured smartphone which operates on an android OS. The state-of-the-art solution offers multiple sophisticated embedded medical miniature sensors, wellness-related applications, cloud-based services and 24/7 call center support. By using the barely visible sensors on the phone’s frame, patients as well as health- and wellbeing conscious consumers can track, capture, collect and analyze their health and medical measurements anywhere anytime. The features include ECG, body temperature, blood glucose, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, body fat percentage and stress levels (heart rate variability). All collected data can be retrieved from the cloud for a follow-up anytime anywhere. Users can thus take corrective action, plan their diets and activities, securely share the information with a health provider or family member, trend and analyze the data and more. Patients are also able to program the unit to remind them of their drug type, dose and intake time.

LifeWatch V with add-on service offering

LifeWatch V was designed with a flexible service-product ecosystem in mind, allowing easy integration of services. The LifeWatch V handset unit includes a service enablement platform to support the transmission of medical data to be analyzed, evaluated and communicated to health professionals and call center personnel around the clock. The device wirelessly interacts with a cloud-based environment allowing users direct access to a wide range of valuable complementary medical and wellness related services.

Strategic alliances with local partners

Smartphones are positioned to overtake many computing functions that were reserved to computers alone. More importantly, the smartphone has emerged as an intimate device consumers carry with them anywhere and anytime, making it an ideal vehicle to let users self-test their health, especially users with an interest in the medical field. Recent market developments have witnessed the emergence of health-dedicated cellular phones.

Based on a full and complete Go-to-Market analysis LifeWatch intends to launch the healthcare solution smartphone world-wide. In the initial markets LifeWatch has identified several local partners to enter into strategic partnerships.

Source : http://www.lifewatchv.com/

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