Our First Life Saved
Veteran computing industry executive and BraveHeart CEO Steve McCalmont first began experimenting with the concept of the BraveHeart Life Sensor™ in response to a family member’s struggles with heart disease. McCalmont envisioned a wireless, low-profile, everyday-wear patch that could gather a broad range of biometric information such as cardiac function, skin temperature, and electrodermal activity – all with a self-contained patch not much bigger than a standard bandage. But McCalmont also contends with cardiac issues, and in a twist of fate, it was his life that the prototype BraveHeart Life Sensor™ would soon save.
Mr. McCalmont was being treated for reflux due to intermittent chest discomfort that had no apparent link to exercise. When the pain became more frequent, his cardiologist ordered a cardiac stress test, which revealed nothing. He was given a diagnosis of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and sent on his way.
That weekend, the pain worsened, leading McCalmont to contact his doctor once more. The cardiologist recommended he take a nitroglycerin pill if the pain continued and arranged to see him the following week. McCalmont complied, but quickly found he was taking a pill every two hours to keep the pain at bay. When he mentioned the frequency to a nurse he knew, she insisted he head to the ER immediately. “I still wasn’t convinced it was a cardiac issue because GERD can be relieved by nitroglycerin, but I decided to heed my friend’s advice nonetheless,” McCalmont recalls.
McCalmont applied a prototype BraveHeart Life Sensor™ to monitor his heart. Checking the information captured by the patch, McCalmont could see abnormalities in his EKG. McCalmont showed the cardiologist the EKG from his patch, which revealed an arrhythmia, leading the cardiologist to immediately admit him for an angiogram. “For days, I really doubted that I was having any sort of cardiac event, and my story could have ended quite differently had I not applied the BraveHeart patch. But the Life Sensor™ captured evidence of my arrhythmia – information I was able to share with my physician immediately – and he was able to intervene, saving me from a potentially fatal heart attack.”
The surgery was life-saving, and McCalmont is convinced his story is not a one-off. The potential medical applications for BraveHeart’s Life Sensor™ are myriad, he contends, and the number of lives the technology could help to save are limited only by the imagination. Indeed, McCalmont and his team fervently believe their device has the potential to transform the practice of medicine entirely.
The BraveHeart Life Sensor™ is much more than a medical device; it’s really the ultimate ‘Internet of Things’ device, McCalmont explains. Its power rests in its everyday wear form factor with multi-sensory flexibility; analytics capabilities; 1-N capacity; sharing capacity; and open architecture. Encapsulated in a simple adhesive patch, BraveHeart’s Life Sensor™ technology allows for monitoring of such functions as heart rate, pulse, blood oxygen and skin temperature and can also provide clinical quality electrocardiogram and electrodermal activity data. It also contains an accelerometer, valuable tools for determining whether the wearer is moving as well as upright or prone.
This diverse array of testing and data-gathering options positions the device to be a game changer for practitioners in specialties from cardiology and ER medicine to geriatrics and behavioral health. But as anyone in medicine knows, data alone means nothing. It’s the information you glean from that data that makes it valuable, and this is where BraveHeart shines. The Life Sensor™ not only gathers large amounts of data, but also wirelessly ports it into an end-user’s customized analytics program using cloud computing. The end result: data that’s quickly converted into clinically actionable information that healthcare providers can use to diagnose and treat patients.
To make that analysis easy, BraveHeart has created an open application programming interface and cloud architecture that allows OEM partners to customize applications in whatever way they desire. “Our strength lies in the ability to get the right data to the right people at the right time,” says McCalmont, “as evidenced by my personal case”. Of equal importance is BraveHeart’s portability; the Life Sensor™ is easily utilized in an in-patient or out-patient setting – simply apply the adhesive strip and go.
Given this flexibility, the mind races with possible applications for the technology. Suddenly, gathering an array of vital information from a patient in virtually any environment is much easier. Further, the Life Sensor’s™ Bluetooth capabilities make it viable for usage in remote healthcare applications and its small size makes it economically feasible for dissemination on a wide scale.
At a time when healthcare professionals are swimming in data, the ability to easily wrap smart diagnostics around raw numbers and turn them into life information—anytime and anywhere – is priceless. “We’re creating value on the scale of life,” says McCalmont in a rush of enthusiasm. “We’re going to help a lot of people.”