Product Spotlight

By Steve Barrett
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Seizure Monitor Merges Style, Function

The FDA has granted clearance to Massachusetts-based Empatica Inc. for Embrace, a smart watch that monitors for grand mal, or generalized tonic-clonic, seizures, and alerts caregivers that the wearer experiencing a seizure needs help.

The watch incorporates sleek, colorful design with functionality, according to the company.

Empatica cites a clinical study finding the device detected 100 percent of generalized tonic-clonic seizures among 135 patients who had been admitted to level 4 epilepsy-monitoring units. In addition to wearing the device, they underwent continuous video electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring. Epileptologists who used video-EEG data to label the seizures had not seen the data gathered by Embrace.

“We wanted to design the world’s first medical device that could win a design award while being used as a lifesaving product ...,” Matteo Lai, Co-founder and CEO of Empatica, said in a news release. “Cutting-edge technology and good design need to go together.”


Mobile Vital Signs Monitoring

The Lenovo Vital Moto Mod works in tandem with an app to permit users to check their core body temperature, blood pressure, breathing rate, heart rate and blood oxygen concentration.

Jointly developed by Vital USA Inc. and Lenovo Health, the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod allows a user to insert his or her finger into a cuff on the back of the small device to measure blood pressure, Medgadget reports. The app then begins the measurement.

This is the first time a device has been capable of measuring blood pressure accurately from the finger, according to Vital USA, and checking all five vital signs takes less than three minutes.

The phone displays the readings, which can be saved long term.


Real-time Surgical-force Feedback

The force applied to tissue during minimally invasive surgical (MIS) procedures can significantly affect patient outcomes and satisfaction, yet it can be difficult for surgeons to gauge the force they are exerting.

That prompted SensOR Medical Laboratories Ltd. to develop ForceFilm. Surgeons and surgical residents can add this force-sensing technology to standard MIS instruments to gain real-time feedback about the amount of force being exerted at the tip of the instrument, according to the company. ForceFilm transmits this information to the surgeon wirelessly.

The system should reduce variability and unsafe levels of force, enhance safety, and improve the efficiency of surgical training, SensOR stated in a news release, adding that 12 percent of all medical error is related to incorrect exertion of force.

“Knowledge of the amount of force applied to the tissue will allow surgeons to operate more accurately and safely and transform surgical training programs,” the company added.