MedTech Patient Monitoring Wearables

$4.2m project with GE would develop air transport vital-signs patch

The Nano-Bio Materials Consortium (NBMC) announced this week that it has launched a project with GE Research to develop a medical-grade wireless patch that monitors the vital signs of medical patients during emergency air transport.

The device would advance medical care coordination, records management and patient outcomes in aeromedical evacuation and help drive advances in consumer-based telehealth, according to the Milpitas, Calif.-based consortium. The 24-month project is funded at $4.22 million by the consortium, GE Research, the State of New York, State University of New York at Binghamton, DuPont and UES.

“This project marks a crucial advancement in aeromedical care, and accordingly, NBMC is funding another ‘dream team’ of researchers with the combined expertise, creativity and diligence to drive this initiative to successful completion,” said Ajit Manocha, president and CEO of SEMI, an electronics industry trade group that includes NMBC.

“Time is of the essence as medical personnel continuously measures and monitors vital signs of patients during emergency air transport,” added SEMI CTO and NMBC executive director Melissa Grupen-Shemansky in a news release. “That critical data needs to be collected autonomously and wirelessly, communicated precisely when doctors and nurses need it, and delivered in an easy-to-use format. The monitoring patch will break new ground in the advancement of healthcare digital technology, helping to ensure that civilians and military personnel receive the highest level of urgent care and treatment.”

Binghamton University will contribute fabrication, electrical and mechanical characterization strategies. UES will oversee patch performance assessment in simulated aeromedical evacuation environments. And the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, will provide operational testing for aeromedical evacuation, patch efficacy and performance assessment in simulated environments.

The design goals will focus on accuracy, clinical reliability, ease of use and wear, manufacturability and low cost while supporting integration with the U.S. Department of Defense’s electronic health records systems. GE Research, SEMI-NBMC and AFRL representatives will offer more details at the upcoming Virtual Smart MedTech Workshop, Biomarker Sensing and Diagnostics for Telemedicine, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26. More information is available here.


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