VitalLink family of remote medical monitoring systems
The VitalLink3 is highly flexible medical monitoring system that can be configured with medical sensor applicable to the use case. Data can be sent from the VitalLink3 over any data connection to the VitalNet server network from which one or several medical professionals can review the information live. Captures of the incoming data can be exported to 3rd party medical record systems.
Onboard a US bound United Airlines flight in 1996 TeleMedic System transmitted medical data (BP, temp, spot and EKG) from a VitalLink1200 to waiting medical professionals on the ground.
While a breakthrough, the VitalLink1200 had 3 problems first, it was heavy and had short battery life, second the sensors were obsolete by the time of the flight and third data access was very limited.
The VitalLink3 was developed to address these issues, the weight of the new system 5 pounds down from over 20, battery life up to 6 hours instead of 30 minutes. Using an open architecture 3rd party best in class sensors were hosted instead of products developed in house and finally the VitalNet was developed as a secure repository for data sent from the VitalLink. The VitalNet service provides both real time and post event review of the data by any number of professionals that have access to the secure system.
The VitalLink system also the ability to control and interact with other medical devices and systems, for example a doctor can command the VitalLink3 to take a BP reading by a simple click. In another application the VitalLink system can pull data from a electronic patient record (EPR), combine it with data from a spirometer test and submit the results back the EPR, removing the possibility for errors and completing the entire process in a few minutes instead of hours.
The VitalLink3 flexible architecture offers a platform that can communicate with best in class medical sensors without costly and time consuming changes to the unit itself, saving the owner money while at the same time providing the most current capability available.in a relatively short period of time.
It is important to note that data is sent via proprietary 64 bit encryption that requires very little bandwidth (2.4 kbps) thus allowing use over simple SatCom handsets. Bandwidth requirements will increase depending on the medical sensors included in the system but remain minimal compared to the use of many applications.
Category of Innovation
Digital Health - A digital health solution is a technology-based solution whose user is caring for or providing care for themselves (think of a personal app) or another individual (such as a doctor using a tool to help their patient)
Intended End User
Patient - Individuals who receive health care
Provider - Individuals or organizations responsible for providing care to patients (e.g. doctors, nurses, hospital/clinic administrators, etc.)
Purchaser - Organizations responsible for purchasing health benefits for a population of people (e.g. employers or government entities)
Startup - newly established business, investable
Vendor - i.e. established company, non-startup
Problem (i.e. barrier, issue, complication, etc.) being solved for the end user
Delivering medical care, either emergency response or monitoring, to remote locations offshore, in the air, to isolated communities and during natural disaster response is difficult and often impractical in terms of having resources on hand to render aide.
Idea/solution to the problem, if applicable
As a configurable system the VitalLink3 can be coupled with 3rd party products that will best support the primary use. For example, for remote clinical applications, BP, SPO2, temp, weight scales and blood glucose monitoring could be augmented with a spirometer, the resulting data could be sent over a SatCom phone. For emergency responses BP, SPO2, temp and EKG could be supported by mobile data link. Additional capabilities such a digital stethoscopes, blood testing and ultrasound data captures are in work
Level of adoption (i.e. list of customers/users, testimonials, etc.), if applicable
The VitalLink3 system has been deployed on private aircraft and vessels. Is used extensively for emergency monitoring in the offshore oil and gas industry by McDermott and others. Has been coupled with a Thuraya SatCom in support of oil exploration efforts. Most recently suites of 8 units have been integrated within altitude training chambers built by Environmental Tectonics Co for monitoring trainees during decompression training.
Impact (i.e. measurable outcomes), if applicable
Originally designed for emergency use, today the VitalLink3 is most often used to monitor the current state of an individuals health. Due to privacy laws or the regulations of the users we do not receive feedback.
One event that can be shared occurred during a user training class, a Doctor offered himself as a live training aide for the use of the 12-lead EKG. The pads were applied and data was displayed moments later, the medical professionals in the audience were impressed by the capability and then took the Doctor to the ER as the EKG clearly showed serious heart problems that required immediate attention.
List of Funding Sources (if applicable)
Product development was accomplished with the help of an angel investor. Current operations have been funded internally
VitalLink3 is FDA approved