EarlySense aims at family caregivers with upcoming D2C offering

By Jeff Lagasse
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EarlySense is known for contact-free, continuous health monitoring solutions, and its latest offering is a mouthful: the EarlySense Live Family Health Monitoring Kit with SmartShare. It’s a complex title with a simple premise -- it provides caregivers, such as parents of young children or adults caring for the elderly, with a platform to track and manage a dependent’s health. And this can be done whether said dependent is just down the hall or in another state entirely.
 
Using the same technology as the EarlySense Live, the Family Health Monitoring Kit is geared toward caregivers overseeing the health of people who don’t have smartphones. The monitoring device shares real-time health data through the EarlySense Live mobile app on the caregiver’s phone, and it measures key signals like breathing, heart rate, stress levels and sleep cycles. The goal is to encourage a more proactive approach to caring for children and aging adults.
 
To get an accurate depiction of a person’s health, the monitor uses artificial intelligence-based algorithms. The monitoring of breathing and sleep information may be of particular benefit to parents of children with asthma, allergies and sleep apnea; in fact, in a recent study led by Prof. Asher Tal, head (emeritus) and founder of the Pediatric Pulmonary Unit and Sleep Center at Soroka Medical Center, the EarlySense Live device delivered a 90 percent accuracy rate for detecting sleep apnea and disordered breathing in children. The device was also found to accurately detect apnea episodes, thus allowing for early consultation with a healthcare professional.
 
“As a father, I understand firsthand what it is like to worry about the health of your child. This sense of responsibility for another life -- whether it’s your child, an aging parent, or any other loved one -- is a common experience for most adults,” said Avner Halperin, CEO of EarlySense, in a statement. “This is why I feel so passionately about the EarlySense Live Family Health Monitoring Kit, as it will bring peace of mind to thousands of caregivers through its hospital-proven sensor technology, remote monitoring capabilities, and life-improving insights.”
 
Another benefit to the new kit and the subscription-based SmartShare service is that it puts together real-time alerts and morning data reports based on information from the dependent’s sensor. The Family Health Monitoring Kit also sends updates if heart or breathing rates cross certain thresholds set by the users, ostensibly making it easier to determine when professional consultation may be needed.
 
The device also slips underneath a bed mattress, eliminating the need for dependents to wear any sort of uncomfortable contraption.
 
Used worldwide in hospitals, rehab and skilled nursing facilities, EarlySense assists clinicians in the early detection of patient deterioration, helping to prevent adverse events -- including code blues, which are a result of cardiac or respiratory arrest, preventable ICU transfers, patient falls and pressure ulcers.

The EarlySense Live Family Health Monitoring Kit with SmartShare should be available for $199 on EarlySense.com and Amazon.com later this year.