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November 24, 2016

OslerMD: quick health checkup with a four finger scan

Is a four finger quick scan enough to find out if somebody is healthy? San Diego based startup OslerMD seems to think so. The company wants to make a quick health checkup in every day situations available with a device by the same name. All people have to do is place four fingers on top of a couple of sensors.

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The device can be used in high traffic areas such as outpatient clinics, pharmacies, and schools, but also at home by post-op patients and others needing a vigilant eye to watch over their vitals, Medgadget writes. Six vital signs are recorded within thirty seconds.

The device doesn’t even have its own display. It relies on a tablet or smartphone to display the readings and to interact with additional devices. These devices – like a scale, a blood pressure cuff, or a glucometer, are each connected to theOslerMD  system via Bluetooth.

The readings are compiled by an  app (iOS and Android) that  produces a comprehensive report based on various parameters measured. These reports can then be transferred to one’s medical team, as well as to family and any caretakers. All the actual calculations are performed on the cloud, outside the app, a feature that the company believes will make the regulatory path easier for them during software updates.

Health Kiosk

According to OslerMD doctors’ offices can use the system during check-ins. The data can be routed to the default electronic medical records (EMR) used by the physician group. Since other devices can be tied into the OslerMD, the company eventually wants to deliver a ‘health kiosk’ based on its device that can be integrated into various health facilities.

The company thinks about introducing cuffless blood pressure monitoring in the system. Because purely cuffless BP technology is yet to be clinically validated, OslerMD’s management team believes in ahybrid approach. This would involve a standard BP pressure cuff to make an initial measurement and then use “pulse pressure” readings from the fingers that would be adjusted based on the cuffed reading.

FDA approval

The OslerMD quick scan device isn’t commercially available at the moment. The firm is currently raising round A funding to get the money needed to get through the FDA’s class 2 device clinical trial. So far the company performed an in-house trial similar to what the FDA would require, and has been satisfied with the accuracy of the OslerMD. The final cost of the device is expected to be between $200 and $250. The hardware is all complete and the software is in the final stages.

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