Remote Patient Monitoring with highly accurate In-Ear Sensors
To address these challenges we are currently developing the cosinuss° RPM (Remote Patient Monitoring) solution, consisting of an in-ear wearable sensor, a data-gateway (cosinuss° LabApp or cosinuss° LabGateway) and a server database (cosinuss° LabServer), all developed in-house.
The in-ear wearable is a first-in-class vital signs sensor that monitors all the key physiological vital parameters and other key health indicators continuously, non-invasively and in a mobile way. The vital parameters can be monitored with high accuracy in a single in-ear device in everyday life, without restricting movement. The in-ear-sensor is not only robust but also small, light-weight, non-invasive and convenient to use, even for elderly people. In-ear buds are widely accepted and comfortable to wear – even during the night. Most importantly, in addition to its superior medical-grade accuracy compared to other wearable vital signs monitors such as wrist devices or skin patches, the in-ear sensor provides highly reliable data collections.
Furthermore, cosinuss° RPM not only will provide the wearable in-ear sensor, but also a whole end-to-end solution directly connecting numerous patients with a healthcare professional. Aligning the monitored patients on the dashboard according to their Deviation Scores thus will allow the clinical staff to take care of the patients in need first.
Measuring the relevant vital signs
Our cosinuss° RPM system is going to continuously evaluate:
Caring for the patients who are in need first
The cosinuss° RPM will include advanced algorithms to automatically calculate the key physiological vital parameters of a patient, based on continuous measurements. It is going to assist the medical staff in decision-making also by calculating a Deviation Score per patient, indicating a level of deviation from medically accepted normal ranges. The medical staff will oversee the health states of numerous patients in real-time on a dashboard, provided by the cosinuss° web interface, and decide whether and for which patient urgent action is necessary (e.g. hospitalization). The cosinuss° RPM could be used as a standalone solution or be seamlessly integrated with existing telemedicine solutions worldwide.
Fig. 1: Visualization of the cosinuss° Remote Patient Monitoring system (under development)
Addressing the current situation: Remote Patient Vital Signs Monitoring for COVID-19
Remote patient monitoring has become even more relevant during the current COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19-patients are required to stay in home isolation unless their health status is deteriorating. These patients could be equipped with a cosinuss° in-ear wearable sensor. The measurements will be received via Bluetooth by the data-gateway, which can be a mobile app (cosinuss° LabApp) or a stand-alone device (cosinuss° LabGateway) that is capturing and storing the transferred data. Most of the key vital parameters are going to be processed on the wearable itself. The pre-processed data will then be streamed to the cosinuss° LabServer.
The medical staff will be able to remotely monitor the health status of each patient via the cosinuss° web interface and take early action in case of clinical worsening, while preventing unnecessary patients’ hospital visits. In this way a potential collapse of the healthcare system could be prevented as many people going to an emergency room or seeking doctors could be monitored or treated at home. Therefore, the cosinuss° RPM solution aims to enable an optimally working healthcare system, by reducing the number and length of hospitalizations. Exposure to the disease and the risk of infection for the medical staff can be minimized. It enhances financial viability and provides objective data for medical research. With our solution, patients will be assigned a more active role in their own treatment: They will learn more about their condition and improve their self-care skills.