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Wearable device helps manage COPD

October 15, 2014
by Richard R. Rogoski
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Managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a challenge, both in terms of cost and hospital readmissions. But Royal Philips and the Netherlands-based Radboud University Medical Center have co-developed a prototype of a wearable device that can help COPD sufferers better manage their chronic condition.

Unveiled at the Dreamforce 2014 conference in San Francisco, the wearable device feeds data collected from the patient while at home directly to a clinician. 

The data, collected both during the day and at night, includes physical activity/inactivity, respiratory indicator, heart rhythm and heart rate variability. Once collected, this information is then sent via the cloud to the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform where it can be accessed using the eCareCoordinator application.

“Unlike other wearable solutions recently introduced to the market, this prototype collects more than just wellness data from otherwise healthy people,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO of Healthcare Informatics Solutions and Services at Philips in a press release. “We are demonstrating the power of harnessing both clinical and personal health information to better manage chronic disease patients across the health continuum, from healthy living, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, recovery and home care.”