PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Spry Health, an innovative company that has developed a clinical-grade wearable and analytics platform for the chronically ill, has announced a new scientific and clinical research grant to leverage the company’s technology to advance knowledge of human health and chronic disease progression.
Spry developed the groundbreaking Loop System, a wearable health monitoring system that continuously collects clinical grade vital signs and physiologic biomarkers for people who suffer from chronic illnesses. The Loop is the first clinical grade wearable that measures blood pressure, pulse oximetry, respiration rate, and heart rate. The Loop System is designed to identify early signs of patient deterioration before symptoms are noticeable.
Spry Health plans to provide up to 100 Loop wristbands as well as consulting services from its research and development team to partnering researchers selected for the grant. Researchers will have a revolutionary opportunity to build the largest dataset of physiologic identifiers of disease and acute patient events. The ambulatory wristband is designed to passively collect health data from patients throughout the day and night with no user input. Continuous health data collection will create an unprecedented understanding of human health and disease progression.
“The ability to continuously track and quantify both a patient’s baseline and stressed state throughout their normal daily routine could not only change the way in which we deliver health care, but also change how we fundamentally understand what health is,” said Dr. Steven Steinhubl, M.D., Director of Digital Medicine at Scripps Translational Science Institute.
"We are excited by the enthusiasm we have received from the healthcare community for the technology and are pleased to establish this formal way to collaborate with researchers," said Spry co-founder Pierre-Jean Cobut. “These grants will deepen our understanding of how this technology can transform the way we care for the most vulnerable patients.”
Spry Health has demonstrated the efficacy of the Loop System through three clinical validation studies with over 500 patients, the largest studies of their kind.
Grant application process
Spry Health is currently accepting applications from academic institutions through Friday, May 18, 2018. The grant is for a period of approximately 12 months, and interested parties must demonstrate in detail how they intend to leverage the Loop System to further understand human health and chronic disease.
About the Loop System
The Loop System’s continuous, passive health data collection creates an opportunity to advance the understanding of human physiology. Access to not only traditional vital signs but also new types of morphological features such as pulse width, augmentation and reflection index, crest time and pulse area ratio expand the possibilities for investigation.
About Spry Health
Spry Health, incubated at Stanford-affiliated accelerator StartX, delivers on the promise of wearables to transform how chronically ill patients are treated, improve patient outcomes, and dramatically reduce healthcare costs. Founded in 2014 with a vision to transform health solutions, the company creates a new channel of information from the most vulnerable patients through wearable technology. Spry Health provides health care organizations with analytics to allow for better care of their patients, decrease hospital admissions, and reduce unnecessary spending. Spry Health anticipates FDA clearance of the Loop System in 2018. All statements and claims are forward-looking and have not been evaluated by FDA.