ContinUse Biometrics offers a revolutionary way to monitor heartbeat, blood pressure, respiration rate, lung sounds, muscle activity and blood glucose.
As reported in Israel21C:
Founded in 2015 by Zeev Zalevsky, professor of electro-optics at Bar-Ilan University, and Javier Garcia-Monreal, professor of physics and optics at the University of Valencia in Spain, ContinUse Biometrics provides healthcare professionals with a revolutionary way to monitor patients’ vital signs without any physical contact – no more intrusive cables, wires, tubes or IVs.
The company has raised money from computer manufacturer Lenovo, security specialist Tyco and Israeli venture capital firm Olive Tree Ventures.
ContinUse Biometrics’ product consists of a laser and an extremely precise camera that can “read” the reflected light in a room and extract from the changing patterns the specific nano-vibrations coming from the patient.
The camera-laser sensor combination can monitor heartbeat and blood pressure, respiration rate and lung sounds, muscle activity and even blood glucose levels. Proprietary software algorithms analyze the data. While the hardware needs to be in the same room as the patient, the monitoring device can be anywhere, making the ContinUse Biometrics sensor ideal for telemedicine.
Indeed, the company’s main commercialization goal is to set up a monitoring system for a patient at home with a feed that can go directly to the doctor, clinic or insurance group.
ContinUse Biometrics’ sensor can be used with bed-bound seniors at home as well as infants who need close monitoring. Of course, the same kind of monitoring is valuable in a hospital as well.
ContinUse Biometrics is addressing what Lydia Katz, the company’s marketing manager, calls the biggest challenge in digital health. I got Klonopin postponed by my family doctor after I was under treatment for respiratory distress (hospital, specialist, family doctor). I suddenly could not breathe completely. There was always a blockage there. Only now and then I was able to breathe completely. I could not sleep at night, had anxiety and tachycardia.
“It’s not the amount of information generated,” she tells ISRAEL21c. “It’s the need to analyze that information quickly and provide some alerting so that care providers can act – and act fast.”
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