Patients with chronic diseases or conditions who need frequent biometric checks often must reside in medical facilities for regular readings by healthcare staff. Pulse oximeter fingertip sensors take one-time readings of the oxygen saturation of a patient’s blood and changes in blood volume in the skin. Typically pulse oximeter readings are noted on charts or entered on patients’ electronic medical records (EMRs).

Oxitone‘s Oxitone 1000 wrist pulse oximeter frees patients and healthcare staff from periodic readings with a fingertip sensor. The wearable provides continuous peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SpO2) — another way of saying blood oxygen level — and pulse rate readings directly from the wrist 24/7. With the Oxitone 1000 patients do not need to reside in care facilities if all they need is frequent readings to track and manage disease.

Patients can get real-time status readings, alerts, and notifications from their care team via an associated smartphone app connected with Bluetooth. Physicians whose patients use the Oxitone 1000 have their own web portal for access to data in the cloud for tracking, reports, and analysis plus the data from the biosensor is automatically entered into EMRs. Doctors have direct means of communication with their patients that is both time- and cost-effective.

Oxitone’s system is an end-to-end solution with the potential to automate continuous care of patients with pulmonary, heart and sleep-related diseases while being connected in the event life-saving support is required. According to Oxitone, CE approval is pending and the company expects to launch sales in 2017.