Nanowear Is Making Diagnostic Monitoring More Comfortable Through Smart Textiles
Millions of people across the globe suffer from some kind of chronic illness or condition. Millions more are recovering from some kind of major surgery. Both require continuous diagnostic monitoring.
Whether you have a chronic condition or you just got out of the hospital after open heart surgery, the hope is that you will be able to have some sort of semblance of normal life. When doctors need to monitor you continuously, that can throw a wrench into the plan. For years, diagnostic monitoring meant being hooked up to some of kind of device that was most likely, uncomfortably, connected to your body with medical tape. These devices would often protrude through your clothes and make it a nightmare to try and go to the bathroom. What’s more is if your condition warranted regular visits to the gym, you were always that man or that woman with the special monitor. People would wonder, sometimes out loud, what’s wrong with you.
A New York based medical startup called Nanowear has been working on developing the first ever smart textile diagnostic monitoring. Think, diagnostic monitoring clothes.
Nanowear has developed new technology by integrating nansensors with textiles to essentially create clothing that doubles as a diagnostic monitoring tool. Nanowear’s proprietary technology provides medical professionals with accurate and continuous diagnostic data through a wearable that’s both cost effective and unobtrusive to the patient. With the Nanowear technology, patients can go on about their typical day without having to worry about their monitoring device. It’s as easy to throw on as a sweater.
In 2016 Nanowear received their FDA Class II 510(k) clearance for SimplECG, their first device. SimplECG is a remote, cardiac monitoring undergarment. The undergarment collects ECG, heart rate and respiratory data and transfers it to a web based portal for review by a physician by way of mobile application. A professional woman, recovering from heart surgery, could wear SimplECG under her clothes, to a board meeting and no one would know the difference.
Nanowear is a top 50 finalist in the 2018 SXSW Accelerator. You can see them at SXSW Interactive, March 9-13th in Austin and find out more at their website nanowearinc.com