People who have had heart attacks or who suffer from chronic heart conditions will soon be able to receive round the clock monitoring of their hearts anywhere at any time. This is thanks to the Israeli company HealthWatch’s new T Shirt that will monitor the heart of its wearer called the ECG T-shirt. It can easily be used by a person on his own or monitored by a staff of professionals in a hospital.
HealthWatch harnesses textile technology to produce fashionable, smart-digital garments with interwoven sensors unobtrusively measuring vital signs of hospital grade quality. When coupled with HealthWatch’s monitor and control device attached to the garment, users get personals alerts and 24/7 monitoring from medical experts without affecting their lifestyles.
The company’s website states, “Securing personal health through comfortable, smart–digital garments, providing hospital quality vital signs for continuous tele monitoring and alerts.”
Known as a “wear and forget” garment, the ECG T-Shirts offers digital, heart-sensing, seamless garments which incorporate interwoven textile electrodes for continuous monitoring in the hospital, at home, for fitness or health. It also provides provide 3 to 15 lead ECGs without electrodes, gels, or shaving preparations for both men and women. The shirt can also monitor blood pressure.
They are machine washable, compatible with most cardiac telemetry systems, and even come with an optional zipper on the back for easy removal in case of an emergency.
The shirts are designed to work in concert with HealthWatsch’s proprietary software and MasterCaution – Monitor & Alert system which sends reports directly to a user’s mobile device and/or upload them to a cloud based database. The user’s physicians can also be authorized to monitor the data.
Uri Amir, HealthWatch’S CEO, said in a press release, “We are restoring the ‘wear’ into wearable technology. Unlike other products that report only heart rate, our new healthwear garment is a true medical device monitoring full 15-lead ECGs along with other physiological vital signals. It will change the future of personal monitoring offering around-the-clock peace of mind to users — wherever their lifestyle takes them.”
HealthWatch is first marketing its garments to hospitals for use in direct care before it plans to offer them to the general public. The company expects to soon submit it for approval by the FDA.