‘Loop’: A Wearable That Could Redefine the Future of Healthcare

Many of us deal with poor health conditions on a daily basis. Half a million people in the United States alone die of heart attacks every year. In a world that is so dependent on technology to help us stay on top of our productivity, why is this still the case?

We have wearables that tell us how many steps we’ve taken and how much water we’ve consumed to ensure we are staying on top of our exercise regimens, but what about our health?For the past few years, many research groups have been looking for solutions to keep us healthier overall and improve our quality of life. Now one company has developed a device that could change the future of living with these chronic conditions.

Spry Health has created ‘Loop,’ a wearable gadget that can detect when an episode is coming on – such as a heart attack, seizure, etc – before it has a chance to completely incapacitate the patient. This could save millions of dollars in healthcare costs, as well as, give millions all over the world peace of mind knowing they have a wearable that could help save their lives.

Who is Spry Health

Spry Health was started by Pierre-Jean “PJ” Cobut and Elad Ferber, two students at Stanford University who were seeking a way to help people with chronic conditions maintain a better way of living.

After launching in 2013 in conjunction with StartX, an accelerator funded by Stanford that helps innovative startups with research costs and more, Spry began its mission – empowering better care for patients.

The same year the company launched, Business Insider named Cobut and Ferber just two of 17 Stanford business school graduates who will change the world. Both founders experienced having family members find their way through the medical system while they dealt with chronic illnesses like heart disease.

“The body is a system in constant change — but nobody is monitoring the micro-changes in patients with chronic conditions”, said Cobut, “We are building a solution to bridge gaps in traditional chronic care management.”

How ‘Loop’ Can Change the World

Loop is a wearable that collects data such as vital signs to create an individual profile for each patient. Once the device detects changes that are out of the ordinary in these vitals, it delivers that data to healthcare professionals before any further symptoms occur.

Professionals can then use this information to give the patient necessary treatment, thus increasing the chances of avoiding any permanent or fatal damage.

“In a given year, over 28 million hospitalizations are attributed to chronically ill patients, resulting in an average bill of $37,300 per stay with some patients winding up in the hospital three or more times per year,” Ferber said in a statement.

The device is noninvasive and relatively subtle as it looks much like any other wearable wristband that any of us would wear. The idea behind such a gadget is to personalize healthcare in a much more intimate way.

No two people suffer from the exact same conditions in the exact same way, so why should the devices that we use to help keep us healthy work in that manner?

Tests and Feedback on the ‘Loop’ Wearable

To test the medical gadget, Spry Health conducted an evaluation that included 250 participants who compared Loop’s activity to medical standards of care for heart rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, CO2 monitoring, and respiration.

The results were astounding and proved a device like Loop could one day greatly assist both the medical industry and the patients who rely heavily on it for care. It was “one of the more comprehensive pre-market evaluations of a digital medical device ever published,” said Steve Steinhubl, MD at Scripps Translational Science Institute.

Spry Health has submitted an application to the FDA and hopes to have Loop developed and ready for public release by 2018. Such a device could very well create new standards in the medical community and raise the bar as far as expectations for healthcare are concerned.

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