LOS ANGELES, November 24, 2014: Advanced TeleSensors, Inc. (ATS) is the recipient of the 2014 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award, in recognition of its touchless technology that reads and records a person’s vital information during natural movement. The innovative technology is the ‘un’wearable device that locks onto a person’s heart and respiration rates without physical touch of any kind, allowing free movement while health information is being displayed in real time. The Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Award program honors and acknowledges the people and organizations that stretch boundaries and prove to be leaders in innovation. Advanced TeleSensors was among five recipients of the award, selected among 15 finalists and over 100 nominations. The event was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 18, 2014 and is hosted annually by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
ATS’ technology revolutionizes vital information monitoring in a way that was previously only imagined in sci-fi flicks such as “Star Trek.” The portable device is capable of gathering a body’s “signals” through clothing and blankets and during natural motion, while displaying health information in real time, all without physical touch. CTO and co-founder Dr. Paolo Focardi explains, “Our continuous and contactless monitoring capabilities add a significantly new level of comfort, convenience, and safety for patient and caregiver through automation. The time and materials saved from replacing sensor pads and wired leads and obtaining tracking translate into dollars saved. We expect the convenience users experience through automation alone will transform expectations in monitoring. Once users don’t have to ‘think’ or ‘remember’ to attach a sensor, they will expect all monitoring devices should be so convenient.” CEO Malcolm Cloyd adds, “Our innovative approach to reading and transmitting an individual’s ‘signals’ is the only marketable technology to address the point of contact weakness of traditional health monitors, while solving user-inconvenience and irritations of ‘wearables’ by not requiring touch.” While the technology is arguably a few generations removed from the diagnostic capabilities of the famed Star Trek Tricorder, ATS can easily and inexpensively elevate care at many institutions. For example, as a solution to alleviating the foreseeable strain on health care providers due to an aging population, ATS’ capability to automatically “lock on” to an individual’s heart rate in their residence, which can then be transmitted to a centralized health care system, offers home-based monitoring that can delay the need for hospitalization while prolonging independent living arrangements and caregiver satisfaction. Virtual doctor visits could soon be accomplished without requiring people to leave their home. The many body “signals” collected via ATS’ data capturing capabilities are wide open for further exploration into new applications across industries.
Engineering plans are underway to introduce a consumer model of this technology in 2015.