Los Angeles Business Journal: Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards 2014 Finalist
LOS ANGELES, November 3, 2014: Advanced TeleSensors, Inc., (ATS) has been recognized as a leader in innovation and honored as a finalist in the 2014 Patrick Soon-Shiong Innovation Awards, for its touchless approach to detecting, measuring and recording vital signs. In partnership with the Los Angeles Business Journal, the award is named after Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, himself reputed as a pioneer in revolutionary treatments of cancer and diabetes, philanthropist, and humanitarian. The honor is awarded annually to the top innovators in a range of fields.
ATS’ technology revolutionizes vital sign 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 meaningful information in real time, all without physical touch. CTO and co-founder Dr. Paolo Focardi explains, “Our continuous and contactless vital sign 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 vital sign monitoring, 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 vital signs 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.
Engineering plans are underway to introduce a consumer model of this technology in 2015.