I previously linked CEO AMIT BEN-HAIM‘s exclusive interview by Justin Waite on the VOX Podcast, issue 568. After having some time to digest the content and write my thoughts down regarding the Gold Standard CPEX information, I have had some extremely interesting e-mails and interactions from a few well respected & researched posters. One of whom is an expert in the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing field.
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Leicester19, a Consultant Anesthetist spoke to me. Part of his role is to monitor patients closely after surgery to make sure that they recover comfortably. To work in this role you need to complete a 5-year degree in medicine, which is recognised by the General Medical Council. You’ll also have to do further training which will last between 7 and 8 years.
He goes on to say;
“On Voxmarkets podcast Amit said in reply to Justin’s question about accuracy “More than 10 years of research by our technology , one of our shareholders who is in applied medical and nanotechnology research institute (Imec) that brought these specific algorithms that take our accurate heart rate and delivers most accurate energy expenditure that is kilo calories was tested in 2015 and correlation to the medical devise machine called CPEx was again in the highest part of 90s.”
So what is CPEx?
- Non-invasive simultaneous measurement of cardiovascular and respiratory system during exercise to assess patient’s exercise capacity.
- It is used to assess patient’s fitness for surgery
- To find out cause of breathlessness,
- Monitoring disease progression and severity e.g. angina
- Patients’s height/weight is recorded.
- Fitness questionnaire completed.
- Medical and drug history is obtained.
- Spirometry test is done.
- Heamoglobin test done.
Patient is asked to sit on a bicycle. A 12 lead ECG, BP cuff is attached. Patient breaths through the mask. Patients’ oxygen in blood is measured using pulse oximeter.
It takes 20 minutes. Patient is asked to start cycling and resistance is raised gradually. Patients oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide produced is measured and values for anaerobic threshold, work done are obtained taking into consideration changes in the heart rate and blood pressure.
What these two values in essence provide is patients’ “functional capacity.” An important prognostic component of exercise stress testing is evaluation of work performed, also known as functional capacity. Because energy consumption, generally quantified as caloric expenditure is difficult to measure during exercise, a more readily measurable metabolic equivalent (MET) was sought to quantify the work performed. In humans, total oxygen consumption approximates caloric expenditure, with both parameters increasing during exercise in a similar fashion.
Where do I see role of cloudTag?
Until now accurate calorie expenditure which shows how much work can be performed by humans isn’t possible we have been using CPEx testing to derive those values through this complex process which involves visit to the hospital, an array of diagnostic equipment and of course staff to supervise the patient and analyse the data derived. As ABH has claimed “Calories expenditure” has been shown as accurate as the CPEx machine can Cloudtag be used for some of these patients to assess fitness for surgery or to monitor cardiac disease?
We know that huge number of patients can benefit from this kind of a test but currently its limited availability is using its widespread use in healthcare. In the future GPs will be able to do this test with the patient wearing the CloudTag Track and exercising on the bike in their GP surgeries avoiding need for costly, bulky and time consuming process of CPEx.”
According to Soreon research, we’re on the cusp of a wearable revolution in the healthcare sector, with an expected increase of investments into the healthcare sector from $2 billion in 2014 to $41 billion in 2020. Wearable technologies can significantly drop hospital costs by as much as 16 per cent over the course of five years, claims CDW research.
Furthermore, roughly 88 percent of physicians suggest their patients monitor their health through wearable devices. The aim of these technologies is to collect the most accurate data to help physicians better understand core problems, as well as to predict any future issues with their health.
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