New White Paper: A comparative Perspective on Wearables Key Features for Advanced Respiratory Monitoring

August 12, 2020

Over the last few weeks, the global number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has dramatically increased, leading to critically elevated hospitalization rates and emergency room overcrowding [1]. Shortage of beds and equipment in addition to staff exhaustion are aggravating the already fragile and precarious situation in hospitals [2–4]. This setting has created an unprecedented strain on healthcare systems, thereby compromising the quality of patient care [2,4]. Despite the concerted efforts of scientists and clinicians to find an effective vaccine, this health crisis will likely persist longer than expected [5]. Therefore, all efforts should be directed to confirm and deploy approaches to relieve healthcare systems before they crumble under pressure [3,4,6,7]. One such strategy is the early recognition of clinical deterioration, which limits the spread of the disease and reduces unnecessary hospital demands [4].

A growing body of evidence supports the clinical relevance of respiratory rate (RR) as a key predictor for adverse health outcomes [8–11]. In patients affected by COVID-19, an increase of RR can be a warning sign for patient deterioration and criteria for ICU transfer [12]. Massaroni et al. suggested that the current situation has ironically generated the perfect conditions for wearables to demonstrate their worth and capabilities to alleviate caregivers’ workload in this time of crisis. According to the authors, digital health respiratory monitoring technologies can provide relevant data to facilitate effective remote triage, diagnosis and symptoms monitoring. This will positively impact care assistance for self-isolated patients [13]. A wide variety of technologies for RR monitoring have been developed, tested and are commercially available [14–16]. However, these portable health technologies are not all comparable in terms of design, validity and usability [14–19].

Hexoskin stands out against other contenders in the respiratory field as a result of its strong presence in research publications, but also in consequence of the clinical validation of its biometric data [14,16]. Hexoskin supports professionals & researchers to improve their standards of care and research by providing cutting edge health sensors, and state-of-the-art health data management & analysis software.

To learn more about Hexoskin’s digital health solutions for RR monitoring, we invite you to download our latest White Paper titled: A comparative Perspective on Wearables Key Features for Advanced Respiratory Monitoring. In this White Paper, we explore:

  • The speculative world of emerging respiratory monitoring technologies.
  • The key features for advanced respiratory monitoring.
  • Hexoskin’s unique capabilities to remotely monitor respiratory volumes and patterns through rich and high-resolution respiratory data integrated with the Hexoskin’s end-to-end platform (i.e. interoperable software solutions, secure and private infrastructure and machine learning services) to support research and professional organizations.


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