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August 25, 2021


New White Paper: Easing the Burdens of Stress on Healthcare Workers with the Hexoskin Stress Monitoring System

Hexoskin - Stress - PTSD - Healthcare Workers - Nurse Practitioners, Surgeon, Physician, Hospital Staff, Medical WorkersSince the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have come to appreciate even more the hard work of our frontline healthcare workers. Their commitment towards their patients is being recognized and praised. However, the pandemic has only exacerbated aggravating factors that are affecting the wellbeing of hospital staff and healthcare professionals. These factors are related to their work environment, such as staff shortages, physical injuries, exposure to workplace hazards, and even verbal and physical abuse by patients and their families. Physicians, nurses, and surgeons are some of the healthcare professionals that hold demanding and stressful positions. Moreover, medical staff hold many responsibilities and duties which increase their level of daily stress. 

The pandemic has brought more burden to the medical personnel with the already high workload, the long hours, and the demanding work conditions, contributing to an increase of occupational stress, anxiety, and depression among frontline healthcare workers. 

According to recent studies, trauma-related stress among healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic range from 5.2% to 45% depending on the country or region. Another recent study performed in the US during the pandemic has shown that stress is higher among nursing assistants, younger clinicians, medical assistants, social workers, inpatient workers, women, and persons of color. 

Occupational stress can lead to burnout, distress, psychosomatic issues, and deterioration of quality of life. Occupational stress can also lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Before the pandemic, the rates of post-traumatic stress disorder among healthcare workers were estimated to range between 10 to 20%. During the global pandemic, it is estimated that the prevalence of PTSD in healthcare workers was at 21.5%, with levels of depression and anxiety also reported to affect about 22% of medical staff.

Request our New White Paper

In our new Hexoskin White Paper on Easing the Burdens of Stress on Healthcare Workers with the Hexoskin Stress Monitoring System, we review the impacts of stress on the healthcare system and its consequences for the healthcare personnel, which can also affect the quality of care offered to patients due to absenteeism and staff shortages. The White Paper also reviews current and novel methods for monitoring stress levels with healthcare workers. Based on these observations, we present how the Hexoskin Smart Clothing and Stress Monitoring Solutions have been implemented for stress monitoring across the healthcare system using continuous and passive measurement of cardiac, respiratory, activity, and sleep data.

Hexoskin Biometric Data Used For Stress Monitoring & PTSDAdditionally, we will review how clinical researchers are utilizing Hexoskin’s biometric data to further develop stress reduction interventions and implement policy changes to mitigate organizational stress and burnout. Finally, we will discuss how Hexoskin can be used to monitor the patients' health and reduce the workload of the healthcare staff by providing the evidence needed to support clinical decisions, evaluate the best ways to deliver care to patients and support a culture of evidence-informed decision-making. Request the White Paper today!

Hexoskin Has Your Back

Since the launch of the first Hexoskin Smart Clothing in 2012, we worked with professional organizations and leading academic & research institutions on breakthrough research & projects. We developed tailor-made programs to provide all the support you need to plan your project and getting started. This is why hundreds of world-class universities, government agencies, and companies are choosing Hexoskin to conduct evidence-based research, monitoring programs, and develop new applications with our industry-leading smart clothing solutions. Contact our team today to start planning your next project and get a quote based on our programs for academic researchers & students and professionals. 

Hexoskin Plus Program For Professionals, Academic Researchers & Students

Hexoskin Live Demo: Register To Our Upcoming Live Event

Hexoskin Live Demo - Register to attend our Smart Clothing Demo

Join us on September 22, 2021 for our Hexoskin Live Event!

Hexoskin will provide a demonstration of the capabilities of the industry-leading Hexoskin smart clothing, an advanced wearable technology that integrates ECG, RIP, & Activity sensors in a comfortable smart garment.

We will cover the following topics:
  • The Industry-Leading Hexoskin Smart Clothing
  • The Hexoskin Open Platform, Apps & Dashboard
  • Current & Future Applications
  • Q&A

Register to reserve your place today. Registration is Free!

August 18, 2021


Hexoskin + Research Program for Students & Academic Researchers

Hexoskin + Research Program for Students & Researchers

Hexoskin & Astroskin: Designed for Data Collection & Reporting

Hexoskin & Astroskin platforms are becoming the solutions of choice for hundreds of researchers and students and set new standards for continuous health monitoring, data collection & reporting.

Hexoskin & Astroskin are washable and reusable smart garments that continuously monitor longitudinal electrocardiography and lung function with activity and sleep data. Hundreds of researchers and students are adopting our end-to-end open platforms which offer access to the raw and processed data to support health research and publish reproducible results. Our platforms provide CSV, Binary, and EDF formats which can be extracted through our open API or downloaded via the online dashboard. The platform is completed by apps & software with real-time data visualization, annotations, and reporting features. 
Both platforms offer access to the raw and processed data which are quintessential to support research purposes and publish rigorous results. Our platforms provide CSV, binary, and EDF formats accessible through our open API or downloadable via the online dashboard.

Hexoskin also believes in privacy by design and does not sell or share the data hosted on its platforms. All data communications are end-to-end encrypted and can be erased at any time. Our team is also here to help and provide guidelines to support students & researchers in completing their protocol. 

Hexoskin & Astroskin Platforms

The Hexoskin Research Community

The research community around Hexoskin and Astroskin is passionate about working with the most cutting-edge health monitoring solutions and positively impacting people's lives. In 2021, the community reached over 110 scientific publications on various topics and subjects covered by the Hexoskin Research Community. In 2021, studies are currently pushing the boundaries of health research in rare diseases, children's health, epilepsy, sleep, stress, fatigue, and pulmonary conditions. It is indeed a good time for evidence-based science!

Hexoskin Research Fields of Study & Use Cases

Kick-Start Your Project with the Hexoskin + Research Program

At Hexoskin, we support students and researchers by providing all they need to spend less time planning their project and more time doing what they really want to do: research & publish their results!

With a new academic year starting, 
Hexoskin + Research program is here to support you every step of the way. Reach out to our team to get a quote and support to start planning your next project!

Hexoskin + Research Program Offers:

  • 10% discount on orders of 5+ Hexoskin Kits or 1+ Astroskin Kits
  • Access to Apps, Dashboard, and Data Analytics tools
  • Free data Hosting & API access
  • Free Onboarding Webinar (value of $200)
  • Free Data Management Webinar (value of $200)
  • Q&A sessions (value of $200)
  • Hexoskin Technical Support
  • Free Shipping & More!

Hexoskin Plus Research Program

Astroskin First Flight with Virgin Galactic and Kellie Gerardi

Washington, DC, USA (June 3rd, 2021): Virgin Galactic has announced a new contract to fly International Institute of Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) researcher Kellie Gerardi on a test flight of the company’s spaceflight system, during which Kellie will conduct experiments and test new healthcare technologies (including the Astroskin Bio-Monitor) while she's in space. 

Kellie Gerardi - Virgin Galactic - Astroskin

(Credits: Greentag89, Wikipedia)

The purpose of the research mission is to demonstrate and advance novel scientific research benefits and applications that the spaceflight system provides for human-tended payloads.

The mission will also demonstrate the potential of conducting human research in suborbital flight, building on the research and knowledge gained from a number of Kellie’s reduced gravity flight campaigns performed here on Earth, including with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). 

Virgin Galactic will be able to provide new benefits to the space science research community in the form of repeatability, affordability and quality of the weightless environment which have historically been barriers for many wanting to conduct human spaceflight research.

During the spaceflight, following the shutdown of the rocket motor, Kellie will unbuckle from her seat and undertake the actions necessary to complete each experiment during several minutes of weightlessness. Virgin Galactic will provide training and preparation so that she is fully equipped to carry out her job as mission specialist on this flight and provide on-site pre-flight support for each of the payload experiments.

Working with IIAS, NRC and CSA, Kellie has already operated each payload in reduced gravity flights and will be bringing that unique payload specialist experience to the research mission. The payloads will include bio-monitoring instrumentation, including the Astroskin Bio-Monitor wearable sensors system, developed by Hexoskin with the support of the Canadian Space Agency, that will measure the biological effects of launch, weightlessness, re-entry, and landing on spaceflight participants.

The Astroskin Bio-Monitor has been in operation in the International Space Station since 2019 and is used by space agencies (CSA, NASA, ESA), to monitor astronauts' vital signs in orbit. The Astroskin is also used on Earth by researchers of 5 continents for clinical research applications.

“This historic flight will demonstrate the role private space companies can play to advance our knowledge of human physiology in space, to prepare for future missions to the Moon and beyond” said Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, CEO and co-founder of Hexoskin. “Many private space companies are planning to use the Astroskin system for astronaut training and during spaceflight, because it’s already in operation in the International Space Station.”

For more information about Hexoskin's involvement in this test flight or the Astroskin wearable vital signs sensor system, please contact us by email (contact@hexoskin.com) or by phone at 1-888-887-2044.

New Payload to Launch with SpaceX Mission CRS-22

If the weather permits, Hexoskin is set to launch its 8th Astroskin payload in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency on June 3rd aboard another SpaceX rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX Mission CRS-22 is the second launch of phase 2 of SpaceX's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) contract. This is the 6th time SpaceX transports Astroskin equipment to the International Space Station, the 2 other payloads have been launched by Northrop Grumman's Cygnus rockets.

Microgravity affects fluid movements in the body and heat transmission (in the absence of convection movement in microgravity). This triggers physiological phenomena impossible to monitor on the ground and tests our models of human physiology. The Astroskin Bio-Monitor system gives scientists a tool to observe these phenomena in space. It also prepares us to maintain crew health during long space missions beyond low earth orbit (LEO), to the Moon and Mars.

A Brief History of the Astroskin

Astronauts from space agencies (NASA, CSA, ESA) have used the Astroskin system aboard the International Space Station since January 2019.

Here's a list of space launches that carried Astroskin payloads:

  1. SpaceX CRS-16 (December 5th, 2018)
  2. Cygnus NG-11 (April 17th, 2019)
  3. SpaceX CRS-18 (July 25th, 2019)
  4. SpaceX CRS-19 (December 5th, 2019
  5. SpaceX CRS-20 (March 7th, 2020)
  6. Cygnus NG-14 (October 3rd, 2020)
  7. SpaceX CRS-21 (December 6th, 2020)
  8. SpaceX CRS-22 (June 3rd, 2021)

The Astroskin Vital Signs Monitoring Platform is also used on Earth on industrial projects and scientific research

Information about Astroskin missions aboard the ISS:

https://lsda.jsc.nasa.gov/Hardware/hardconfig/3065
https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/i/iss-bio-monitor-analyzer

Hexoskin Talks Space Medicine at the Healthcare without Boundaries Colloquium

Biomedical researcher Héloïse Auger will talk about Hexoskin's work in space medicine, Astroskin wearable sensors, and artificial intelligence for automated diagnostics at the Healthcare without Boundaries Colloquium this week on June 1-2. Registration is available on Eventbrite: Healthcare without Boundaries Colloquium

Hexoskin has been collaborating with the Canadian Space Agency since 2011 on the development of medical technologies that can be used for human spaceflight. Devices that can record health data passively, like the Astroskin, create an opportunity to develop autonomous medical systems using clinical rules and artificial intelligence to support long-term space missions beyond low Earth orbit.

Astrokin wearable sensors worn by Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques in the International Space Station, January 2019
Are you working on a research project that requires monitoring cardiorespiratory activity in real-life settings? Contact us to discuss your objectives and see how Astroskin or Hexoskin could be useful! 

Astroskin Live Demo

Astroskin Live Demo - Register

Join us on March 24, 2021 for the Astroskin Live Demo

Hexoskin will provide a demonstration of the capabilities of the Astroskin, an advanced wearable technology designed to continuously monitor the five vital signs.

We will cover the following topics:
  • Astroskin Vital Signs Monitoring Platform
  • Demo of the Astroskin Apps & Dashboard
  • Current & Future Applications
  • Q&A

Register your place today!

December 01, 2020


7th Astroskin Space Payload to Launch with SpaceX Mission CRS-21

Hexoskin is set to launch its 7th Astroskin payload in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency this week aboard a SpaceX rocket.

CRS-21 is the first launch of phase 2 of SpaceX's Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) contract. The mission will use the Cargo version of the Dragon 2 spacecraft on top of a Falcon 9 rocket launching from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

This mission is planned to use Booster B1058.4 (4th flight for booster B1058). This recent booster is the one that carried NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station on May 30th, 2020, the first US rocket carrying astronauts since Space Shuttle Atlantis in July 2011.

Microgravity affects fluid movements in the body and heat transmission (in the absence of convection movement in microgravity). This triggers physiological phenomena impossible to monitor on the ground and tests our models of human physiology. The Astroskin Bio-Monitor system gives scientists a tool to observe these phenomena in space. It also prepares us to maintain crew health during long space missions beyond low earth orbit (LEO), to the Moon and Mars.

Astronauts from 3 different space agencies (NASA, CSA, ESA) have used the Astroskin system aboard the International Space Station since January 2019.

Here's a list of space launches that carried Astroskin payloads:

  1. SpaceX CRS-16 (December 5th, 2018)
  2. Cygnus NG-11 (April 17th, 2019)
  3. SpaceX CRS-18 (July 25th, 2019)
  4. SpaceX CRS-19 (December 5th, 2019
  5. SpaceX CRS-20 (March 7th, 2020)
  6. Cygnus NG-14 (October 3rd, 2020)
  7. SpaceX CRS-21 (December 6th, 2020)

Information about Astroskin missions aboard the ISS:

https://lsda.jsc.nasa.gov/Hardware/hardconfig/3065
https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/i/iss-bio-monitor-analyzer

Stanford Wearable Electronic Initiative - Hexoskin Seminar

Hexoskin - Standford Seminar - Recording

Hexoskin's CEO Pierre-Alexandre Fournier was invited to speak at a seminar co-hosted by Stanford eWEAR and Stanford Medicine's Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics Center (PHIND) held online on December 1st. The seminar covered the capabilities of wearable technologies and Hexoskin to support the early detection of diseases such as the COVID-19 onset.

With over 100 Scientific Publications and validations, Hexoskin has the only clinically validated biometric garment which provides continuous monitoring of numerous and unique physiological parameters. It is an enabling technology for telehealth use cases, such as remote patient monitoring, at-home cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, and post-acute care.

Along with its smart clothing, Hexoskin offers a unique set of high-resolution biometric data that can continuously monitor activity, sleep, cardiac and respiratory data. Projects in fields such as cardiology, respiratory, behavioral and physiological psychology, biofeedback research, sleep research, and health will be presented during the seminar.

The Hexoskin Connected Health Platform provides researchers with accessible solutions such as the Hexoskin Dashboards, Open API, and Apps to manage, visualize, annotate, analyze, and export raw & processed health data. Data extraction tools allow access to the raw data with time series for machine learning and artificial intelligence projects, making Hexoskin and excellent solution to collect high-resolution data quickly to deliver projects and results. Watch it online today!

October 30, 2020


Remote Monitoring Solutions for Clinical Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic & Beyond

With another wave of COVID-19 patients hitting North America and Europe, conducting clinical research is challenging. Patient recruitment and access to facilities are limited in many research institutions to limit risks to participants and researchers.

Thankfully, we can now conduct a lot of research remotely while ensuring the collection of high-quality data and preserving the integrity of clinical assessments. 

Virtual and Home-Based Clinical Trials With the Hexoskin Connected Health Platform

Sponsors and CROs are looking for solutions to help them manage halted clinical trials or start new trials while ensuring that key considerations are met. Connected devices like the Hexoskin shirts are available to support the collection of objective sensor data for virtual and home-based studies. Smartphones can also provide instructions, interactive sessions, and facilitate clinical outcome assessments with limited supervision. Recruitment can be done online with the equipment required for the study shipped overnight to participants.

The Hexoskin Connected Health Platform is an end-to-end open platform that supports virtual clinical trials which can be completed partially or entirely remotely. The Hexoskin team can help you and your team design protocols and patient-centered studies. Home-based trials give patients better options to join clinical trials while limiting the burden associated with transportation and site visits. Online reach helps you recruit a more diverse participant base and overcome recruiting challenges.

Since the launch of Hexoskin in 2013, hundreds of researchers have used the Hexoskin platform successfully for their research using Hexoskin and Astroskin systems. They appreciate the transparency and traceability the platform offers. Hexoskin also provides service-level support and a wide range of study-management tools designed to support remote patient monitoring protocols.

Hexoskin Remote Monitoring Solution for Home-Based Clinical Trials - Virtual Trials.png

More than ever, patients are counting on the work of the clinical research industry to push the boundaries of medical knowledge.

Let's work together to support trial continuity and patient engagement! Contact us at contact@hexoskin.com to discuss your objectives and explore how Hexoskin can help you scale your remote studies.