Shalom Life | August 24, 2014

Israeli Company Combines Style And Technology To Save Lives

A new shirt developed by HealthWatch is one of the first ever to detect more than just your pulse, and alerts doctors immediately when you’re in danger

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: August 19th, 2014 in Health » World

For heart attack survivors, or for those who currently suffer from the risk of cardiac arrest or other cardiac problems, HealthWatch’s new hWear line might be perfect for you. Although the world of wearable technology has come a long way over the years (from shirts that can play music through built in washable headphones, to shirts that light up with fun designs), HealthWatch is one of the first companies to produce a line of shirts that monitors more than just your pulse, with their ECG T-Shirt.

According to The Times Of Israel, HealthWatch is one of the first in the world whose shirts monitor heart rate and blood pressure, can detect cardiac irregularities, and alerts healthcare professionals wirelessly and in real-time via the company’s cloud based technology. Their mobile technology not only improves the quality of life for those at risk of heart failure by removing all of the heavy and bulky monitoring equipment, but also increases response time to emergency situations.

By not having to wait for a scheduled appointment with their physician to detect potential problems, HealthWatch allows for emergency protocols to be employed earlier and even more effectively.

As stated on their website, HealthWatch's goal is “Securing personal health through comfortable, smart–digital garments, providing hospital quality vital signs for continuous tele monitoring and alerts.”

According to Uri Amir, HealthWatch’s CEO, “Our hWear T-shirt garments measure the highest quality vital signs all without adhesives, gels, or shaving preparations for both men and women. The garments are machine washable and compatible with most cardiac telemetry systems,” he explained. “Unlike other products that report only heart rate, our new healthwear garment is a true medical device monitoring full 15-lead ECGs along with other physiological vital signals. It will change the future of personal monitoring offering around-the-clock peace of mind to users — wherever their lifestyle takes them.”

The Israeli company, who’s hoping to have their shirts raised to a Class II product from its current FDA standing as a Class I technology (which would allow it to be worn in professional medical settings), has also begun a partnership with the popular New York department store Barney’s. Amir is hoping that through the fashion mogul’s influence, they’ll be able to successfully bridge the gap between everyday and wearable fashion.

As he explained to The Time’s Of Israel, “Through these initiatives we will combine Intel’s leading technologies with Opening Ceremony’s design prowess, Barneys New York’s track record to identify the next consumer trends, and CFDA’s commitment to advance innovation within the fashion industry. Our shared vision is to accelerate wearable technology innovation and create products that both enhance peoples’ lives and are desirable to wear.”

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