Semicon West 2020

Valencell is happy to be participating in the SMART MedTech Pavilion at Semicon West 2020.

The event features exhibits from materials providers, device manufacturers, and system integrators. Subject matter experts will share their insight into early adoption trends, marketing forecasts, and the electronic transformation of healthcare. MEMS and sensors are playing an increasingly important role as we move rapidly towards personal and at-home patient care. So too are flexible and printed electronic solutions for small form-factors, lightweight, and unobtrusive mobile applications. Innovation and commercial deployment of these technologies in recent years are providing the tipping point now for the realization of smart medical devices and services that will revolutionize healthcare.

Valencell is giving two presentations during the show which are detailed below. Check out the videos and live presentation at the links below, and also feel free to share this link with anyone you think may be interested.


Valencell presentations at Semicon West 2020


Wearable Technology and Blood Pressure Monitoring: Addressing the Global Hypertension Problem

This is a live presentation that will be held Thursday, July 23 from 12:30-1:00 PM ET.

More details and see the presentation live.

High blood pressure (BP) is a global health tragedy and there is tremendous potential public health value in getting more people to measure their BP more often. According to the World Health Organization, over one billion people around the world have hypertension and in the US the CDC estimates one-third of those with hypertension don’t even know it. Additionally, hypertension is the single biggest risk factor for all global disease. It ranks above smoking, high blood sugar, and high BMI. There are no outward, visible signs or symptoms as a person moves towards hypertension and for this reason, it is often called the “silent killer.” Compounding the problem is the fact that BP cuffs are hard to use and they come with a stigma. Valencell has created the world’s first wearable, cuffless blood pressure monitoring technology that does NOT require calibration AND provide cuff-like performance without a cuff. Embedded in an earbud reference design, the technology has demonstrated BP cuff-like accuracy through rigorous testing on thousands of patients and tens of thousands of datasets. In this session, Dr. Steven LeBoeuf will discuss the details of how this BP technology works, the results of validation studies demonstrating the efficacy of the technology, how it is being integrated in devices today, and what’s next on the horizon for cuffless BP monitoring.


The Inflection Point has arrived for Remote Patient Monitoring using Wearable Technology

This is a pre-recorded presentation that you can see below. This session was presented in partnership with Altran, a world leader in engineering solutions and R&D.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created chaos and uncertainty in nearly every corner of the world. But with this uncertainty is an opportunity for medical device companies to rapidly accelerate digital health and remote patient monitoring, and that appears to be happening now. Developing these opportunities would have likely taken 5-10 years, if not longer, is now happening in 1-3 years – some think even faster. Dr. Sam Wessely, a general practitioner in London, told the New York Times, “We’re basically witnessing 10 years of change in one week”.

One segment of remote patient monitoring, telemedicine, is seeing particularly rapid acceleration: “During the month of February, we did about 1,000 virtual visits in our adult health care delivery system. One day a week now, we do more than 3,000 — so about a 50-fold increase,” said Lloyd Minor, Dean, Stanford Medical School. “What we’re discovering is that we can do a lot more through a virtual visit than we thought we could in the past. And yet I’m also sure we are only scratching the surface.”

In parallel, we’re seeing this as an inflection point for biometric wearables and hearables in remote patient monitoring. By now it’s clear that wearables are being recognized for their ability to track real-time biometric signals across a large percentage of the population. In fact, numerous studies involving wearables have been launched in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there is so much more that can be done with existing wearable technology today.

This session will highlight the specific use cases, device form factors, and biometric signals used in existing and emerging remote patient monitoring scenarios. Using real-life case studies, we will discuss how wearable devices, from sensor to cloud, and in combination with advanced analytics, data science, and user experience platforms are being applied to solve real remote patient monitoring challenges today. Lastly, we will provide a glimpse of the future with wearables and remote patient monitoring. Indeed, we are only scratching the surface.