Aidar Health aims to provide physicians with consistent patient vitals • TechCrunch


Sathya Elumalai was finding it difficult to manage his mother’s health after she was diagnosed with four chronic diseases. Instead of guessing her health for the day, he decided to co-found Idar Healthto obtain this information directly and reliably.

In founding Aidar, Elumalai also created and launched the MouthLab, a device that it claims tracks 10 key health parameters in less than a minute. The company is part of Battlefield 200 at TechCrunch Disrupt 2022.

“For the car you have this check engine light that helps you say, now is the time to take your car [to a] dealer or mechanic to fix it. Likewise, our device acts as a way to monitor your health every day, to provide a more holistic view of an individual’s health,” Elumalai said. “So if there are any abnormalities, or any changes in that health status from baseline, the device can alert and inform the user of those changes, And what he can do to help manage his health. Or use the same data to communicate with your doctor or caregivers to better assess health status or changes or deviations in health at a very early stage.”

A user holds a device the size of an iPhone, puts his or her mouth over the mouthpiece, breathes normally, and places his or her hands on the device as instructed. The company claims that MouthLab will record temperature, respiratory rate, pulse rate, blood pressure, breathing pattern, heart rate, heart rate variability, ECG, spirometry (i.e. lung function), and oxygen saturation. Data is collected from sensors across the device from saliva, breathing, hand pulse and lips to read body parameters.

In a world where digital and remote care has become the new norm thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors have often had to let go of what their patients are saying, which is a good but not enough starting point for long-term care. Although tests and laboratories are eventually performed, there is no effective way to track a patient’s vitals at home.

Aidar Health was able to obtain a Class II FDA 510(k) clearance earlier this month. The permit states that the device may pose some moderate risk to users but does allow the company to offer the product for commercial distribution and marketing. It is not clear what risks the purge was referring to. According to the company, the device has undergone three clinical trials and is now in the process of conducting a test study In partnership with the VA Health System.

Today, there are more than 800 active users of MouthLab and Aidar Health, and they use it to remotely monitor vitals, manage chronic care, and other home health services — as well as “real-world evidence-generation efforts with life science companies,” said Elumalai (the latter). means participation in studies).

“The device is being used for remote physiological monitoring (RPM), chronic care management (CCM), and in-home (H@H) hospital services with health systems and digital vital signs development, digital companion, and real-life evidence generation efforts,” Ellumalai told TechCrunch.

The Maryland-based company says it’s HIPAA compliant, using its own LTE/cellular network cloud. Once the data is collected, it is sent to users via the mobile app and then sent to clinicians through Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, an API for electronic health records.

The company decided to work on a subscription-based model, which costs $50-80 per patient per month. MouthLab is provided to users, access to the web and mobile apps, and clinicians can collect vitals and analytics. Depending on the use of the service, the price can vary.

“It’s really hard to understand what patients are really going through,” Elumalai said. “But a device like this, before we get a telemedicine doctor, we can get the data to them right away. So they get a full snapshot of the patient’s medical history, a longitudinal analysis of the data for the last few days.”

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