Equivital physiological monitoring system gains CE approval

19 December 2008

Equivital, a remote physiological monitoring system produced by UK company Jaltek Systems, has been given CE approval.

The Equivital system can now be used in a range of medical environments within a hospital facility or at home as part of a telehealth solution for monitoring long term conditions such as chronic heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The Equivital physiological monitoring systemDeveloped by Cambridgeshire-based Hidalgo Ltd and manufactured by Jaltek Systems in Luton, UK (both companies are part of the Jaltek Group), Equivital is an ambulatory, wearable, high performance physiological system providing continuous real-time visibility of an individual’s vital signs (see photo on right). These include heart rate, 2-lead electrocardiogram (ECG), respiration rate and effort, temperature, body position, blood oxygen saturation, impact and fall detection.

Equivital can be integrated with a range of other ‘point in time’ measurement systems including weigh scales and blood pressure monitors. The wearer’s physiological data can be communicated over a secured wireless network for viewing by a healthcare professional and is recorded onto an integral memory card.

Extensive validation trials performed by a number of agencies including the US Department of Defense have shown that Equivital’s ambulatory data recording performance is the best in its class. Equivital has already been implemented in a range of demanding applications and offers exciting possibilities in areas ranging from telehealth, first responder and paramedic applications, to occupational welfare, sports performance analysis and physical endurance research. The CE marking follows successful registration with the US FDA.

Dr Ekta Sood, Hidalgo clinical and marketing director adds, “Equivital is not just a concept, it is a proven system which has many applications in a diverse range of environments. Achieving medical CE compliance now allows Equivital to be used in key healthcare applications. We believe that our technology offers significant opportunities in economical healthcare provision and patient care such as facilitating early patient discharge”.

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