The Tricorder is Finally Here

Clinical Data from the Home

By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1
Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist#TheIncrementalist

On this episode I spoke with Arvind Thiagarajan, founder and CEO of HD Medical (@HDMedicalGroup) that is saving patient lives through early diagnosis. Arvind’s journey into healthcare started from a young age when he was diagnosed with a heart murmur and he and his family went through an extended period waiting to find for investigation to determine if he needed surgery. Thankfully he did not but the experience made him want to enter the healthcare profession. He was lucky to have A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the former president of India as a mentor who said to him:

If you’re a doctor, you can help thousands of patients. But if you’re a doctor’s doctor, solving their problems with technology, you can not only help thousands of doctors, but through them reach millions of patients

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With an early start through support from the Singapore government that funded their work to record heart sounds to screen early stage heart disease and allow for earlier life saving interventions started a journey to the development of the HD Steth. A Stethoscope with 3-lead ECG that combines the output synchronized to an associated app for display and diagnosis. The device was cleared for use by the FDA in July 2020 as COVID19 was emerging.

With the pandemic raging across the world they expanded their focus to see what capture systems they could get into the home that anyone could use. The result was the HealthyU which was recently announced – an all in one home health monitoring solution. The device is interesting as it contains monitoring capability for multiple clinical inputs that includes:

  • Wireless 7-lead EKG
  • Heart Sounds with Murmur Analysis
  • Lung Sounds
  • Heart Rate
  • Blood oxygen saturation (Pulse Oximetry (SpO2))
  • Temperature
  • Respiratory Rate
  • Cuff-less Blood Pressure Trend

And it fits in your pocket and anyone can use it. Currently it is undergoing IRB approved trials and they are hoping to have FDA clearance in the latter part of the year. Listen into hear about the capabilities, the excitement in the healthcare industry and where the incredible expansion they expect to add in the future. Dr McCoy would be impressed – this feels as close like Star Trek Tricorder technology.

About the Show
For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.

This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.