Concept: Luxembourg’s medical device startup LiveMetric has rolled out a wearable blood-monitoring device named LiveOne for monitoring blood pressure (BP) every 10 seconds. The device is based on nano-sensor technology and can help health systems, health insurers, and self-insured employers to improve the care and treatment of people with hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Nature of Disruption: LiveOne is a wrist-worn, cuff-free solution that provides real-time BP measurements. The non-invasive device requires no external calibration and continuously extracts the pressure waveform out of the radial artery. The device provides an affordable, daily monitor which enables users to know their blood pressure from anywhere and at any time. It makes it possible to evaluate not only a static 24-hr ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) but also to monitor BP over an entire week. The device uses algorithms to analyze radial artery pressure and display diastolic, systolic, and pulse rates. The startup claims that it can also help in the research to improve the diagnosis of secondary causes of hypertension that have variable BP increases.

Outlook: High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, current technologies for gathering BP information are cumbersome and also uncomfortable to use. LiveMetric claims that its LiveOne band can be used both day and night and also provides an extensive volume of data points. It can enable clinicians and caregivers to easily evaluate trends and the likelihood of major health issues. In June 2022, LiveMetric claims that it had received the 510(k) clearance for its LiveOne band. The clearance supports the use of LiveOne to take blood pressure readings from people aged 27 and older in clinic settings.

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