25 Aug 2014

An innovative KRET product utilizes cloud technologies to help monitor health

Photo: Anton Tushin


The research institute Gradient, which is part of KRET, has developed the innovative Opeka-04 software and hardware system. The electronic wristband can monitor a patient’s condition around the clock, send and store data in the cloud, and call for emergency medical care. The innovative device can be previewed at the Oboronexpo-2014 exhibition.

This initiative is a breakthrough in the field of wristband medical monitoring, utilizing computer and telecommunication technologies to facilitate the exchange of medical information between professionals. The system is made up of wristbands or other wearable modules and an operational monitoring center, such as a mobile phone.

The primary innovation of the system is its ability to work without any invasive procedures, taking not only heart rate readings, but also a full electrocardiogram with a sampling rate of 500 Hz, which provides a lot of information about the state of the heart. Additionally, the wristband monitors a patient’s respiratory rate, temperature, activity level, and sleep quality. If necessary, a patient can call for help through a SOS button or speakerphone.

The device makes the remote monitoring of patients a reality, tracking the intake of medicine and whether or not a patient has fallen. If necessary, the system can use geolocation to locate a patient, convey relevant information to emergency dispatchers, and inform relatives about a crisis situation via SMS.

Bluetooth or GPRS channels transfer information from the wearable device to a server in the cloud that is also connected to the medical center. Specialists are then provided with automatic analysis of the electrocardiograms.

Similar devices developed by foreign companies transferred data from wearable sensors to the cloud exclusively through smartphones that utilized Bluetooth 4.0. The Opeka system transmits data to the cloud automatically. This is very important particularly for older people, who cannot use sophisticated electronic gadgets.

Opeka can transfer information not only to the cloud, but also through Bluetooth sensors to a regular computer.

The Opeka electronic wristbands enable efficient health monitoring of a range of people, including patients at home or in the hospital, elderly people who live alone, and workers engaged in critical industries, such as nuclear power plant operators.

The creators of the system have promised a complementary model in the near future with even more options, including the reduction of skin conductivity, which helps control the level of stress and enables a patient to fall asleep. The wristband will also be able to identify elevated or reduced blood pressure without using inflatable cuffs.