SA’s LifeQ partners US firm to develop non-invasive body monitoring

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South African health informatics company LifeQ has partnered US-based semiconductor solutions firm Analog Devices to develop technology that will make it possible for non-invasive body monitoring devices to provide highly accurate physiological data.

Analog and LifeQ, which launched globally at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas early last year, have partnered in a bid to provide access to data currently only available through the use of expensive, invasive and hard-to-access equipment.

The idea is that by combining the engineering and innovation of Analog Devices with the unique biomathematical capabilities of LifeQ, sensors can be designed enabling personalised, continuous and accurate tracking of physiological parameters such as heart rate, sleep phases, sleep quality, blood lactate, 24-hour calorie intake and stress markers.

“LifeQ’s collaboration with Analog Devices will enable sensor solutions that meet a higher and wider standard, including new industry benchmarks such as the latest Android Wear requirements,” said Riaan Conradie, co-founder and chief operating officer of LifeQ.

“Our goal is to deliver high-value physiological data to ecosystem partners who are serving consumer lifestyle, corporate wellness and health insurance markets.”

James Doscher, general manager of the Industrial and Business Healthcare Group at Analog Devices,said the development of smart wearable sensors is essential to supercharge the next generation of non-invasive body monitoring solutions.

“ADI offers the semiconductor expertise and LifeQ provides the bio-mathematical understanding needed to develop sensors that can make body monitoring devices even more effective in preventing, predicting and managing diseases,” he said.

“This, in turn, will impact how doctors and patients share information, interact, and make decisions about patient care. Patients can have greater access to vital data about their own bodies and be more involved in their overall health and wellness.”

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