Sport announced it has received the FDA’s green light to scale up remote monitoring of patients with fluid management conditions such as heart failure and kidney disease.
Heart scale, for people 21 years of age and older who weigh less than 397 pounds, can used for tracking body weight, pulse rate, central pressure, and peripheral impedance, which can signal changes in water retention.
Bodyport is introducing scale as a way for care teams to non-invasively monitor fluid status changes and intervene before more advanced care is needed. More than 10 hospitals and health systems in the US have used the tool in Bodyport’s research, according to the company, and it plans to roll it out more widely later this year.
“The Bodyport Cardiovascular Scale is a significant step forward in the standard of care for the remote management of patients with cardiovascular diseases. By providing a longitudinal view of fluid status, care teams can manage patients more effectively through simple, optimized medication and lifestyle adjustments,” Corey Centen, the company’s co-founder, president and CTO, said in a statement.
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Another company offering smart scales is connected health technology company Withings, which also makes devices like watches, sleeping mats and blood pressure monitors. Earlier this year, it announced a new scale called Body Scan aims to provide information on segmented body composition, neural activity, and cardiovascular health. Withings said it plans to release its device later this year, pending regulatory approval.
Other players creating connected scales include Garmin, Omron and FitTrack. Meanwhile, some startups provide tools to Remote patient monitoring. Last month, the Association for Digital Medicine released four toolkits aims to help healthcare systems and providers use data from these sensors at scale.
Bodyport CEO John Lipman said in a statement: “The comprehensive health assessment from the Heart Scale provides personalized, data-driven care for those in need.” “This FDA 510(k) authorization is an important milestone, allowing us to expand our reach to support our goal of keeping people with fluid management conditions healthier. and not going to the hospital.”