SA’s LifeQ partners ADI to develop better non-invasive body monitoring devices

LifeQ, a South Africa-based health informatics company, has announced a partnership with Analog Devices Inc, a US-based multinational semiconductor company, to develop better non-invasive body monitoring devices.

The non-invasive body monitoring devices will provide highly accurate physiological data that is currently only available through the use of expensive, invasive and hard-to-access equipment

The partnership will see the two companies design sensors that enable personalized, continuous and accurate tracking of physiological parameters such as heart rate, sleep phases, sleep quality, blood lactate, 24-hour calorie intake as well as stress markers such as salivary cortisol.

Monitoring this type of data can increase early detection of emergency conditions and diseases in at-risk patients.

“LifeQ’s collaboration with ADI 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, LifeQ.

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

With its world leading computational systems biology expertise, LifeQ ensures a unique approach to the construction and acquisition of information from bio-sensors.

Combined with the patented LifeQ bio-mathematical engine, a range of physiological measures that are currently inaccessible, costly and invasive are now available both through wearable devices and via LifeQ’s API.

LifeQ was launched at the Consumer Electronics Show last year by HealthQ, a South Africa-based health tech company.

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.

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,” said James Doscher, general manager, Industrial and Business Healthcare Group, Analog Devices.

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