While a CEO is meeting with clients in Taipei or in Paris, his cardiologist in Singapore is checking his electrocardiogram (ECG) in real-time. A triangular medical device measuring 5cm and weighing 50 grams rests hidden on the executive's chest and automatically sends vital information via Bluetooth to his mobile phone, which seamlessly uploads the data to a cloud database.
The device is called Spyder - the world's smallest wireless ECG sensor. WEB Biotechnology, a mobile health care solutions company founded by a doctor, a scientist and an engineer, is behind the innovation.
"ECG is an important biological parameter and has to be monitored continuously for us to make any sense of it," says cardiologist Dr Philip Wong, medical director and co-founder of WEB Biotechnology. "We're making life simpler for patients and doctors by providing a complete mobile solution for heart monitoring from almost anywhere in the world."
Unlike conventional ECG machines, the Spyder is lightweight and easy to use. WEB Biotechnology is offering the product at no startup cost and charging patients utilising the device on a per-use basis. Gaining traction in Southeast Asia, India and Hong Kong, WEB Biotechnology is exploring other markets as it acquires certifications worldwide including the CE mark.
"Distributors will be key to our expansion overseas," Wong says. "We welcome partners that can help us share the benefits of our system to doctors and patients."
WEB Biotechnology also eyes investors who can help fund product development and other initiatives. The company, for example, sees great potential for its technology in the lifestyle segment.
"Spyder can be a wonderful device. If you want to lose weight, it can calculate the calories you burn daily very accurately. We can also put a Spyder on 20,000 runners in a marathon and monitor each of them from the Cloud," Wong says. "Mobile health solutions will revolutionise personalised health care and monitoring."