Sempulse Press Kit

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Elevator Pitch

Sempulse's Halo applies in seconds to the back of the ear and wirelessly monitors 100+ patients' vital signs, non-invasively and in non-sterile conditions.  That's pulse oximetry (SpO2), heart rate, respiratory rate, core body temperature, and the industry's first cuffless blood pressure within 2 seconds of application.

This data is then securely transmitted to a medic's tablet and simultaneously to remote physicians to allow them to add their expertise. Today, medics have to manually take vital signs with their fingers and stethoscopes and then subjectively decide who to help first.  Our system automatically retrieves patients' vital signs, objectively prioritizes them by severity, and then allow medics to actually do what they're trained to do: care for the wounded.
Concept
According to the U.S. Army, during the last 2 major conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan 51.4% of those soldiers who did not come home died of potentially survivable causes. Outpatient surgeries are on pace to double within 3 years. Mass casualty events like the Las Vegas shooting or an Amtrak crash leave first responders unequipped to locate and treat patients in priority order - sometimes people are lost because they weren't seen in front of others would could have managed to wait. Nursing home populations will continue to increase with the influx of Baby Boomers. Multiple vehicle traffic accidents require patients to wait for multiple ambulances to accommodate the wounded. All of these pointed us at Sempulse to create the Halo, a small, lightweight sensor that affixes to the back of ear, leaving full mobility and sensory awareness, and delivers high efficacy vital signs monitoring within seconds. Sempulse: Because Every Life Counts.

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Sempulse operated in stealth mode until January 2018, then later that month we won the People's Choice award at the HealthTech Austin Medical Device Summit. We followed that up in February 2018 by being selected to join MassChallenge Texas, NSF's Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, and The University of Texas's Dell Medical School's Texas Health Catalyst program, all after presenting at SXSW.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this important?
Military medics use the same tools and techniques that were used in WW2, their fingertips and stethoscopes. With all the technology that soldier's are already carrying, it's about time that modern technology came into play for field triage.
Why doesn't this already exist?
We get asked this a lot. Similar devices show up a lot in science fiction and video games, but the technology to acquire all of the biometrics to get the 5 major vital signs wasn't small enough to make it useful until just recently.
Where did this idea come from?
One of my partners came back from Afghanistan a few years ago. We stopped to order a pizza and my partner's app on his phone knew exactly where he was and remembered what he ordered last. He asked, "why couldn't we have this over in Afghanistan?" That question started everything.

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Sempulse Features

Sempulse provides 4 distinct service modules that are flexible both in combination (they can be decoupled or grouped as needed) as well as configuration of each (protocols, security assets, etc).  These service modules are:
  • Halo Device – Miniature sensors, wireless connectivity
  • Field Vitals App – Real time, reliable and continuous (multi patient) measurement
  • Command Cloud Platform – Remote physicians, telemedicine, evacuation/transit
  • Life Analytics  – AI structures, protocol tools, and data services

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