The BodiMetrics medical device received FDA approval last December and is now on the market for the public as well as hospitals and potentially for other institutions such as the Department of Veterans Affairs.
According to founder Neil Friedman, the hand-held, 3-ounce performance monitor measures important vitals within 20 seconds, including heart activity (electrocardiogram), heart rate, systolic blood pressure, blood oxygenation and body temperature.
“You do this every morning when you wake up in bed ... don't drink any coffee, get to a quiet spot and check yourself daily and you know if you're good to go,” said Friedman, a Redondo Beach resident who is bringing the device to market with Mark Goettling.
Friedman said BodiMetrics allows the public to be more educated about their bodies. The device also features a “Relax Me” function that uses heart rate tracking and relaxation exercises to “reduce stress and improve the user's health.”
Friedman, a long-time entrepreneur, traveled to Asia more than 150 times while transitioning from the weight loss business to telehealth, or using technology to deliver medical services to the public or doctors. With today's technology, medical results can be received or sent through Bluetooth or via Skype.
“He's (doctor) in his office and you're at home, he could essentially analyze you from there,” Friedman said. “The key now is keeping you out of the hospital and keeping you at home because the hospitals today are fined if you're readmitted within 30 days. They get a bonus if you stay out longer then 30 days.”
BodiMetrics can store hundreds of records for four family members and can synch with a free mobile iOS or Android app. The company is also developing a dashboard that organizes a family's medical information—everything from immunization records to X-rays. It will also keep track of serious medical threats like monitoring glucose levels to sleep apnea.
Friedman currently has distribution rights for North and South America, Africa and parts of Europe. The device, which is $249 to the public, will soon be available for Blue Cross and Blue Shield clients. It can currently be purchased at Bloomingdales.
Friedman feels the device will have an enormous impact on health and liability issues when it comes to sports.
“This is going to change the liability issue for every high school, college, profession team, coach, trainer, because now they have the ability to check their athletes prior to events,” Friedman said.
For more information, visit bodimetrics.com.