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Philips licenses Air Force technology that provides mobile monitoring of patients


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 5th, 2018

Leading health tech company Philips Healthcare has signed a non-exclusive license agreement with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to commercialize a mobile app that provides integrated patient monitoring in real time.

The Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit (Batdok) app involves a wearable device that allows medics to monitor multiple injuries in the field through a smartphone or tablet. Philips plans to adapt the technology for civilian applications, using wireless sensors to send patients’ vitals to the device and provide enhanced decision-making for medical personnel by alerting them to changes in patient condition.

“By combining exceptional mobility, user experience and reliability, Philips will use Batdok to improve patient monitoring,” says Kirk Hendler, vice president of business development for government solutions. “This all-in-one mobile solution will enhance care delivery by bringing critical data to decision makers.”

Techlink, the tech transfer arm of the Department of Defense, assisted Philips in licensing the technology and developing a commercialization plan that included both government and civilian applications.

“Many of the DoD’s medical inventions have potential dual-use civilian applications,” says Joan Wu-Singel, senior technology manager at TechLink. “In this case, Batdok could be used in a hospital setting, ambulances, and we’re even imagining it could help address opioid abuse through dosage monitoring.”

Source: EurekAlert!

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