As a robust clinical monitoring platform which can be easily deployed in any location, NASA chose to use the Patient Status Engine to learn how best to monitor explorers as they travel into space.
NASA is collecting data in extreme conditions to be used to learn the best ways to monitor the physiology of future explorers, which is critical for its work to send humans beyond Low Earth Orbit, to the Moon, and eventually to Mars. Dr Erik Antonsen, an Exploration Medical Capability Element Scientist, took the Patient Status Engine to Antarctica on a so-called "analog" mission.
The PSE automatically captured his physiological data through the suite of wireless wearable sensors that make up part of the Patient Status Engine. Two teams also equipped with the Patient Status Engine monitored and mirrored Dr Antonsen's progress whilst he was in Antarctica.
“Convenient, accurate, and versatile wireless medical monitoring is the future of physiological monitoring, whether it’s in the hospital, home, or extreme environments. Testing the Patient Status Engine and its sensors by NASA is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to its potential applications and capabilities.”
Cardiothoracic Surgeon at The Ohio State University
Results of the NASA evaluation confirmed the robustness of the PSE:
Real time vital sign data collected wirelessly
on the continent of of Antarctica
Vital sign data collected and uploaded
from "dry suit" diver, while under the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica
PSE operated robustly in a Moon/Mars
analog type environment
Lifetouch accuracy observed
and data superiority confirmed when compared with consumable PPG sport watch technology
Live-streamed ECG data captured and recorded
and transmitted over distance of 12,260 miles to monitoring teams in the USA
Lifetouch submersed in icy water
and resumed normal functionality after short drying out period
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