In the rapidly evolving landscape of health research, the integration of cutting-edge technologies has become paramount for advancing scientific exploration and discovery. The pursuit of innovative methodologies and tools to enhance the precision and scope of health research is a shared concern for academic institutions and researchers worldwide.
Each new research or discovery presents a set of constraints and challenges that researchers and students must go through to secure funding, navigate Institutional Review Boards and Ethics committees and recruit and retain participants, while balancing schedules and pressure to publish. Additionally, obtaining access to specialized equipment and generating high-quality data, sometimes across multiple facilities, can incur significant costs and time commitments. The need for accessible solutions that support researchers and students in their data collection, analysis and interpretation has emerged as a pivotal requirement for universities aspiring to position their institution as top research and innovation hubs on the national and global stage.
This is why leading research institutions including McGill University, Alma College, Salzburg University, TELUQ, The University of Arizona, and the University of Alberta, to name a few, have embraced cutting-edge technologies like Hexoskin and Astroskin as integral components of their laboratory equipment & research methodologies to conduct their projects thanks to their relative lower costs for collecting multiparameters high-resolution data and advanced study management and analytics tools.
An illustrative example of an academic institution's commitment to supporting its research community is the University of Arizona's SensorLab. Funded by the University of Arizona Strategic Plan, SensorLab is a Health Sciences initiative bringing students, faculty, industry and community partners together to pioneer human-centered sensor systems. The laboratory connects researchers across disciplines, within health sciences and beyond, to develop a range of health-oriented technologies and digital solutions, including AI, VR, and mobile apps. SensorLab is outfitted with gold-standard and state-of-the-art sensor systems like Hexoskin, environmental monitoring, 360 video and audio recording, XR, coupled with analytical tools and multimodal feedback capabilities to push forward the next generation of sensor-based investigation and discovery.
For students, SensorLab provides two key services: lending equipment and sensors for shared use, as well as dedicated research spaces configured for sensor-based projects. Students can engage at varying levels, from borrowing hardware to actively contributing to the design and development of sensor-driven research.
Over the years, Hexoskin has made it easier for research clients and developers to leverage fully the Hexoskin and Astroskin platform and collaborate on premises and remotely. Research groups such as the team behind the WE SENSE study at McGill University can answer research questions and hypothesis by leveraging the additional sensors provided with Astroskin or Hexoskin to determine the health parameters and metrics that are most relevant to answer their research questions and build their models. Given that Hexoskin and Astroskin offer processed and raw data in multiple formats suitable for advanced analysis, researchers are leveraging the online dashboard and API to extract the data to work on their models using machine learning and artificial intelligence methods.
Other research groups like at Salzburg University are going further in their experimentations by leveraging the SDK tools available to developers for Hexoskin and Astroskin to access the raw data in real time enabling them to build ground breaking apps while also leveraging the data collected in their research to publish scientific papers.
With a presence in over 50 countries and growing, Hexoskin & Astroskin have been adopted and shared across organizations and labs to conduct and deliver projects.
Contact Hexoskin today to discuss how the Hexoskin & Astroskin end-to-end platform can support your projects.
Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, CEO of Hexoskin was selected as an Innovation Leader for the #LSIUSA22 Emerging Medtech Summit. Hexoskin's CEO will present at the event on March 15-18, 2022, and announce exciting new products and partnerships aimed to help patients have better access to healthcare.
Pierre-Alexandre has been involved in health sensor development and artificial intelligence projects for over 15 years and advises many public and private organizations on these topics in the US, Canada and Europe. Pierre-Alexandre is also an advocate for transparency in healthcare, patient empowerment, and healthcare innovation through design.
Hexoskin Smart Garments utilize embedded textile sensors to continuously monitor vital signs. Hexoskin smart clothing is capable of monitoring cardiac, pulmonary, activity, and sleep digital biomarkers.
The Emerging Medtech Summit will feature 150 vetted presenting companies, panel sessions, 1:1 meetings, and networking opportunities.
Hexoskin is attending the 2017 BIO conference in San Diego this week, and will be demonstrating its connected health platform and biometric shirt at the Quebec pavilion (booth 4315).
The Hexoskin open-data platform enables the development of new digital markers, third-party device integration, ePROs, artificial intelligence and application-specific development.
In order to meet clinical trial development requirements, Hexoskin works in partnership with pharma and biotechs to design efficient protocols for continuous patient monitoring. Clinical areas of interest include those with a need for longitudinal studies in cardiology, respiratory, sleep, CNS, activity, stress, mental illness, etc.
The Hexoskin software research platform is designed to generate continuous health data for the development of Artificial Intelligence (machine learning) algorithms for chronic diseases management. Hexoskin also offers AI and data science services to pharma and biotech companies.
Thanks to all who came to visit our booth to discuss wearable tech, fitness and digital health, we hope to see you again soon!
More than 4,700 people visited the show in London March 15-16 to see the latest wearable tech products and listen to speakers about what's going to come in the next few years.
More info about the awards here.
"These shirts are designed to give athletes the same sort of data they could get from a performance lab—for example, heart rate recovery and lung capacity—but in more natural environments and without needing to be hooked up to a machine."
"Since the shirts went on sale in 2013, use by professional athletes has been growing. Several members of the Canadian Olympic team in Sochi last year used Hexoskin shirts, including sisters Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe, who won gold and silver, respectively, in the dual moguls competition. The Brooklyn Nets strength and conditioning coach Dr. Jeremy Bettle also uses the shirts to track his players’ physiology both on and off the court. And Cirque du Soleil even uses Hexoskin to monitor its performers during training."
"According to Fournier, one future use of Hexoskin shirts could be screening for possible concussions in sports. Though the shirts would not provide sufficient data to diagnose a concussion, they could be used to pick up some of the early symptoms, including breathing and heart rate irregularities, allowing team doctors to work out which players might need closer medical attention."
Read the paper here: Hexoskin's biometric shirt offers wearable performance tracking