Prosper Women Entrepreneurs Invests in Smart Monitor

Smart Monitor’s innovative SmartWatch is earning attention and winning support. Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, an organization in St. Louis, has selected Smart Monitor for its capital investment and accelerator program. Smart Monitor is one of six women-led companies that was selected for the program.

The resources and support will help Smart Monitor leverage their increasing media attention. The company has earned significant attention for their flagship product, the SmartWatch. The SmartWatch is a discrete wristwatch that alerts caregivers when repetitive shaking motion occurs, which may indicate the start of a convulsion. The watch has been profiled by multiple publications, including the examiner.com, WT VOX, and eHealth radio. Epilepsy & Behavior, the cutting-edge journal on epilepsy, has also covered the SmartWatch’s promising trial results.

People are engaged and excited about SmartWatch’s many applications. The epilepsy community is excited about the security and freedom it affords. Clinicians are using SmartWatch’s data collection to better assess patients. Innovators are intrigued by the union of medical science and wearable technology.

Smart Monitor’s SmartWatch is a unique solution to a problem 2.7 million people face daily. When repetitive motion is detected, a text message with GPS location and a phone call alerts family members or caregivers. The SmartWatch is affordable, easy to set up, non-invasive, and effective. The watch pulls together math, cloud-based analytics, and GPS technology to track motions that may indicate a seizure and alert caregivers. All of the hard work happens in the watch’s technology, not the hospital.

SmartWatch has been designed to enhance the independence and autonomy of people prone to certain types of convulsive seizures. It gives peace of mind to those with epilepsy and their parents, friends, co-workers, etc. For children, who make up 60 percent of SmartWatch users, the watch is the key to more independence and less anxiety. For their parents, SmartWatch is a priceless key to safety.

“For people with chronic health conditions, and their caregivers, this product provides incredible peace of mind,” says Nathan.

About SmartMonitor

Starting with its flagship product, the SmartWatch, Smart Monitor is dedicated to improving quality of life for people with chronic health conditions. It innovates monitoring and tracking technology for use in complex medical circumstances. The startup is based in San Jose, Ca., and specializes in uniting sensor, mobile, cloud technologies, and big-data analytics.

Media Inquiries:

Anoo Nathan
CEO
SmartMonitor
888.334.5045

For more details about Smart Monitor’s involvement with Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, or the SmartWatch, or to schedule an interview with Anoo Nathan, please contact Anoo Nathan at 888.334.5045 or anoo@smart-monitor.com.

SmartWatch from Smart Monitor Starts New Trial at NYU Langone Medical Center

Smart Monitor is pleased to announce the start of clinical studies of SmartWatch at NYU’s Langone Medical Center. Researchers will study “Detecting Ictal Impairment using a simple task and a wirst worn device” in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This study is supported in part by grant funding from the Danny DID Foundation. This funding will make NYU the third epilepsy center currently participating in trials among children, teenagers, and adults at four sites across the United States.

One in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy during their lifetime, and one-third of people with epilepsy continue to have seizures despite treatment with medication, making alternative resources essential for their care and safety.

Developed by San Jose based Smart Monitor, SmartWatch® is a solution for the ongoing management of epilepsy and seizure related disorders. The solution fuses together wearable devices, mobile technology and cloud based analytics to maximize patient safety, and provide data to physicians (never available before in an outpatient setting) to optimize therapeutic regimens and enhance clinical outcomes. Alerts are sent within seconds after the onset of repetitive shaking motion allowing family and caregivers to institute timely intervention measures maximizing patient safety. Detailed episodic information, medication adherence, passive and active data is collected continuously and seamlessly on a secure HIPAA compliant server. SmartWatch maximizes patient engagement and enables physicians to more efficaciously manage chronic conditions such as epilepsy.

Trials are ongoing at Stanford University-an inpatient study focused on the device’s ability to accurately detect seizures and record them into an online epilepsy diary-and the University of Virginia, where an outpatient study examines whether the SmartWatch can help to reduce anxiety among teens and their parents. Additional trials are expected to begin at Boston Children’s Hospital in early 2015.

“We are proud to continue this partnership with the Danny Did Foundation for a series of important studies that stand to change the lives of millions of people affected by epilepsy,” says Anoo Nathan, CEO of Smart Monitor. “Through this grant, we have the unique opportunity within these four venues to research and collect data on different aspects of epilepsy, demonstrate the value of our SmartWatch and ultimately optimize ongoing clinical and therapeutic care.” “It is a goal of Danny’s cause to grow the awareness and use of devices and technology that can help to enable early intervention when seizure activity occurs,” says Tom Stanton, Executive Director of the Danny Did Foundation. “Gathering data from clinical settings is a key step in giving doctors and parents the comfort level to know that a device is effective. We’re excited to continue this research in a epilepsy center as respected as NYU.”

The SmartWatch won the 2014 Health Innovation Award at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and has been selected as a finalist again for CES 2015 for Chronic Condition Management.

About Smart Monitor
Smart Monitor empowers and engages patients and care providers to better manage complex chronic health conditions. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Smart Monitor fuses together sensor, mobile, and cloud technologies with big data analytics in a seamless environment for optimizing care and outcomes. Smart Monitor’s patent-protected solutions foster autonomy and enhance safety for people with chronic health conditions, while offering significant peace of mind to their families and care providers. For more information, visit www.smart-monitor.com.

About Danny Did Foundation
Founded by Chicagoans Mike and Mariann Stanton in January 2010 after the sudden death of their four-year-old son Danny, the Danny Did Foundation’s primary mission is to prevent deaths caused by seizures. The Foundation is dedicated to advancing public awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), enhancing the SUDEP communication model between medical professionals and families impacted by seizures, and gaining mainstream acceptance and use of seizure detection and prediction devices that may assist in preventing seizure-related deaths. Epilepsy affects nearly 3 million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide. One in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy during their lifetime. Seizures can be fatal—more people die as a result of seizures than from fires and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) combined—and thousands of deaths occur annually from SUDEP, status epilepticus (prolonged seizures), and other seizure-related causes such as drowning and other accidents. The name of the Danny Did Foundation originates from the last line of Danny Stanton’s obituary, written by his dad: “Please go and enjoy your life. Danny did.”

Personal Profile: Hugo Weaving

Personal Profile: Did you know that the actor, Hugo Weaving, from such films as Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, V for Vendetta, and Transformers, has epilepsy? He says: “I was diagnosed as epileptic when I was 13 and had seizures once a year until my 40’s. Then they just stopped. I was basically doped for 30 years on epilepsy drugs.” He goes on to say: “I’m always happy in nature. Up on our dairy farm, a big sky above our heads, beautiful stars, a river. We plant trees and grow vegetables and do nothing except physical work. I love to put my arms around a gum tree. If someone walked through our farm in 100 years and saw all the trees we planted, that would be a cool way to be remembered.” — Quotes, from The Guardian Newspaper