OmnySense and Wolfson Medical Center have started a clinical trial to assess the use of a thermometer-shaped device that monitors and analyses respiratory sounds recorded at the mouth.
The OmnySense smart thermometer has been designed to measure several parameters as part of an integrated Digital Health information system.
It features an in-mouth microphone, which detects respiratory sounds and sends them to the Cloud for analysis using the company’s algorithms.
The respiratory sounds can be used to detect and analyse lung sounds, which can help indicate the medical condition of the user.
The current version of the device also measures other vital signs and parameters, such as pulse rate, electrocardiogram (ECG), temperature, respiratory sounds, respiratory rate and blood oxygenation.
These measurements allow a remote medical team to track a patient’s health condition at home.
The clinical trial of the OmnySense device commenced with a proof of concept, and patient testing is currently underway.
During the trial, respiratory sounds detected using the device will be compared with sounds detected using a standard stethoscope at ten locations on a patient’s chest and back.
Wolfson Medical Center Brunner Institute for Cardiovascular Research internal medical department head Dr Doron Menachemi said: “The objective of the trial is to map the lung sounds as detected by a stethoscope to the sounds detected by the OmnySense device.
“If successful, this will constitute a major step towards enabling remote analysis of the respiratory condition of patients at home, where the patient just uses a simple thermometer-shaped device.”