MindMics uses Bluetooth-enabled headphones to collect continuous biomarker data for clinical research without interrupting the patient’s daily routine.
Current technology has some limitations when it comes to collecting clinical-grade data for medical research. Typically, the options are medical tests that provide only a snapshot or consumer devices such as smartwatch health trackers, which can lack the accuracy required for research.
MindMics is filling that gap with a non-invasive continuous monitoring device. Bluetooth enabled-earbuds use sound waves to monitor bodily responses such as blood pressure and heart function when the patient is using the earbuds. They have a high sound quality and are compatible with any smart device to avoid any interruption to daily routine. Any time the patient is listening to music or a podcast through the earbuds, the data is being collected.
Machine-learning algorithms use that information to detect stress response, heart rhythms, and heart failure. The data has clinical-level accuracy, demonstrating a 99% correlation with an ECG or a typical electrical heart trace.
Being able to collect continuous clinical-grade data without high costs or inconveniencing patients can enable more research. It can reduce the cost of clinical trials during drug development, and a device that doesn’t interrupt a person’s daily activities will make the idea of participating in clinical studies more appealing.
Clinical trials are the basis of almost all advancements being made in understanding and treating various diseases. Technology such as MindMics and apps such as uMotif enable scientists to do more with fewer resources, increase engagement, and improve the pace of medical developments.