Wearable patch predicts patients’ next heart attack before it happens

vc_angle-1_white2-e1461615650603The problem with doctors is you only see them after you’re sick. Prevention is preferable.

A new generation of wearable sensors is finally living up to that promise by letting patients get constant, personalized care wherever they go. The convergence of several innovations—small, efficient electronics, smartphone-enabled telemetry and digital patient data—is now opening the way, defeating past barriers of slow wireless connections, insecure data transmission, power-hungry equipment and uncertain regulation.

Preventable hospital readmissions cost Medicare and Medicaid $17 billion (pdf, p2) in 2014, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Heart failure was one of the worst offenders. A quarter of the 5.1 million people afflicted annually end up back in the hospital with thirty days of discharge.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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