A Wearable That Listens for Troubling Coughs

Jul 01, 2016— Quvium, a U.K. startup, has partnered with DSP Concepts, a Silicon Valley firm that sells digital signal-processing technology, to create a wearable device that monitors the coughing sounds of patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or other chronic respiratory ailments, in order to alert caregivers when a patient is likely to have an acute attack that could result in hospitalization. Dubbed CoughAware, the device will soon be validated by physicians and technologists at London’s King’s College, in advance of a clinical trial in the United Kingdom.”We looked at the progression of respiration problems and found that there are indicators of an [acute attack] beginning six to eight hours before it occurs,” says Steve Schmidt, Quvium’s CEO. He and James Collins, Quvium’s product development lead, began…

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