Our Company's mission is to reduce hospital costs by lowering post-acute patient readmission rates. We do this by monitoring these patient's health in their home using medical-grade, self-charging wearable tech, mobile apps, and cloud software, such that physicians can monitor their patient's health in real time.
INVIZA® Health's Founders are no mere tech gurus but bona fide wizards of software, including AI, ML and firmware, and sensor and energy harvester design. They've uncovered a shocking truth: the wearable health and fitness trackers in today's market are, to put it mildly, seriously flawed and can be highly inaccurate. As a Stanford University research study revealed, the Top 7 smartwatches calculate burned calories with a woeful inaccuracy rate of 27-93% (smart bands and smart rings can be no better). And that's not all. Step counting is way off too, with the wearable tracker often perched on an arm or hand, compromising accuracy. Vital signs are no exception, optical and contact sensors cannot maintain a closed environment (e.g. a gap between a smartwatch's and smart ring's optical sensors and the wrist if the wearer likes to wear them loose), which cause inaccuracies in the measured values for heart rate, blood oxygen saturation "SpO2", and body temperature.
Furthermore, typical Hospital-at-Home (HaH) / RPM and DTx devices have to be plugged into an AC power outlet, are not mobile, and can be quite expensive. The patient's data is not always transmitted via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and never via LTE cellular outside the hospital or home. Health data then has to be entered manually by the patient. Errors in typing can occur and the data might not be entered immediately. This leads to patient compliance issues too, where data isn't taken or it may be forgotten to be entered.
But INVIZA's Founders refuse to stand idly by and watch people's health suffer due to inaccurate wearables and AC powered, non-timely RPM and DTx devices. With a mission to offer highly medical-grade, self-charging, wearable RPM and DTx devices at an affordable price; INVIZA® Health is here to save the day!
Driven by the heart-wrenching stories of friends, colleagues, and family members who have suffered or lost their lives to illnesses, INVIZA's team has poured their hearts and souls into creating wearable technology that's not just reliable but convenient too (see My Founder's Story below). Their wearable RPM and DTx insoles contain medical-grade, non-invasive optical sensors, measure movement data, connect via both Bluetooth and LTE-cellular communications, and they harness the energy from a user's steps. The latter ensures that the patients walk more, because they do not have to worry about recharging their smart insoles the more steps they take. That's a huge win-win for the patient's health and engagement to ensure compliance and accuracy of the data for physicians monitoring them at home.
Their first product, INVIZA® Sole 1.0, is a smart insole that takes health monitoring to the next level. Thanks to the insole's enclosed design, the optical sensors that measure vital signs remain at a constant temperature and are shielded from external light sources, which makes them extremely accurate and precise. Oh, did we mention the optical sensor's light can even penetrate through a patient's socks?! The INVIZA® Sole 1.0 smart insoles are a complete game-changer, offering precise HaH / RPM and DTX tracking in a convenient package.
INVIZA® will help patients stay on target and not be readmitted to the hospital post discharge.
INVIZA® Showcases World's 1st Energy Harvesting Powered Digital Health Shoe Insoles to U.S. Air Force
BOSTON, Sept. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – INVIZA® Health was invited to the inaugural Innovare Advancement Center MedTech Workshop at their Internet of Things (IoT) Living Laboratory on August 23, 2022. INVIZA® Health was 1 of the 3 digital health companies invited to present and demo their products for the warfighter. Former U.S. Air Force Major (retired) and Quanterion Solutions' Cybersecurity Program Manager, Cully Patch organized the workshop and invited the companies in which The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and local officials attended.
INVIZA® Health's digital health wearable technology products include their SmartPower™/ piezoelectric energy harvesting powered INVIZA® Sole smart insoles with large suite of health sensors and their INVIZA® CARE 1.0 SmartHealth™, SmartFitness™ and SmartSafety™ platform (see Figure 1). With INVIZA®'s revolutionary SmartPower™ technology users will never have to recharge their wearable health tracker's battery – power is generated inside the thin insoles from walking, running, and exercising.
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You may chuckle at the above hilarious picture of a Chinese woman and her child reacting to a towering 6'5" tall, 330 lbs American, but what lies beneath wasn't all fun and games. And, the water fountain 💧 behind me foreshadowed events to follow!
Dive into "My Founder's Story" now 👇
Once upon a time, in the bustling city of Shenzhen, China, back in November 2018, there I was, wondering why I had gained so much weight. I was even told by another person who didn’t know me that I didn’t look like my headshot at the conference I was speaking at that week in Shenzhen. Little did I know, my life was about to take an unexpected turn.
Fast forward to January 2019, when I returned to my high-altitude home in Fort Collins, CO, a staggering 5,000+ feet above sea level. That's when peculiar things began to happen. Mysterious water droplets 💧 appeared as I spoke, and my chest hosted eerie sensations that I couldn't quite explain. My heart was racing, and my blood oxygen levels plummeted.
In March, like a brave knight facing the dragon, I confronted my fears and went to see the doctor (a classic move for us men). The wise healer discovered I had a heart murmur . "No way!" I exclaimed. But she insisted, "Yes, you do!" So, she sent me on a quest for a transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) of my heart.
The results were alarming – my heart was on the brink of failure! I had severe aortic regurgitation, a condition where my aortic valve refused to close, allowing blood to be pumped chaotically around my body. My left ventricular chamber was also alarmingly enlarged. As the maestro of my body's water levels, my heart had caused pulmonary edema. Water swelled inside me, filling up my lungs. I was drowning in my own fluid, which accounted for the 48 lbs of added water weight and the droplets escaping from my mouth. The eerie chest sensations? Heart palpitations.
On April 7th, just two days shy of my birthday, my cardiologist issued a dire warning: "You have two months to live without open-heart surgery." This revelation shook me to the core. I underwent surgery on June 12th, performed by a skillful cardiac surgeon in Colorado Springs. And so, I emerged victorious, with a mechanical aortic valve... and the heart of a cyborg.
My body weight plunged, shedding an astonishing 48 lbs (equivalent to 6 gallons of water). After enduring a lengthy recovery process and cardiac rehab, I dared to return to work on October 9th of the same year. Alas, I was not prepared for the challenge, and I collapsed at work on February 21st, 2020. My company laid me off, saying they'd 'eliminated my position' (how very kind of them)!
Yet, fate had a twist in store - this was a blessing in disguise! Though I'd enjoyed a generous salary, cash bonus, and stock bonus, happiness remained elusive. Two months later, I embarked on a new adventure: INVIZA® Health, a venture that harnessed the power of self-powered, medical-grade, smart insoles equipped with non-invasive optical vital sign and motion/movement sensors.
United by our vision, my valiant co-founders Monica Restrepo-Andosca, Christopher Bicek, Nick Bicek, and a growing legion of passionate individuals, we've embarked on a noble quest with INVIZA® Health. Our mission? Revolutionize health and fitness monitoring in real time, to predict illnesses like congestive heart failure and countless others.
Our secret weapon? Smart insoles! With their self-charging remote patient monitoring and digital therapeutics capabilities, these magical devices empower us to track patients post-discharge from acute cardiac, respiratory, pulmonary, and orthopedic hospitalizations. Together, we're turning homes into healing sanctuaries with the innovative Hospital-At-Home approach.
As the sun rises each morning, I embrace the gift of a new day, grateful for the chance to live life to the fullest I can. Together, we forge ahead on our epic journey, dedicated to transforming lives and writing our own happily-ever-afters!
Why did I have congestive heart failure? Well, when you move from 150 feet above sea level to 5,000+ feet about sea level there is less oxygen in the air. I immediately felt shortness of breath living in Fort Collins, CO, but everyone who I worked with said it was normal and would take 3-months or so for my body to start making more red blood cells to carry more oxygen around my body. In the meantime, your heart starts pumping harder to increase oxygen circulation.
What I did not comprehend is that when I was 13-months old I had rheumatic fever, a virus in your heart that damages your heart valves. I never had a problem until I was 51 years old living in CO. The combination of faulting valves, less oxygen and my heart trying to make up for the decrease proved to be deadly.
I wouldn't have gone to the doctor for weight gain, for shortness of breath, weird feelings in my chest, or even being tired. People typically ignore things, and as I said men tend to not want to go to the doctor. Yes, I was being a typical guy!
What did it were those water droplets 💧 These freaked me out, along with all the other symptoms. So I finally went. Thank God or I would be dead now. I am alive, because of those tiny 'actionable insights'!
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