source of inspiration Netera Technologies It came from the most technical source possible: Apple founder Steve Jobs.
“It may sound strange, but Steve Jobs was hospitalized for a long time and one of his complaints was that you needed to attach an oxygen monitor to your finger. How could there be no solution to this thing,” recalls Isaac Littman, founder and CEO of Neteera.
“This is how the idea for our technology was born,” he explains.
“How can we monitor people without forcing them to wear things, without touching them, without having to tie them to anything. After all, we live in the contactless era.”
Neteera, founded in 2015, has developed a small device that can be placed next to patients to monitor heart rate, respiratory rate, breathing depth, and inhalation-exhalation ratio.
It can be placed within five feet of patients, works through clothing and bedding, and sends all collected privacy-compliant data to the cloud and from there to different platforms for caregivers.
When they got going, Litman and his partners knew they wanted their contactless solution to collect enough data without any privacy or camera issues; to be affordable; No need for maintenance and cleaning between patients.
“Radar technology solves all of these problems in the right way, with good performance and at a reasonable price,” he says.
Litman says that Neteera is the only company in the world that uses high-frequency radar specifically programmed to monitor human vital signs.
“When our heart beats and when we breathe, certain movements arise in our bodies,” Littman explains.
“Our device sends out a very weak, safe signal that knows how to penetrate clothing or linen, not skin — it’s non-invasive. Once that signal touches skin, it sees skin movement and feeds it back into the system. Then we translate skin movement into actionable data.”
Neteera’s contactless health monitoring competitors, Litman says, primarily use off-the-shelf cameras or radar systems.
“We have the advantage that we can get more data out of this cheaper wireless device and it doesn’t use a camera, so it has no privacy or maintenance aspects,” he says.
Moreover, “If tomorrow we want to add features such as sleep monitoring or sleep disturbance detection, you don’t need to switch the system. These additional features can only be added through a software update.”
Litman points out that Neteera’s solution has many potential use cases, from monitoring patients in hospitals and nursing homes to monitoring the elderly at home.
It is currently being deployed in 15 nursing homes in the United States, having received FDA approval last September. The next step will be hospitals and homes.
The Jerusalem-based firm has raised $30 million since its founding from both venture capital firms and private investors. It has 30 employees and is now in an early stage of growth.
“This means that there are already demands for what we manage to produce, and we have started working to increase production and transportation. In terms of demand, our challenge now is not to attract new clients or orders but to meet the existing demand.”
Covid has shown the importance of Neteera’s solution, says Littman.
“I think many organizations have realized on the one hand the benefits to patients and on the other hand the benefit of not going into patients’ rooms and touching them.”
“The other thing that happened post-Covid is that there is a shortage of medical and paramedical workforces in the United States and around the world,” he notes. “Technology can become a solution to some of these workforce challenges.”
“Everything has really accelerated our research, development, and adoption of our technology.”
Litman plans to continue adding more capabilities to the Neteera system. Having a “very important collaboration” with a US research organization will further this development.
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