Milton Park based Isansys travels with NASA to Antarctica

A NASA exploration scientist was monitored on his recent mission to Antarctica by Isansys’ Patient Status Engine, a physiological data collection platform that monitors individuals wirelessly and in real-time.  NASA are evaluating the tool to learn how to monitor explorers as they travel into space.

Dr Erik Antonsen, the Exploration Medical Capability Element Scientist, performed a range of experiments including the evaluation of the Milton Park based Isansys’ monitoring system in extreme and remote environments.

The Patient Status Engine automatically captured Dr Antonsen’s physiological data through a suite of wireless, wearable sensors that make up part of the Patient Status Engine.  Two teams also equipped with the Patient Status Engine, monitored his progress to view his healthcare status all the time.

Dr Peter Lee, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at The Ohio State University, who helped initiate this demonstration, said: “Convenient, accurate and versatile wireless medical monitoring is the future of physiological monitoring, whether it’s in the hospital, home, or extreme environments.”

“Testing the Patient Status Engine and its sensors by NASA is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to its potential applications and capabilities.”

Throughout Dr Antonsen’s voyage, the data, including his heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and temperature, was collected and analysed by the Patient Status Engine.  This data was relayed back to Dr Lee’s team in America, via satellite phone, where they are now assessing its accuracy, validity and acquisition.  Communication links and integration with prototype medical data systems are also being looked at.

The data collected will help NASA learn the best ways to monitor the physiology of future explorers, which is critical for sending humans beyond Low Earth Orbit, to the Moon and eventually to Mars.

Joe Swantack, CEO of STARK Industries which is working with Isansys to install the Patient Status Engine in extreme environments, said: “We’re completely immersing the Patient Status Engine in the world’s most extreme cold-weather environment, -40 to -50F; conditions that closely approximate a ‘surface’ EVA* on a manned-mission to the red planet.”

Liz Swantack, Co-Director of Development and Nurse Consultant said: “We’ll be wirelessly monitoring Dr Antonsen in the same way we’re monitoring patients in hospital and healthcare communities.  The physiological responses created beneath the cold-weather gear, monitored in real-time, will generate high-definition digitised data sets for further analysis.”

*(Extra Vehicular Activity)