STAT earphone in person’s ear.

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Digital health startup STAT Health has designed a device to help people better understand why they are experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, fainting and brain fog.

STAT validity Tuesday announce The new wearable in-ear STAT device, which measures blood flow to the head. When users stand up, the earpiece automatically tracks changes in heart rate, blood pressure direction, and blood flow, useful insights for patients who commonly experience dizziness and fainting spells as a result of illnesses such as prolonged COVID-19 and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), among others. other.

Users can track their metrics in an app on their mobile phone and get insights into how their lifestyle choices are affecting symptoms. The STAT earphone has also been shown to predict fainting minutes before it happens, according to peer-reviewed findings published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology this year.

The wearable is neither diagnostic nor a form of treatment, but it can serve as a resource for patients who are often told their symptoms are not real, said Daniel Lee, CEO of STAT Health.

“These residents and a lot of doctors can’t really gauge that anything isn’t necessarily wrong with them,” Lee told CNBC in an interview. “They’re told it’s only in their heads because there’s no way to measure it. But there is a way to verify that something is wrong and that their experiments are legitimate.”

Lee said STAT will help give patients access to real-time insights to help them decide when they can push themselves, and when they should take it easy.

The founders of STAT Health hold the earphone.

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Lee co-founded STAT Health in 2020 with Paul Jin, with whom he previously ran Bose’s Health Product Innovation Group. Lee said he set out to build the company after losing his father, who faints regularly from heart problems, and breaking six ribs.

“He just pushes it and ends up being unpredictable when that happens, which is why he keeps hurting himself so badly,” he told me. “That’s where we started, and that’s what inspired us to say, ‘Let’s try to see if we can measure something.'”

The Boston-based startup has grown to about 12 employees, and the company has raised $5.1 million in seed funding to date, in addition to the separate grant funding it received from the US Air Force.

The STAT wearable is small and located in the upper corner of the ear. Its placement means it’s compatible with most other devices such as headphones or in-ear or around-the-ear glasses. The device is designed to be ergonomic, Lee said, and users can leave it on while showering or sleeping.

The earpiece consists of an optical sensor, accelerometer, pressure sensor, and temperature sensors. The battery life lasts more than three days, but it also comes with a small solar panel, which means some users may not need to take it off to charge it.

“It’s supposed to be comfortable and stable and get a good signal in the midst of your normal daily activities,” he told me.

STAT Health said it is targeting a $50 per month subscription for its device, and will aim to reduce the cost over time for subscribers in the long term. Pricing is still subject to change, but the company is taking pre-order $1 deposits for the earbuds starting Tuesday. Deposits will provide a spot in line for early access.

Lee said he believes the STAT device will eventually help patients learn about their own bodies and what works best for them. “The goal is to give them a tool to measure what matters so that they can live a normal life more often,” he said.


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