Holistic Modular Aircrew Physiologic Status Monitoring System
The HMAPS program is funded by NAWCADPAX. The objective overall is to develop and mature sensor suite and algorithm technology that will detect, predict, and warn of decreased cognitive function before a physiologic episode in flight occurs. The current effort is to upgrade and demonstrate the current functional prototype hardware and software developed under the initial HMAPS program and is particularly directed at reducing technology risk, engineering, and life-cycle cost risk and to determine the appropriate set of technologies to be integrated into the full system. The program includes directly applicable tasks to address prototype configuration upgrades, electronics and software refinements, an iterative in-house test program to produce a more mature pre-production product, and the associated program management requirements. The scope also includes efforts to determine the feasibility to add hydration status and refine ongoing estimates of respiratory mechanics in HMAPS. These proposed additional efforts are viewed as key to improve overall applicability to the intended aviation application of HMAPS and others within the military. The effort leverages ongoing work in dehydration sensing and impedance technologies under the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Autonomous Critical Care System (ACCS) program currently planned for transition in 2018-19.
Physiologic episodes have been documented in fixed wing tactical aircraft and highlight the need for a physiologic status monitor that includes: a platform independent person-mounted monitoring / warning system that accounts for individual physiologic tolerance; correlates physiologic decrements to cognitive deficit; provides timely detection and prediction of deficits to present a reliable alert before crisis exists; integrates with existing equipment / clothing. Environmental stressors and physiologic factors impact the cardiovascular, pulmonary and cerebrovascular systems and cause impaired psychomotor and cognitive function. Tolerance to the stressors varies not only from person to person, but changes for individuals based on health and fitness levels. While commercial personal health monitoring systems have been developed for clinical and sports applications, none are directly applicable to the military aviation environment, have the level of sensing embedded into HMAPS, or have the underlying dynamic predictive algorithm that adapts to individual differences and accounts for routine exposures to rapidly changing environmental stresses that result in reduced oxygen supplies to brain and other tissues.
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HsPro®- Holistic Sensing- Professional Version
The HMAPS program is currently funded by NAWCADPAX and Athena GTX has spun off a commercial variant for first responders called HsPro. The objective of the program is to develop and mature a commercial wearable sensor suite and extensively leverage the ongoing US Navy platform with new algorithm technology that will detect, predict, and warn of decreased operator function before an injury or incident occurs. While commercial personal health monitoring systems have been developed for clinical and sports applications, none are directly applicable to the First Responder environment, have the level of sensing embedded into HsPro, the robust connectivity, or have the underlying dynamic predictive algorithms that adapts to individual differences and accounts for routine exposures to rapidly changing environmental stresses that result in compromised performance. This product is now being developed into a commercial fire fighter and SWAT member product for wearable sensing and state assessment. Currently the wearables industry is hot but capability is limited without significantly burdening the user. HsPro addresses the wearable market explosion, as wearables are the new tech buzzword.
This need is clearly astounding and was not truly anticipated a decade ago. What has fueled this market is miniaturization of electronics and the explosion of a more connected world. According to “Wearable Technology Market (Consumer Electronics, Healthcare, Enterprise & Industrial, and Others), the overall market for wearable technology and health apps is expected to reach $31.27 billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 17.8% between 2015 and 2020. Growth here is double or triple other market segments. Although we do not plan to compete in the market with Fit-Bit technology “knock-offs”, we are developing a wearable with higher end product that touch markets more tied to medical data response rather than simply physiological or health status. This is the niche the US Navy is funding us to work on for them right now with an aviation variant. Commercializing HMAPS into HsPro is key to the future strategy. It is rapidly defining its market and optimum pathway to solutions and we want to participate heavily.