Masimo to connect passive health monitoring to home stereos during legal battle with Apple

by | Jan 4, 2023 | Digital Health

In an effort to improve individual wellness, Masimo is integrating its passive health monitoring technology with the home entertainment system businesses it just acquired.
Personal health information may be communicated with clinicians over Masimo’s servers, according to the business, using a software update to Denon’s HEOS entertainment system and Masimo’s Home Health Hubs. The growth comes as Masimo and AliveCor, another manufacturer of passive monitoring devices, are engaged in a legal dispute with Apple over the alleged theft of their monitoring technology for the Apple Watch. As wearables for chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease become more accessible and affordable, it makes sense to integrate home entertainment systems with patient care data. The allow clinicians and caregivers to keep track of patients and act swiftly when their circumstances change. The move also explains why Sound United, the owner of several renowned audio brands like Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, Polk Audio, Marantz, and Boston Acoustics, was acquired by Masimo, the Irvine, California-based manufacturer of passive monitors like the new W1 health tracking watch, in April.

Those technologies would “bring about natural and yet non-intuitive solutions to people around the globe in home and in hospitals,” according to Masimo CEO Joe Kiani at the time. The initial instance is currently available. A software upgrade can initially enable 20,000 Denon HEOS home entertainment systems and Masimo’s own linked device, the Home Health hub, according to the company’s statement. The business claimed that it will activate roughly 4 million gadgets by the end of the next year. The wireless technology supports voice control and the connection of several devices and apps. Health information, such as oxygen saturation, pulse rate, respiration rate, hydration, and temperature, are continuously accessible as users move about their houses, the company claimed. Additionally, the platform will allow users to host telehealth sessions using their current home TV and audio system rather than forcing them to use a home computer, which can be difficult for elderly or less mobile patients.

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