Elevator Pitch: Bitome uses miniaturized magnetic resonance technology to non-invasively track bodily hydration state. Bitome's first product allows congestive heart failure patients to detect early signs of congestion at-home and self-regulate their fluid intake; thus, avoiding unnecessary trips to the hospital ER and saving insurance providers, hospitals, and patients money with simple preventative care technology.
Problem: A variety of medical conditions involve the body's inability to properly regulate fluids; for congestive heart failure (CHF), this means becoming hyperhydrated (i.e. congested). Congestion can lead to hospitalization or, if left untreated, even death. Care providers currently rely on patients to self-diagnose signs of congestion, such as edema, and correspondingly seek emergency medical services upon detection. However, many false-positive hospital admissions occur because of inaccurate hydration measuring technology – more than $40B is spent annually to treat CHF patients.
Need Statement: There is a clinical need for a noninvasive, accurate hydration monitoring technology – skin turgor tests are currently most widely used. While this summary describes the needs of CHF patients, clinicians are also interested in hydration monitoring for kidney failure treatment optimization, liver failure patient monitoring, pregnancy monitoring, pharmacological toxicity studies, neonatal and geriatric care monitoring.
Solution: Bitome offers an easy and non-invasive way to measure body hydration: we leverage magnetic resonance (the same technology underlying MRI machines) to detect water molecules in the body. This measurement is localized and can detect changes in body hydration over time, in order to help care providers and patients manage chronic conditions (e.g. congestive heart failure) that are heavily influenced by hydration state. Further, the technology is inexpensive and designed for at-home use.
Impact: Within 5 years, we hope that our device is as common as a thermometer or blood pressure cuff, so that hydration state is a vital sign used to improve care. We're democratizing healthcare and using our technology to save insurance providers, hospitals, and patients money with preventative care technology.
ABOUT THE ENTRANT
Name: Herb Ryan
Type of entry: team
Herb Ryan, Trevor Kemp, Jens Höfflin, and David Cabot
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Patent status: pending