Heart attack is a deadly disease. Therefore, identifying heart attacks quickly saves lives, and we currently send anyone with symptoms to the hospital. But there is also a second side to this story. Up to 9 out of 10 patients who show up at the ER with chest pains, the most common symptom of heart attack, do not actually have heart attack, straining resources at already overcrowded emergency rooms and causing unnecessary emotional stress to the patient while they spend a night at the hospital since current chest pain diagnostics can take 12-16 hours to complete. So how do we balance the need for accurate detection of heart attack patients, while shortening the time spent in hospitals for patients without heart attack?
Mobiosense is here to change that. Introducing Hero, an instant and affordable blood test for heart attack detection at the point of care. With just one drop of blood from your finger, we are able to detect troponin, the gold standard biomarker for heart attack, while for the first time provide the high-sensitivity version of this test for field use.
Utilizing our patented semiconductor immunoassay technology, our test is up to 100X more sensitive than our portable competitors, require no active reagents to operate, and our test can be stored at room temperature, greatly democratizing this powerful test for use inside and outside of the hospital.
With HERO installed in ambulances and emergency rooms, paramedics will be able to assess the patient immediately for heart attack and begin treatment early, which will shorten the time to first troponin results from ~2 hours to 10 minutes, and provide additional information alongside ECG data. Emergency rooms can take advantage of new National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for high sensitivity troponin test, and safely rule out heart attacks in 3 hours from first troponin test results by paramedics, reducing incidences of emergency room overcrowding and allowing patients to get back to their regular lives quickly. Reducing the number of overnight stays will potentially save the US healthcare system 12 billion dollars a year.
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