Goal is to provide early treatment and improve outcomes for transported emergency patients
ROCHESTER, NY, August 16, 2022 Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or the “Company”), a leading provider of smart glasses and augmented reality (AR) technologies and products, today announced that its M400 smart glasses are currently being tested in Japan for an emergency medical care plan to provide early treatment with the goal of improving patient outcomes and rescue rates for critically ill patients transported to hospital. The collaborative effort on this trial involves Juntendo University, Shizuoka Hospital, Shunto Izu Fire Department, and AVR Japan Co., Ltd.
In this trial, emergency medical technicians (paramedics) use Vuzix M400 smart glasses to transmit medical information from the ambulance to the hospital, from the time of patient engagement until delivery to the hospital . Previously, the only means of communication between rescuers and doctors waiting in the hospital was via mobile phone calls, and information sharing was voice-only. By using smart glasses with two-way audio and video communications, it becomes possible to share medical information such as vital signs and ECG readings, as well as the patient’s facial expressions and other visual changes in status, by real time with the doctors and nurses who are waiting at the hospital where they are transported.
By sharing this real-time information with the hospital, it is expected that examinations, diagnoses and preliminary medical treatment decisions can be made by different departments in the hospital even before the patient arrives. In addition, hospital doctors can better instruct accurate emergency treatment in transit (blood transfusion, surgery, thrombolytic therapy, intravascular treatment, etc.) for urgent diseases such as cardiovascular diseases.
Currently, Vuzix smart glasses are used by some ambulances under the jurisdiction of the Shunto Izu Fire Department. In the future, there are plans to expand the trial to include more ambulances to continue research into the effectiveness of using smart glasses.
“Among their growing uses in healthcare, Vuzix smart glasses can be an important life support tool for paramedics who require critical interaction and support from the hospitals they are traveling to,” said Paul Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix. “Our goggles are lightweight, comfortable and completely wireless, making them ideal for use with other head-mounted equipment that paramedics need to wear. We look forward to seeing an expansion of this trial by its participants, as well that the adoption of a similar use by other providers in Japan and all over the world.”
About Vuzix Corporation
Vuzix is a leading provider of smart eyewear and augmented reality (AR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The Company’s products include personal displays and portable computing devices that provide users with a high-quality portable viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, portable displays and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 247 patents and patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the field of video eyewear. The company has won innovation awards at the Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) for the years 2005 to 2022 and several wireless technology innovation awards, among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, United Kingdomand Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit the Vuzix website, Twitter and Facebook pages.
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