Annual Report 2019
Bittium in 2019
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Medical Technologies

Devices and Applications for Biosignal Monitoring

In the Medical Technologies product and service area Bittium offers its customers healthcare technology products and solutions in biosignal measuring in the areas of cardiology, neurology, rehabilitation, occupational health and sports medicine. Combining healthcare technologies with Bittium´s long-term experience and competence in wireless and security technologies gives Bittium good basis to serve its customers in healthcare sector by offering them new kinds of products and services.

Bittium Faros™ is a versatile waterproof ECG device that is used for early detection of cardiac abnormalities in everyday life. Bittium Faros is ultra-small and lightweight, which enables precise full disclosure ECG measurements for long-term holtering, cardiac event monitoring, mobile cardiac telemetry and assessing autonomic nervous system functions. Bittium Faros outpatient monitoring solutions include several software options for cardiac monitoring. The built-in arrhythmia detection algorithms on the Bittium Faros device are used for event recording and cardiac event monitoring. Bittium´s solutions enable the earlier discharge of patients and the ability to react to detected arrhythmias faster.

Bittium Cardiac Navigator™ is a completely new type of solution for the analysis of clinical Holter ECG recordings. Its user-friendly and informative data presentation and intuitive analysis tools make the software efficient and easy to use when analyzing multiple days of ECG recordings. Bittium Cardiac Navigator is designed for scanning longer measurements efficiently in a shorter time and thus speeding up the final diagnosis.

Bittium Cardiac Explorer™ offers a quick and flexible way of working with event-based ECG arrhythmia analysis. The biggest benefits of the software are having full disclosure ECG always available, full access to the events identified by the device, total control on the reporting content and the ability to analyze an unlimited amount of measurement data.

Bittium HolterPlus™ is a web based remote cardiac monitoring solution, consisting of a Bittium Faros ECG device and Bittium HolterPlus mobile application integrated into a secure smart device. Bittium HolterPlus enables remote monitoring and earlier discharge of the patient, and allows the ECG measurement data of the remotely monitored patient to be wirelessly transferred securely from the monitoring device to the medical remote diagnostics service platform. From the platform the ECG recording can be downloaded to a cardiologist for diagnosis and the diagnosis will be uploaded for the treating physician for further patient care.  

Bittium BrainStatus™ is a wireless compact EEG amplifier, which is used together with a disposable easy and quick to wear Bittium BrainStatus electrode headband for example to diagnose epileptic seizures and brain stroke. Bittium BrainStatus enables quick measurement in field conditions as well as in hospitals, thus making the treatment process of the patient faster. Bittium BrainStatus can be used for wireless real-time remote EEG monitoring or data can be recorded to the device memory.

Bittium BrainStatus with Cerenion C-Trend is the world´s first practical method for measuring the brain function of intensive care patients. C-Trend technology aims to reveal the status of the brain as one simple and easy to interpret score. Bittium BrainStatus measures and monitors the EEG signal and C-Trend interprets the signal into a simple score by using advanced machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence.

Bittium NeurOne™ is one of the quickest and most accurate EEG measuring devices in the world designed for clinical and research use. Bittium NeurOne system enables fully synchronized group measuring of up to 30 persons simultaneously for example in different types of psychological studies. The solution is optimized for use with transcranial magnetic stimulators (TMS-EEG), with optional possibility to use it during magnetic resonance imaging procedures (fMRI-EEG).

Year 2019

Cooperation with the major US cardiac remote monitoring provider Preventice continued to be significant. Bittium and Preventice have together developed a solution that enhances doctor and patient experience in remote cardiac monitoring. The deliveries of ECG devices based on Bittium Faros ECG technology to Preventice for this complete solution, continued to be significant during the year.

Bittium launched Bittium HolterPlus™ remote cardiac monitoring solution. Bittium HolterPlus solution extends the physician´s reach outside of the hospital or medical institution by remotely monitoring the discharged patient from for example home or nursing home. Bittium HolterPlus allows the remotely monitored patient´s ECG measurement data to be stored and transferred securely from the monitoring device to the medical remote diagnosis service platform. From the platform the ECG recording can be downloaded to analysis software for a cardiologist to diagnose, after which the treating physician receives the diagnosis and possible instructions for further patient care.

In 2019 Bittium won several new customers in Australia, Asia and Europe.

Market Outlook

Over thirty years of experience and extensive competence in measuring of biosignals also act as a basis for Bittium´s medical technology solutions. The following factors are expected to create demand for Bittium´s products and services in 2020 and beyond:

  • The heart and brain failures are among the most frequent causes of serious complications and recognizing those symptoms early on, based on information gathered by measuring, enables the start of effective treatment in time. Also the prevention of diseases and health problems are being increasingly invested in.
  • In the healthcare technology market there is ongoing a significant change in the patient care both inside the hospitals as well as in homecare. The repatriation of patients is being pursued earlier than before which may enable significant cost savings in the healthcare. A prerequisite for early repatriation is the enabling of accurate and precise follow-up and measurement in home conditions through remote monitoring. For this purpose, Bittium offers its Bittium Faros product family for remote heart monitoring and Bittium BrainStatus for measuring the electrical activity of the brain. One of the growing application areas in the wireless and remote systems is healthcare technology that enables implementing these changes for its part.
  • Remote monitoring and remote diagnostics together with wireless and remote-controllable systems bring effectiveness to the healthcare performance and cut costs as the diagnoses from specialists are available regardless of time and place. Various diagnostic solutions have been introduced to facilitate and speed up the work of physicians. These are for example Bittium´s analytics software in the field of cardiology and neurology. This enables also new service providers to enter the chain of medical treatment services offering wider availability of medicine, without bargaining the quality of specialists i.e. cardiologists and neurologists.