Remote Physiologic Monitoring Program

The Human Integrative Environmental Physiology Laboratory has an extensive history of studying and developing remote monitoring equipment, with research dating back to the early 2000s.

We have partnered with many groups to develop specialized equipment for our expeditions. We also work with groups that make mobile health devices, helping them improve the quality of their equipment and algorithms.

The Remote Physiologic Monitoring Program has several ongoing research projects.

Exhaled breath condensate metabolomics

This is a pilot study in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic Metabolomics Core. We are studying whether metabolites or other substances can be identified in exhaled breath condensate. These substances could be used to distinguish patients with heart failure who are stable, patients with heart failure who are decompensated, and people who are healthy.

The ultimate goal of this research is to determine if there are novel patterns or biomarkers that can be used as point-of-care tests for tracking disease status in patients with heart failure.

Remote monitoring of cardiac health

This study works with patients who are being monitored for cardiopulmonary conditions. The study seeks to use novel hardware to provide health care providers with insight on how patients are trending once diagnosed. After discharge, the study is identifying patients who are at high risk of an adverse event so that they can be treated before being admitted or readmitted to the hospital.

Cardiac resynchronization of pacemakers

Pacemakers are automatically set to specific atrioventricular contraction timings based on normalized data, not individualized data.

The objective of this project is to use exercise and gas exchange techniques combined with monitoring over time to develop more-individualized cardiac synchronization for pacemakers.