ShockRanger’s septic shock detection system could saves lives

ShockRanger is coming to the Apple Watch and other smartwatches

ShockRanger is a septic shock detection system that could saves lives

Septic shock is a life-threatening medical condition usually resulting from a bacterial infection. It requires immediate medical attention, and is often accompanied by low blood pressure.

Obviously, the sooner it can be detected, the sooner a patient’s life can be saved. That’s where ShockRanger comes in. ShockRanger is an AI-based septic shock detection system developed by Korean health startup Spass.

ShockRanger is currently being tested in clinical trials as a software solution for hospitals, and relies primarily on AI-based computer vision to analyze medical images (like ultrasounds) to detect septic shock. The technology can also be embedded into medical monitoring devices at the patient’s bedside, relying on AI-based signal processing using heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and other vitals.


Spass — which ironically means “fun” in German – has also worked with Microsoft to implement a Hololens-based solution for remote monitoring of septic shock in patients, which is currently being used in a Korean university hospital. The company is also partnering with Canadian health startup SIgnal 1 to bring the technology to hospitals worldwide. But Spass is also interested in growing beyond hospitals.

It’s also developing a version of ShockRanger for the Apple Watch and Google’s Wear OS (with matching CarPlay and Android Auto support) to provide early septic shock detection for regular consumers – in the same way as the Apple Watch already detects potentially life-threatening heart problems.

Spass is currently seeking FDA approval for this AI-based technology and expects to reach consumers’ wrists in a couple of years.

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