Emyria receives digital health monitoring grant from UWA

Wednesday, 10 February, 2021

Emyria receives digital health monitoring grant from UWA

Emyria Limited has announced that its advanced remote monitoring digital health service, Openly, will provide digital and mental health monitoring as part of a recently awarded grant from Western Australia’s Future Health Research and Innovation Fund.

The successful grant is titled ‘An advanced digital monitoring and engagement platform for at-risk and confirmed COVID-19 individuals’, and is intended to boost Western Australia’s digital health infrastructure to manage health challenges like COVID-19. The total grant award totals $880,000, of which Emyria will receive between $320,000 and $400,000 over two years.

The grant strives to evaluate the utility of advanced digital health monitoring in vulnerable patient populations, to improve engagement amongst aged and ethnic populations and to improve mental health evaluation and monitoring for those under remote care.

Emyria will lead a multidisciplinary collaboration involving the state’s major health services and universities. The grant will also extend Emyria’s collaboration with Mt Sinai, New York. Backed by Emyria’s clinical team, Openly supports digital health and wellness screening using smart mobile devices.

Emyria’s Managing Director, Dr Michael Winlo, said Openly will support and monitor patients during its upcoming clinical trials, which will support the registration of its leading drug candidate EMD-003, targeting unmet needs in psychological distress and the symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress.

“Emyria has been developing digital health and remote monitoring technologies to improve the care of patients with unmet needs. We focus on the care of complex patients and those with mental health concerns,” Dr Winlo said.

Initially developed to assist with contactless remote COVID-19 screening and management, Openly was registered as a Class 1 medical device with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on 15 September 2020.

Openly helps collect real-world clinical information, such as heart rate and heart rate variability, from individuals remotely. This information is presented to a clinical team who can act on it, if vital signs change from baseline, potentially signalling early infection.

“It’s very pleasing to see our unique contactless remote monitoring platform — Openly — recognised through this competitive grant process. Emyria’s unique digital health technology and clinical team will be playing a major role in improving how we monitor the clinical and mental wellbeing of vulnerable populations in WA,” Dr Winlo said.

More information about the grant will be announced in future updates.

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