- How Voyce Health Monitors Can Keep Service Animals Healthy. [04-17-23]
- The Value of the Voyce Health Monitoring System to a Veterinary Practice. [04-24-23]
- Exploring Animal Markets in which One Health Group will have a major impact. [05-10-23]
- What is the Egg Laying Industry? [05-23-23]
- How Ultra-Wideband Technology Can Revolutionize Veterinary Medicine. [06-12-23]
- How One Health Group Can Revolutionize Laboratory Research Animal Welfare with better Clinical, Ethical and Regulatory Performance. [07-10-23]
- Personalized Animal Medicine the One Health Group Way. [07-26-23]
- Pioneering Equine Health: Ultra-Wideband based Technology for Optimal Care from One Health Group (OHG). [08-04-23]
- Companion Animal Telemedicine using One Health Group (OHG) Technology. [08-23-23]
- Using Voyce to enhance Virtual Clinical Trials using Animals. [09-06-23]
- Voyce Ultra-wideband (UWB) Technology: A Novel Approach for Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics in Veterinary Medicine. [09-20-23]
- Voyce AI to provide veterinary clinicians with superior diagnostics for health screening and monitoring support.[10-04-23]
- Using the Voyce Platform to Enhance Veterinary Anesthesia Care [10-17-23]
- Pig Farming Applications of Voyce [11-1-23]
- Why Digital Natives Appreciate Voyce [11-15-23]
- Innovative Behavioral Analytics for Enhanced Veterinary [11-29-23]
Innovative Behavioral Analytics for Enhanced Veterinary Care
Behavioral analytics is the study of how animals behave and interact with their environment, using data collected from various types of sensors. Behavioral analytics can provide valuable insights into the health, well-being, and personality of animals, as well as their social and emotional needs.
One Health Group (OHG) is a medical technology innovator that has developed Voyce, a health diagnostics platform for animals that measures a wide range of biomarkers, behavioral metrics, and contextual data. Voyce provides remote health monitoring and advanced analytics, allowing veterinarians to access real-time data and insights on their patients’ health and well-being. This is all underpinned by Voyce Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a versatile cloud infrastructure.
Behavioral Analytics on the Voyce Platform
Voyce uses innovative behavioral analytics to enhance veterinary care in several ways:
- Quantifying and tracking of stress: The stress levels of the animal over time can be quantified and tracked. This provides an important contextual metric and is in of itself an important health condition to manage. Stress is a major comorbidity in animals and the advanced behavioral analyses from Voyce can ensure treatment efficacy.
- Monitoring sleep quality: Voyce also uses its range of biomarkers to monitor the sleep quality of an animal. This is analyzed per the species and breed, along with a health baseline for the animal. Sleep quality is also an important metric for other health conditions, and poor sleep quality is a primary health condition itself. Good sleep quality is important for the healing process and overall well-bring.
- Quantifying and tracking pain: Since animals are unable to quantify pain as humans are asked to do, and since many animals tend to hide the pain they are experiencing, Voyce provides an important insight to pain. The pain that animals experience is quantified using behavioral analysis combined with a wide range of biomarkers collected over time. Voyce AI can quantify pain levels for multiple species and breeds of animals and monitor this over time to ensure treatments are efficacious.
- Early detection of illness: Voyce can help detect subtle changes in behavior that may indicate the onset of illness, such as reduced activity, increased resting, abnormal breathing patterns, or changes in gait. By monitoring these behavioral indicators, veterinarians can diagnose and treat conditions earlier before they become more serious.
- Monitoring of chronic conditions: Voyce can help monitor the progress and management of chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease. By tracking the effects of medication, diet, or exercise on behavior, veterinarians can adjust treatment plans accordingly and optimize outcomes.
- Tracking recovery from surgery or injury: Voyce can help track the recovery process of animals who have undergone surgery or injury, such as orthopedic procedures or wound healing. By measuring the improvement in mobility, activity, and comfort levels, veterinarians can evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and provide appropriate follow-up care.
- Optimizing wellness and performance: Voyce can help optimize the wellness and performance of pets who are healthy or active, such as cattle, working dogs or athletes. By analyzing the patterns and trends in behavior, veterinarians can provide personalized recommendations for nutrition, exercise, and enrichment to enhance physical and mental well-being.
OHG has developed multiple behavioral algorithms that have been validated from over a million hours of clinical studies. These algorithms use multiple sensors from the Voyce platform. Some of the metrics collected are:
- Activity level: This metric quantifies how active or inactive an animal is, based on the frequency, duration, and intensity of its movements. It can be calculated as the average speed, distance traveled, or number of steps taken by the animal over a given time. Activity level can reflect the energy expenditure, motivation, or mood of the animal.
- Behavioral diversity: This metric quantifies how diverse or stereotyped an animal’s behavior is, based on the variety, frequency, and sequence of its movements and postures. It can be calculated as the entropy, complexity, or richness of the movement and posture data over a given time. Behavioral diversity can reflect the cognitive abilities, learning, or exploration of the animal.
- Behavioral transitions: This metric quantifies how often or smoothly an animal changes its behavior, based on the number, duration, and rate of transitions between different movements and postures. It can be calculated as the frequency, duration, or acceleration of the movement and posture changes over a given time. Behavioral transitions can reflect the flexibility, adaptability, or responsiveness of the animal.
- Behavioral states: This metric quantifies how likely an animal is to be in a certain behavioral state. It can be calculated as the probability, duration, or frequency of occurrence of predefined movement and posture categories (such as sleeping, resting, feeding, grooming, etc.) over a given time. Behavioral states can reflect the needs, preferences, or goals of the animal.
The Power of Gait Analysis in Veterinary Care
OHG has developed an algorithm to measure and analyze the gait of various species and breed of animals. We will delve a little deeper into gait analysis since this is a signature capability of Voyce and is measured using a combination of the innovative sensors within the Voyce platform.
Gait is a term that describes the manner or style of walking or moving on foot. It can also refer to the sequence of foot movements by which animals such as a cow, horse or dog moves forward (e.g., a walk, trot, pace, or canter). Gait can be influenced by various factors, such as age, personality, mood, and general health.
The gait of an animal can be used to assess medical issues by observing and measuring how the animal moves and interacts with its environment. Gait analysis is the systematic study of animal locomotion, using various instruments and methods to collect and analyze data on body movements, body mechanics, and muscle activity.
The gait of an animal is extremely personalized and is highly sensitive to changing health. From a known baseline, changes in gait are so sensitive as to provide one of the earliest possible indicators of a change in health of the animal.
Gait analysis can provide valuable information for veterinary care for, among others, the following aspects of animal health:
- Musculoskeletal disorders: Gait analysis can help detect and diagnose conditions that affect the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments of the animal, such as arthritis, fractures, sprains, or dysplasia. Gait analysis can also help evaluate the effects of treatments, such as surgery, medication, or physiotherapy, on the recovery and function of the affected limbs.
- Neurological disorders: Gait analysis can help detect and diagnose conditions that affect the nervous system of the animal, such as spinal cord injury, intervertebral disc disease, or degenerative myelopathy. Gait analysis can also help monitor the progression and prognosis of these conditions, as well as the response to interventions, such as surgery, medication, or rehabilitation.
- Metabolic disorders: Gait analysis can help detect and diagnose conditions that affect the metabolism of the animal, such as diabetes, obesity, or thyroid dysfunction. Gait analysis can also help measure the energy expenditure and caloric intake of the animal, as well as the effects of dietary or lifestyle changes on the weight and fitness of the animal.
- Behavioral disorders: Gait analysis can help detect and diagnose conditions that affect the behavior and well-being of the animal, such as anxiety, depression, or aggression. Gait analysis can also help assess the personality and temperament of the animal, as well as its social and emotional needs. Examples include separation anxiety and seasonal affective disorder.
Monitoring the behavioral dynamics of an animal can help in veterinary care by providing objective and reliable data on the animal’s health, well-being, and personality. By using multiple sensors within the Voyce platform, veterinarians and animal owners/caretakers can be provided with analyses to help manage various aspects of the animal’s behavior. Voyce AI also plays a major role in analyzing the vast amounts of data collected, and provides recommendations.
These comprehensive range of behavioral metrics, including highly advanced gait analysis, enable Voyce to detect early signs of illness, monitor chronic conditions, track recovery from surgery or injury, and optimize wellness and performance. By using innovative behavioral analytics from Voyce, veterinarians can better understand animals’ needs and provide them with enhanced veterinary care.
November 15th, 2023 – Blog Entry by Mark Frazer and Albert Di Rienzo
Why Digital Natives Appreciate Voyce
Generation Z, also known as the Digital Natives, is the demographic cohort born between the mid-1990s and the early 2010s. Notwithstanding the very young Generation Alpha, they are the most diverse, educated, and connected generation in history, and they have a strong influence on consumer trends and preferences. Generation Z is also a generation of pet lovers, as they are more likely to own pets than any other generation, and they spend more on their pets than any other like-aged generation ever has before. According to a survey by TD Ameritrade, 77% of Gen Zers own a pet, and they spend an average of $269 per month on their pets. Of course, Voyce is attractive to many people who are not of Generation Z, but in this post, we explore why this generation appreciates Voyce so much.
The alignment of Voyce with what Digital Natives seek
As pet owners, Gen Zers have some unique characteristics and expectations that set them apart from many in other generations. They are more likely to:
- Seek personalized and customized products and services for their pets.
- Use technology and social media to monitor, track, and share their pets’ health and well-being.
- Value convenience, quality, and transparency when choosing pet products and services.
- Be environmentally conscious and socially responsible when purchasing pet products and services.
These characteristics and expectations make Gen Zers an ideal target market for Voyce, the premier wearable device for companion animals. It can measure vital signs and health indicators using ultra-wideband radar technology and other high-tech sensors. Voyce is a product from One Health Group, a medical technology innovator with a mission to bring breakthrough digital health diagnostics, monitoring, screening, and advanced analytics to market.
Voyce value propositions appealing to Gen Zers
Voyce has several value propositions that can appeal to Gen Z pet owners, such as:
- Personalization: Voyce provides personalized, context-based, and evidence-driven health information for each pet in the household, based on their breed, age, weight, activity level, and other factors. Voyce also allows pet owners to set goals and reminders, customize alerts and notifications, and get personalized tips and recommendations for their pets’ health and wellness via Voyce Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Pet will be under a monitoring regime set by the veterinarian. This is tailored to the monitoring needs of the Pet, providing the ultimate in personalized care.
- Technology: Voyce uses cutting-edge sensors and AI to measure and analyze the pet’s vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and respiratory rate. It also has advanced behavioral analytic capabilities based on things like activity level, calories burned, sleep quality, stress level, gait changes, and more. Voyce also provides apps that allow pet owners to ensure the monitoring regime is operating successfully. The veterinary practice also has apps that present the pet’s health status via the Voyce Cloud and has access to Voyce AI to help with diagnostics.
- Convenience: For remote monitoring, Voyce can be a collar or harness device that fits comfortably around the pet’s neck or body and connects wirelessly to the pet owner’s smartphone or tablet. The health of the pet is monitored via a monitoring regime set by the veterinarian. This focuses the monitoring to maximize efficacy and to optimize the use of the device’s resources. Health status, according to the monitoring regime, is sent to the Voyce Cloud, and on to the veterinary practice. Voyce does not require any calibration from the pet owner or the veterinarian since it is self-calibrating. Voyce also has a long battery life and a water and dust resistant design.
- Quality: Voyce is a reliable and accurate device that can measure the pet’s vital signs and deep cardiopulmonary health indicators remotely and non-invasively using ultra-wideband radar technology. Voyce does not cause any discomfort or harm to the pet or interfere with their normal behavior. Voyce also has a high-quality design and materials that ensure durability and safety. Voyce is position as a professional device that has undergone rigorous clinical validation.
- Transparency: Voyce provides clear and easy-to-understand health data for the pet owner and the veterinarian. Voyce also provides evidence-based insights and suggestions that are backed by scientific research, clinical trials, and Voyce AI. Voyce also respects the privacy and security of the pet owner’s data and does not share it with any third parties without their consent. The monitoring regimes prescribed are openly described and easy to understand.
The Digital Native market for pet health monitoring
The Pew Research Center places Gen Zers as the generation born between 1997 and 2012 – currently between the ages of 11-26 years old. They have unique shopping habits and a massive impact on the marketplace. They are also redefining the relationship between humans and their pets. According to a study by Segmanta, Gen Zers not only see their pets as an integral part of their family, but also more than ever rely more on their pets for emotional support. They are also extremely tech-savvy and appreciate high quality and leading-edge technology.
The market for health monitoring of pets using Voyce from OHG has great potential among Gen Zers. Gen Zers are more likely than other generations to provide their pets with excellent care. Gen Zers are willing to spend more on their pets and pamper them with products that enhance their well-being. Voyce appeals to this segment of pet owners as it offers a sophisticated, configurable, patented sensor platform for non-invasive and autonomous collection of clinically validated vital signs and other critical biomarkers of pets. Voyce does what no rival can do and is the type of high-tech and yet affordable system that Gen Zers will readily accept when offered by their veterinarian.
Although only about 12.9% of pet owners in the U.S. have pet insurance policies to cover vet expenses, Gen Zers, who represent 33% of pet owners in the U.S., and are more likely to get health insurance for their pets than older generations. They are more aware of the potential costs of vet emergencies, which can run into thousands of dollars. Since they are younger, many will not have the income to cover large vet bills for their beloved pet. Also, given the other characteristics of Gen Zers, they are not only equipped to accept expensive treatments via their insurance, but will delight in using the best in remote digital health that Voyce provides.
Pet insurance companies in the U.S. paid out $2.2 billion in claims in 2022, up from $1.8 billion in 2021. This represents a 22% increase in payouts, which reflects the growing number of insured pets and the rising costs of veterinary care. The average claim amount for dogs was $278 and for cats was $182 in 2022. The most common claims for dogs were skin conditions, ear infections, and arthritis, while the most common claims for cats were urinary tract infections, kidney disease, and diabetes. Voyce has clinically validated monitoring regimes to enable personalized care for all these health conditions.
The market for Voyce with the Digital Natives is very large and is growing. Gen Zers tend to be loyal to brands and Voyce is exactly the type of technology that excites this population. Their tech savvy nature will mean they understand the Voyce system and use its digital health capabilities to the full. Better clinical outcomes for an affordable price will reinforce loyalty to the brand. OHG will gain a massive market share in the emerging market for veterinary prescribed digital health monitoring.
Common Applications of Voyce.
Voyce will have a very high level of adoption for high value procedures. As time goes by, the Gen Zers will transition into higher earners. Also, per the above analysis, they are also the most likely demographic cohort to buy health insurance for their Pets. Common high value procedures performed on pets in the U.S. are supported by Voyce. According to Healthy Paws Pet Insurance the top high value procedure performed in 2022 are as follows:
- Skin conditions: These include allergies, infections, and tumors that affect the skin of dogs and cats. They can cause itching, inflammation, hair loss, and discomfort. The average claim amount for skin conditions was $1,029 for dogs and $1,018 for cats. Voyce has leading behavioral algorithms that have been validated with over a million hours of clinical studies. These indicators along with bio-markers fuel specific monitoring regimes to detect any signs of skin conditions at a very early stage. They also monitor pets that have a treatment to optimize their recovery arc.
- Ear infections: These are common problems that affect the ears of dogs and cats, especially those with floppy ears or allergies. They can cause pain, inflammation, discharge, and odor. The average claim amount for ear infections was $324 for dogs and $289 for cats. Voyce uses its behavioral algorithms and vital sign metrics to supports pets with ear infections.
- Arthritis: This is a degenerative joint disease that affects the mobility and quality of life of dogs and cats, especially older ones. It can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, and lameness. The average claim amount for arthritis was $1,021 for dogs and $1,016 for cats. Voyce has a monitoring regime that provides early detection of pain, which can save the pet from prolonged pain. Dogs tend to hide their pain for as long as possible. The other monitoring regime that Voyce has extensively validated is a to ensure Pain Management treatment is effective and remains so via its advanced bio marker, behavioral and contextual monitoring.
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs): These are bacterial infections that affect the urinary system of dogs and cats, especially females. They can cause pain, blood in urine, frequent urination, and incontinence. The average claim amount for UTIs was $657 for dogs and $545 for cats. Voyce provides a monitoring regime for a UTI.
- Cruciate ligament injury: This is a common condition that affects the knee joint of dogs and cats, causing pain, lameness, and arthritis. The treatment options include surgery, such as tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) or tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA), or conservative management, such as weight loss, anti-inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy. The average cost of surgery ranges from $2,000 to $5,000 per knee, while the average cost of conservative management is about $500 per year. According to Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, these injuries were the fifth most common condition in dogs in 2022, accounting for 6.7% of the top ten claims. Voyce provides highly personalized care for Pets pre- and post-surgery, and for longer term conservative treatment programs.
- Cancer surgeries: Cancer is a leading cause of death in dogs and cats, affecting about 12 million pets annually. The treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, or palliative care, depending on the type and stage of cancer. The average cost of cancer surgery ranges from $1,000 to $6,000 depending on the location and size of the tumor, while the average cost of chemotherapy is about $200 per session. According to Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, growths and tumors were the sixth most common condition in dogs in 2022, accounting for 6.4% of the top ten claims. Voyce has specific cancer monitoring regimes to ensure an optimized chance of survival.
- Dental procedures: Dental problems are very common in dogs and cats, affecting about 80% of pets over the age of three. The treatment options include dental cleaning, tooth extraction, root canal, or crown placement, depending on the severity of the dental disease. The average cost of dental cleaning ranges from $300 to $800 depending on the location and anesthesia fees, while the average cost of tooth extraction is about $150 to $300 per tooth. According to Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, dental issues were the second most common condition in cats in 2022, accounting for 9.8% of the top ten claims. A Voyce monitoring regime enables excellent dental problem prevention capabilities, as well as recovery support for the Pet when procedures are required.
Voyce has all the attributes that are attractive to the Digital Natives. This cohort are also the most likely in the U.S. to get health insurance for their pets, and thus be able to let their pets have the high value procedures identified. With higher value procedures it becomes a no brainer for the pet owner to add on a Voyce monitoring solution offered by their veterinarian – the cost is a tiny fraction of the cost the procedure. Yet, Gen Zers will know through their diligent internet research, that clinical outcomes for their pet are significantly improved when Voyce is used.
The total value of all claims in 2022 according to Healthy Paws Pet Insurance in the U.S. was $442 million. This was based on more than a million claims made by Healthy Paws pet parents for accident or illness veterinary care. The most common claims for dogs were skin conditions, ear infections, and arthritis, and for cats, urinary tract infections, kidney disease, and diabetes.
Voyce brings to the market monitoring regimes that provide remote and clinical personalized health monitoring for pets with all the top health conditions. With Pet Insurance in the U.S. alone processing over $2 billion in claims, the market is very attractive given the relatively low cost of Voyce. Digital Natives in Europe have the same behavior profile as those in the U.S. They also tend to buy even more pet health insurance products, but with the U.S. catching up.
The size of the pet insurance industry in the EU and UK is estimated to be around $5.2 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 9.36% from 2023 to 2028. The size of the pet insurance industry in the U.S. and Canada (USC) is estimated to be around USD 3.4 billion in 2022 but growing at a CAGR of an incredible 16.3% from 2021 to 2028. Voyce benefits enormously when pet parents carry health insurance for their pet. With a high growth rate of adoption in the EU, UK and USC, OHG expects rapid growth in the demand for Voyce, and Gen Zers will place a giant role.
November 2nd, 2023 – Blog Entry by Mark Frazer and Albert Di Rienzo
Pig Farming Applications of Voyce
Pig farming is a challenging and complex business that requires constant monitoring and management of animal health and welfare, as well as environmental and economic factors. Traditional methods of pig farming rely on manual observation and intervention, which can be time-consuming, labor-intensive, and prone to human error. Moreover, traditional methods may not be able to detect subtle changes in pig behavior and physiology that can indicate potential problems or opportunities for improvement.
Overview of the Voyce Medical Diagnostics Platform
The Voyce health diagnostics platform can be a wearable device or an off-body device that integrates into the environment. It can measure vital signs and other health metrics of pigs non-invasively and autonomously, such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate variability (HRV), activity level, calories burned, resting patterns, body temperature, and body posture, among others.
Voyce uses an extensively patented sensor platform that integrates ultra-wideband (UWB) radar technology, other innovative health sensors, and artificial intelligence to provide personalized, context-based, and preventative health information. Voyce has intelligent analytics and an AI-driven clinical support system that can result in earlier and less invasive intervention, and improved clinical outcomes. Voyce data can be delivered via various form factors, integrated with electronic health records (EHRs), telehealth platforms, and video conferencing solutions. The Voyce Cloud service enables complex algorithms and powerful AI to be implemented.
The Pig Farming Market
The market size of pig farming in the USA and globally can be estimated by looking at the production, consumption, and trade of pigs and pork products. According to the data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service, here are some statistics on the market size of pig farming in 2020:
- Global pig production was about 120.5 million metric tons, with China being the largest producer with 55.4 million metric tons, followed by the European Union with 22.8 million metric tons, and the USA with 12.2 million metric tons.
- Global pig consumption was about 118.6 million metric tons, with China being the largest consumer with 57.5 million metric tons, followed by the European Union with 20.4 million metric tons, and the USA with 10.3 million metric tons.
- Global pig exports were about 11.1 million metric tons, with the European Union being the largest exporter with 4.1 million metric tons, followed by the USA with 3.3 million metric tons, and Canada with 1.4 million metric tons.
- Global pig imports were about 9.2 million metric tons, with China being the largest importer with 4.4 million metric tons, followed by Japan with 1.3 million metric tons, and Mexico with 1.1 million metric tons.
The market size of pig farming in the USA can be further estimated by looking at the domestic data from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service; here are some statistics on the market size of pig farming in 2020:
- The number of domestic hogs and pigs in the USA was about 77.5 million head, with Iowa being the largest state with 24.8 million head, followed by North Carolina with 9.3 million head, and Minnesota with 8.8 million head.
- The total (imported and domestic) number of hogs and pigs slaughtered in the USA was about 131.1 million head, with an average live weight of 285 pounds and an average carcass weight of 215 pounds.
- The total pork production in the USA was about 28 billion pounds, with a value of $23.4 billion.
- The per capita consumption of pork in the USA was about 51 pounds.
The Benefits of Voyce technology for Pig Farmers
Voyce technology can offer many benefits for pig farmers, such as:
- Enhanced animal welfare: Voyce can help pig farmers monitor the well-being of their pigs in real-time and detect any signs of stress, pain, discomfort, or disease. Voyce can also alert pig farmers to any abnormal or unusual behaviors, such as aggression, tail biting, or isolation, that may indicate poor welfare or social issues. By using Voyce, pig farmers can provide timely and appropriate care for their pigs and improve their quality of life.
- Improved productivity and efficiency: Voyce can help pig farmers optimize the performance of their pigs by providing insights into their growth, reproduction, nutrition, and health status. Voyce can also help pig farmers reduce the use of antibiotics, hormones, and other drugs by enabling preventive and precision medicine. By using Voyce, pig farmers can increase the yield and quality of their pork products and reduce the costs of feed, labor, and veterinary services.
- Increased profitability and effectiveness: Voyce can also help pig farmers meet the increasing consumer demand for animal welfare, food safety, and environmental sustainability. By using Voyce, pig farmers can differentiate themselves from their competitors and access new markets and opportunities.
One Health Group (OHG) is pleased to be able to bring the Voyce platform to the pig farming market. Clinical studies have already been conducted used pigs, and although more studies are needed due to the introduction of new Voyce capabilities, there is very high confidence level that both wearable and off-body form factors will achieve the benefits described. OHG aims to bring this technology to global markets where hundreds of millions of pigs can be addressed.
Voyce is a revolutionary product that aims to transform the healthcare for pigs using new breakthrough technologies. One of the major costs in the pig farming industry is veterinary costs, and Voyce improves the preventative care of pigs dramatically. However, feeding effectiveness can also be monitored, improved, and optimized through Voyce AI. Finally, labor costs can also be optimized by automating much more of the day-to-day animal health diagnostics and intervention that are routinely performed. Care becomes more personalized.
Voyce specializes in the early detection of health issues, and allows for earlier intervention to keep pigs healthy, and to reduce the problem of infections spreading. By adopting Voyce technology, pig farmers can improve the welfare of their pigs, the efficiency of their operations, and the profitability of their businesses.
Using the Voyce Platform to Enhance Veterinary Anesthesia Care
It can be stressful to see your animals undergo a medical procedure that requires anesthesia. You may worry about the risks of anesthesia, the pain that may be experienced, the recovery process, and the risk of loss. At One Health Group, we understand your concerns and we are committed to facilitating the best care possible. That is why we are proud to introduce Voyce, a revolutionary diagnostics platform that can be used to monitor the animal’s vital signs and relevant health status before, during, and after anesthesia. We enhance veterinary anesthesiology through technological innovation.
What is Voyce?
Voyce is a diagnostics platform that can take many form factors. It uses advanced sensors and artificial intelligence to measure and analyze you’re an animal’s heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature, contextual data, and other bio markers as the Voyce product roadmap unfolds. Voyce can also detect signs of stress, pain, and discomfort. Voyce can connect wirelessly or wired (depending on the form factor) to other devices that are used in an operating room. In its wearable form factor (collar or harness), mobile data can be shared with the veterinarian or anesthesiologist both before the animal has the procedure and post the procedure. This can help them make informed decisions about anesthesia care and post operative care, including any effects from the anesthesia. This is discussed in more detail later.
What is involved with anesthesia?
Anesthesia is a complex and delicate process that requires careful monitoring and adjustment of the anesthetic drugs and oxygen levels. Anesthesia can affect the animal’s cardiovascular, respiratory, and nervous systems, as well as their body temperature and metabolism. Any changes in these parameters can indicate potential complications or adverse reactions to anesthesia. Therefore, it is essential to have accurate and continuous information about the patient’s vital signs and health status during anesthesia.
The critical parameters monitored by an anesthesiologist
The anesthesiologist first decides on the exact combination of anesthesia drugs to use for the patient. This is based on multiple current and historical health parameters.
One of the most important roles of an anesthesiologist is to monitor the patient’s vital signs and health status during anesthesia. Anesthesia can affect various aspects of the patient’s physiology, such as oxygenation, ventilation, circulation, and temperature. Therefore, the anesthesiologist needs to use various methods and devices to measure and evaluate these parameters and intervene if necessary to prevent or treat any complications.
Some of the critical parameters that an anesthesiologist must monitor are:
- Oxygenation: This refers to the amount of oxygen in the inspired gas and the blood. Oxygen is essential for the survival of the cells and tissues, and hypoxia (low oxygen level) can cause irreversible damage to the brain and other organs. The anesthesiologist monitors the oxygenation by using an oxygen analyzer to measure the concentration of oxygen in the patient breathing system, and a pulse oximeter to measure the oxygen saturation of the hemoglobin in the blood. The pulse oximeter also provides a variable pitch pulse tone and a low threshold alarm that alert the anesthesiologist to any changes in the oxygenation status.
- Ventilation: This refers to the movement of air in and out of the lungs. Ventilation is necessary for gas exchange, which involves removing carbon dioxide and delivering oxygen to the blood. Anesthesia can affect the respiratory drive, muscle tone, and airway patency, leading to hypoventilation (low ventilation) or apnea (no ventilation). The anesthesiologist monitors the ventilation by observing the respiratory rate, depth, and character, as well as the chest wall movement and the end-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2) level. The EtCO2 level reflects the amount of carbon dioxide in the exhaled gas, which is proportional to the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood. The anesthesiologist can also use a capnograph to display the waveform of EtCO2 over time, which can provide additional information about the ventilation quality and efficiency.
- Circulation: This refers to the flow of blood through the heart and blood vessels. Circulation is important for delivering oxygen and nutrients to the cells and tissues and removing waste products and carbon dioxide. Anesthesia can affect the cardiac output, blood pressure, heart rate, and rhythm, which can compromise the circulation and perfusion. The anesthesiologist monitors the circulation by measuring the heart rate and rhythm using an electrocardiogram (ECG), which displays the electrical activity of the heart. The anesthesiologist also measures the blood pressure using a cuff or a catheter inserted into an artery. The blood pressure reflects the force exerted by the blood on the walls of the blood vessels, which depends on the cardiac output and vascular resistance. The anesthesiologist can also assess the circulation by palpating or auscultating the pulse rate and strength and observing the mucous membrane color and capillary refill time. The pulse rate and strength indicate how well the heart is pumping blood, while the mucous membrane color and capillary refill time indicate how well the blood is reaching the peripheral tissues.
- Temperature: This refers to the degree of heat of the body. Temperature is regulated by a balance between heat production and heat loss. Anesthesia can affect this balance by altering the metabolic rate, vasomotor tone, sweating, shivering, and behavioral responses. Hypothermia (low body temperature) or hyperthermia (high body temperature) can have adverse effects on various organ systems, such as increasing bleeding, infection, cardiac arrhythmias, or brain injury. The anesthesiologist monitors the temperature by using a thermometer inserted into a body cavity (such as mouth, ear, esophagus, bladder, or rectum) or attached to a body surface (such as skin or forehead). The anesthesiologist can also use warming or cooling devices to maintain or adjust the temperature as needed.
These are some of the critical parameters that an anesthesiologist monitors during anesthesia. However, depending on the type and duration of anesthesia, as well as the patient’s condition and comorbidities, additional parameters may be monitored as well. These may include neuromuscular blockade, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), awareness during anesthesia, neuromonitoring during anesthesia and surgery, pulmonary artery catheterization (PAC), and others. Monitoring is an essential component of anesthesia care that helps ensure patient safety and comfort.
The role of Voyce in anesthesia
The Voyce product roadmap includes anesthesia specific applications. It will provide the necessary diagnostic information in real-time, allowing your veterinarian or anesthesiologist to adjust the anesthetic dose and oxygen flow accordingly. Voyce will also alert them to any signs of distress or discomfort, such as increased heart rate, abnormal blood pressure, decreased respiratory rate, or abnormal temperature. The Voyce platform is not intended to monitor everything needed by the anesthesiologist, but it will either replace existing inferior devices, or add new capabilities that enhance what is possible today.
The planned suite of Voyce anesthesiology applications specifically addresses the primary concerns of the anesthesiologist – as previously outlined – as follows:
- Oxygenation: The Voyce platform includes an SpO2 monitoring capability. The Voyce product roadmap also includes the integration of Voyce devices with critical care monitors. This means that while other medical monitoring devices will certainly be used and feed the critical care monitor, the Voyce devices can be used to displace a multitude of other expensive devices currently used. Some of the following sections highlight how Voyce innovation enhances veterinary anesthesiology.
- Ventilation: The Voyce platform already measures respiratory rate. The Voyce product roadmap will see the platform also use its Medical UWB capabilities to measure respiratory depth, and character, as well as the chest wall movement. Also once again, the Voyce platform will integrate with critical care monitors that where other devices provide information such as the end-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2) level. However, some on the analyses Voyce will be able to perform directly on the patients’ lungs will provide insights that are and do not require skin contact.
- Circulation: The Voyce platform can provide new information for the anesthesiologist by directly measuring the flow of blood through the heart and blood vessels. The Voyce platform either already or is planned to directly measure cardiac output, blood pressure, heart rate, and rhythm. New Blood Pressure algorithms will directly challenge the gold standard of blood pressure measurement through an arterial line – reducing the risk of infection. A suite of measurements is planned that will provide a superior means of assessing how well the heart is pumping blood than the methods currently use. The anesthesiologist will certainly continue to do physical assessment such as conducting palpations and observing things like the color of the mucus membrane. But Voyce will add new insights into the health of the patient while under anesthesia.
- Temperature: The Voyce platform is already planned to include measurement of Core Body Temperature through innovative new technology. This technology will provide a superior way for the anesthesiologist to monitor temperature than the current standard of using a thermometer inserted into a body cavity. It is critical to keep the body temperature regulated, and Voyce enhances the current standard dramatically.
By using Voyce, your veterinarian or anesthesiologist will, in the future, be able to ensure that the patient receives the optimal level of anesthesia for their procedure, minimizing the risks of anesthesia-related complications. While this is commonplace today, Voyce transforms the processes in many advantageous ways.
Voyce will help with pre-anesthesia assessment and post-anesthesia recovery. By using Voyce before the procedure, you can create a baseline of vital signs and health status without the complication of White Coat Syndrome. This can help your veterinarian or anesthesiologist determine the best anesthetic protocol for your pet based on their age, weight, breed, medical history, physical condition, and so on.
By using Voyce after the procedure, you can monitor recovery progress and detect any early signs of pain, infection, or inflammation. This can help provide the appropriate care at an early stage and prevent any post-anesthesia complications.
Voyce AI to provide veterinary clinicians with superior diagnostics for health screening and monitoring support
What is Medical AI?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that aims to create machines and systems that can perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as learning, reasoning, and decision making. AI has been applied to various fields and industries, including medicine, where it has shown great potential to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and infection control.
One of the areas AI has been making significant advances is veterinary medicine, where it can help address some of the challenges and opportunities faced by veterinary clinicians and other animal stakeholders. One of the innovative products that uses AI to enhance veterinary care is Voyce, developed by One Health Group (OHG).
What makes Voyce Unique as a Predictive Diagnostics and Screening System?
Voyce is an animal health diagnostics and screening technology platform. It uses Ultra-wideband (UWB) radar technology, other innovative sensors, and AI to provide remote, clinical, laboratory, or commercial farming medical diagnostics for animal health and wellbeing. Voyce can measure many different biomarkers, including:
- Vital Signs such as heart rate, heat rate variability, respiratory rate, temperature, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation.
- Comprehensive Contextual Profiling such as behavioral indicators, activity types and levels, sleep quality, and stress level.
- Deep Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics such as cardiac output, heart wall thickness, and lung fluid analysis.
Voyce also has the unique advantage of being able to take multiple form factors to solve many pain points faced in the care of many different species and breeds of animal.
How does Voyce Utilize its Integrated AI Capabilities to Enhance its Efficacy?
Voyce can rapidly detect abnormalities and anomalies in the health data and alert the veterinarian and other relevant stakeholders earlier than any other health monitoring system. This is a critical capability in commercial applications such as Livestock Farming applications.
Voyce can simultaneously capture all the primary vital signs, and deep cardiopulmonary biomarkers. Voyce is planned to become the preeminent solution for comprehensive screening, diagnostics and health monitoring.
But it is how the Voyce Cloud utilizes over a million hours of contextualized and comprehensive animal health data through AI that makes it the true leader in animal health.
To make this possible, the Voyce integrated technology and product roadmap shows the emergence of Voyce AI in several ways to provide superior support for veterinary clinicians:
- Machine learning, a type of AI that enables computers to learn from data and improve their performance without explicit programming. Voyce uses machine learning to analyze the health data collected from the device and compare it with personal historical data, species and breed-specific data, and peer data to identify patterns and trends that indicate the health status of the animal.
- Deep learning, a subset of machine learning that uses multiple layers of artificial neural networks to learn from complex and high-dimensional data. Voyce uses deep learning to process the raw signals from the UWB radar sensor and extract meaningful features that represent the physiological, anatomical, and behavioral parameters of the animal.
- Natural language processing (NLP), a branch of AI that deals with the interaction between computers and human language. Voyce uses NLP to generate reports and recommendations based on the health data and communicates them to the veterinarian and other relevant stakeholders in a clear and understandable way.
- Large language model technology, which is a type of artificial intelligence that can process natural language inputs and outputs. Large language models are based on deep neural networks that can learn from huge amounts of text data, mostly collected from the internet. Large language models can perform various tasks, such as recognizing, summarizing, translating, predicting, and generating text or other forms of content. Voyce AI can license such technology and train it specifically on its own cloud data as well as a wide body of peer reviewed clinical veterinary knowledge.
By using AI, Voyce plans to provide several benefits for veterinary clinicians:
- Voyce can help veterinarians diagnose diseases and infections earlier and more accurately, by providing continuous and non-invasive monitoring of the animal’s health, and alerting the appropriate stakeholders of any changes or risks.
- Voyce can help veterinarians optimize treatment plans and outcomes by providing personalized and evidence-based suggestions based on the animal’s health data and medical history.
- Voyce can help veterinarians enhance client satisfaction and retention by providing timely and convenient feedback and education to the pet owner and facilitating communication and collaboration between them.
- Voyce can provide radically new solutions to improve earnings in commercial animal farming.
In conclusion, Voyce is a revolutionary product that uses various facets of AI to provide superior health diagnostics support for veterinary clinicians and all other relevant stakeholders. Voyce will improve the quality and efficiency of veterinary care across virtually any species of animal. OHG has already collected over a million of hours of data in canine clinical studies. Much of this data comes from leading veterinary research universities, who have used Voyce on a wide range of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, goats, and rats.
However, the vision is for Voyce devices to become ubiquitous in veterinary care in many different care settings and for the care of many different species of animals. This will feed the Voyce Cloud with billions of contextualized animal health data, accompanying treatment monitoring regimes, and evidence based clinical outcomes. Voyce AI will utilize this gold mine of data to take veterinary medicine efficacy to greater heights through continuous improvement.
One Health is the paradigm that OHG was formed to utilize and advance. It is through the mechanism previously outlined that Voyce AI will become a trusted partner for all veterinary clinicians, commercial farming caretakers, researchers, handlers, and pet parents. This will eventually become an invaluable resource to advance human medicine through comparative medicine analysis. Voyce AI will be central to realizing the vision of OHG.
Voyce Ultra-wideband (UWB) Technology: A Novel Approach for Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics in Veterinary Medicine
Cardiopulmonary diagnostics are essential for the detection and management of various cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in veterinary patients. These diseases include heart failure, arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hypertension, and lung cancer. However, many of the current diagnostic methods have limitations such as invasiveness, cost, complexity, time consumption, complex usage models requiring highly trained clinicals, risk, and discomfort for the animals and their owners.
Therefore, there is a need for a new technology that can overcome these challenges and provide more accurate, reliable, affordable, convenient, and safe cardiopulmonary diagnostics for different animal species. One Health Group (OHG), a medical technology innovator with a mission to bring breakthrough health diagnostics, monitoring, screening, and advanced analytics to market, has developed a novel solution that uses UWB impulse radar technology to measure vital signs and health conditions of humans and animals without any physical contact.
Voyce UWB Diagnostics Technology Platform
UWB impulse radar is a wireless technology that operates at very high frequencies and can capture highly accurate spatial and directional data. It can be used for remote sensing and imaging of human and animal bodies, as well as other applications.
OHG’s flagship product, Voyce, is the premier wearable for the animal health industry. Voyce uses UWB impulse radar technology to measure vital signs, such as heart rate and respiratory rate, of companion animals without any physical contact. Voyce collects a wide range of contextual information through additional embedded sensors and utilizes the Internet-of-things infrastructure. It comes in multiple form factors such as wearables, handheld devices, and near-field fixture devices.
Voyce as a Novel Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics Solution
Voyce technology has many potential benefits for cardiopulmonary diagnostics in veterinary medicine, such as:
- It is non-invasive and contactless, eliminating the need for wires, electrodes, needles, or tubes. This improves efficacy enormously by eliminating “White Coat Syndrome”.
- It is low-cost and simple, requiring only a small device that can be worn, affixed, or held near the body.
- It is fast and convenient, providing real-time measurements and feedback in seconds.
- It is safe and comfortable, using non-ionizing electromagnetic waves that are harmless to living tissues.
- It is available in Multiple Form Factors such as Handhelds, Clinical Harnesses, Mobile Wearables as a collar or harness, embedded in other devices such as a pet bed, commercial cattle and dairy farming infrastructures, and so on.
For different species and breeds, future incarnations of Voyce devices are planned to be able to measure many cardiopulmonary parameters and indicators, such as:
- Heart rate: The number of times the heart beats per minute.
- Heart rate variability: The variation in the time interval between consecutive heartbeats.
- Respiratory rate: The number of breaths per minute.
- Respiratory sinus arrhythmia: The variation in heart rate due to breathing.
- Cardiac output: The amount of blood pumped by the heart per minute.
- Stroke volume: The amount of blood pumped by the heart per beat.
- Ejection fraction: The percentage of blood ejected from the heart during each contraction.
- Blood pressure: The force exerted by the blood on the walls of the arteries.
- Pulse wave velocity: The speed at which the blood pressure wave travels along the arteries.
- Arterial stiffness: The degree of elasticity of the arterial walls.
- Lung volume: The amount of air in the lungs at different phases of breathing.
- Lung capacity: The maximum amount of air that can be inhaled or exhaled from the lungs.
- Lung compliance: The ease with which the lungs can expand or contract.
- Lung resistance: The opposition to airflow in the lungs.
Through our continued R&D and clinical studies, the Voyce technology and product roadmap shows the ability to detect various cardiopulmonary abnormalities and diseases for multiple animal species and breeds (E.g., dogs, cats, horses, cows, pigs, etc.), such as:
- Arrhythmia: An irregular or abnormal heartbeat rhythm or rate.
- Atrial fibrillation: A type of arrhythmia where the upper chambers of the heartbeat irregularly and rapidly.
- Ventricular fibrillation: A type of arrhythmia where the lower chambers of the heartbeat irregularly and rapidly.
- Bradycardia: A slow heartbeat rate (less than 60 beats per minute).
- Tachycardia: A fast heartbeat rate (more than 100 beats per minute).
- Heart block: A partial or complete interruption of the electrical signals that control the heartbeat rhythm.
- Heart failure: A condition where the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs.
- Coronary artery disease: A condition where the arteries that supply blood to the heart become narrowed or blocked by plaque buildup.
- Myocardial infarction: A condition where a part of the heart muscle dies due to lack of blood supply (also known as a heart attack).
- Cardiomyopathy: A condition where the heart muscle becomes enlarged, thickened, or stiffened.
- Valvular heart disease: A condition where one or more of the heart valves do not function properly.
- Congenital heart disease: A condition where the heart or blood vessels are abnormally formed at birth.
- Asthma: A condition where the airways become inflamed, narrow, and produce excess mucus, causing difficulty breathing.
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A condition where the airways become inflamed and damaged, causing airflow obstruction and difficulty breathing.
- Pulmonary embolism: A condition where a blood clot travels to the lungs and blocks a blood vessel, causing chest pain and difficulty breathing.
- Lung Abscess. A condition where a pus-filled cavity forms in the lung tissue.
- Pneumonia: A condition where the lungs become infected and inflamed, causing fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
- Lung cancer: A condition where abnormal cells grow and multiply in the lungs, causing various symptoms and complications.
Cardiopulmonary diagnostics are essential for the detection and management of various cardiovascular and respiratory diseases in veterinary patients. However, many of the current diagnostic methods have limitations such as invasiveness, cost, complexity, time consumption, risk, and discomfort for the animals and their owners. Therefore, there is a need for a new technology that can overcome these challenges and provide more accurate, reliable, affordable, convenient, and safe cardiopulmonary diagnostics for different animal species.
OHG has developed a novel solution that uses UWB impulse radar technology to measure vital signs and health conditions of animals without any physical contact. OHG’s flagship product, Voyce, is the premier diagnostics platform for the animal health industry. Voyce uses UWB impulse radar technology to measure vital signs, such as heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate of many species of animals without any physical contact. Voyce also provides other context-rich features, such as activity tracking and behavioral analysis. It also provides remote wellness reports and is an excellent option to support telemedicine applications.
UWB technology has many potential benefits for cardiopulmonary diagnostics in veterinary medicine, such as being non-invasive and contactless, low-cost, and simple, convenient, safe and comfortable. UWB technology can measure various cardiopulmonary parameters and indicators for different animal species, such as heart rate variability, cardiac output, stroke volume, ejection fraction, pulse wave velocity, arterial stiffness, lung volume, lung capacity, lung compliance, lung resistance. UWB technology can also detect various cardiopulmonary abnormalities and diseases for different animal species.
Voyce UWB technology provides innovative solutions that can improve the health and well-being of animals by providing non-invasive and contactless cardiopulmonary diagnostics. It has a cost-benefit profile that makes it suitable for general veterinary practice. It offers the kind of deep cardiopulmonary diagnostics to make convincing arguments to animal owners and handlers for additional diagnostics to be performed. These could include things such as Lab Work, and other more expensive imaging such as X-Ray, CT, MRI, and Echocardiogram.
Using Voyce to enhance Virtual Clinical Trials using Animals
One Health Group (OHG) is a medical technology innovator that aims to bring breakthrough health diagnostics, monitoring, screening, and advanced analytics to the market. OHG has an extensively patented mobile health assessment platform that uses intelligent sensors and artificial intelligence to provide personalized, context-based health information for companion animals. OHG also integrates human, animal, and environmental data, which are intrinsically linked, to apply the One Health approach.
One of the applications of OHG’s technology is to enhance virtual Clinical Trials using animals. Clinical Trials are essential for testing the safety and efficacy of new drugs and therapies before they are approved for animal and human use. However, Clinical Trials using animals also face many challenges, such as ethical issues, high costs, long durations, low reproducibility, and limited scalability.
To address these challenges, OHG has developed Voyce, a wearable device that uses ultra-wideband (UWB) radar technology, multiple other innovative sensors, and machine learning to provide remote medical diagnostics for animal health. Voyce can measure vital signs, deep cardiovascular metrics, behavioral metrics, and other health metrics of animals non-invasively and continuously, without the need for anesthesia or sedation. Voyce can also transmit the data wirelessly to the cloud or a private network for data storage, analysis, and visualization.
The Voyce platform has multiple form factors for use on a very wide range of animals, including those used in multiple settings such as: companion, laboratory, commercial, wildlife, service and professional. This enables Voyce to become the leading technology for enhancing virtual Clinical Trials using many kinds of animals.
Voyce comes in four primary form factors: Wearables, Handhelds, Off-Body Fixed in the Environment, and integrated into other products (E.g., a pet bed). In addition, the underlying architecture of the Voyce platform means that it can be integrated seamlessly with Internet-of-things (IoT) devices of many kinds (e.g., those providing information on things such as humidity, air quality, outdoor, room or vehicle temperature, etc.).
Environments can be rapidly and easily deployed for virtual Clinical Trials that may include the use of all or some of these aforementioned form factors, and collection of relevant data from IoT or third-party devices. Such environments may be in a variety of settings like (among many others):
- Companion animal homes.
- Horse stables.
- Dairy farming facilities.
- Farrowing barns.
- Animal training facilities.
- Animal rescue facilities.
- Boarding facilities.
By using Voyce in virtual Clinical Trials, OHG can offer several benefits for researchers, veterinarians, sponsors, and regulators, such as:
- Reducing the number of animals used in research, which aligns with the 3Rs principles of replacement, reduction, and refinement.
- Increasing the quality and quantity of data collected from animals, which can improve the statistical power and accuracy of the results.
- Enhancing the welfare and comfort of animals, which can reduce stress and improve compliance.
- Saving time and money by eliminating the need for frequent visits, manual measurements, and invasive procedures.
- Expanding the scope and scale of research by enabling remote monitoring of animals in different locations and environments.
Voyce has been validated through extensive clinical studies with preeminent academic organizations and research institutes. In addition, all Voyce devices are designed to meet the requirements for a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) process and meet Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) requirements – as defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These are critical factors that enables Voyce to lead in this field.
OHG has also received several awards and recognitions for its innovation and impact in the animal health industry. In fact, it was recognized as such only last month when it was announced that OHG won “Overall Healthcare Product Of The Year” in 2023 Pet Innovation Awards.
By using Voyce in virtual Clinical Trials using animals, OHG can advance its mission of improving the health and well-being of animals and humans through the One Health approach. Voyce is a game-changer for animal health research and development.
August 23rd, 2023 – Blog Entry by Mark Frazer and Albert Di Rienzo
Companion Animal Telemedicine using One Health Group (OHG) Technology
In this blog entry, we will explain what companion animal telemedicine is, why it is rising in popularity, and how OHG technology, especially Voyce, can enhance the quality and accessibility of veterinary care.
What is companion animal telemedicine?
Companion animal telemedicine is the use of information and communication technologies to provide or support veterinary services for pets remotely. It can include various methods, such as phone calls, text messages, emails, video calls, online platforms, mobile apps, or wearable devices. Companion animal telemedicine can be used for different purposes, such as:
- Consultation: Veterinarians can communicate with pet owners or other veterinarians to provide advice, diagnosis, treatment, or referral for pet health issues.
- Screening: The use of medical sensors to collect and present health data to help the veterinarian make an informed diagnosis.
- Monitoring: Veterinarians can track and evaluate the health status and behavior of pets using data collected from sensors or devices attached to the pets or their environment.
- Education: Veterinarians can educate pet owners or other veterinarians about pet health topics, such as preventive care, nutrition, or disease management.
- Research: Veterinarians can conduct or participate in research projects involving pets using data collected from telemedicine platforms or devices.
Why is companion animal telemedicine rising in popularity?
Companion animal telemedicine is rising in popularity for several reasons, such as:
- Demand: The number of pet owners and pets is increasing worldwide, creating a higher demand for veterinary services. According to a report by Grand View Research, the global pet care market size is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.9% through 2028 and beyond. However, the supply of veterinarians and veterinary clinics is not keeping pace with the demand, resulting in a shortage of veterinary professionals and access to veterinary care in some regions.
- Convenience: Companion animal telemedicine can offer convenience and flexibility for both pet owners and veterinarians. Pet owners can save time and money by avoiding travel and waiting times, as well as reduce stress and anxiety for themselves and their pets by staying at home. Veterinarians can save time and resources by reducing overhead costs, increasing productivity, and expanding their reach and clientele.
- Quality: Companion animal telemedicine can improve the quality and effectiveness of veterinary care by enabling early detection, timely intervention, continuous monitoring, personalized treatment, and improved compliance. Companion animal telemedicine can also enhance the communication and collaboration between pet owners and veterinarians, as well as between veterinarians and other specialists or experts.
- Innovation: Companion animal telemedicine is driven by innovation and technology development in various fields, such as artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, big data analytics, mobile applications, and wearable devices. These technologies can enable new capabilities and functionalities for companion animal telemedicine, such as image analysis, voice analysis, genetic analysis, predictive analytics, smart sensors, and intelligent algorithms.
How can OHG technology enhance companion animal telemedicine?
OHG is a medical technology innovator with a mission to bring breakthrough health diagnostics, monitoring, screening, and advanced analytics to market. Its flagship health diagnostics platform, Voyce, is a breakthrough solution with radical new health diagnostic sensors, extensive remote monitoring capabilities and advanced analytics via the cloud and mobile apps.
In its first instantiation, Voyce is a revolutionary wearable device that can measure vital signs and other critical health metrics of pets non-invasively and autonomously, such as heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate, heart rate variability (HRV), activity level, calories burned, resting patterns, body temperature, and body posture, among others. Voyce uses patented algorithms that are clinically validated through more than a million hours of Clinical Trials and in collaboration with leading universities and research institutes, both within the USA and internationally.
Voyce can transmit collected biomedical and contextual data to the cloud or private network for storage, post-processing, data visualization, and cognitive customer analytics. Voyce can also deliver the data to various platforms, such as web portals, mobile apps, or electronic medical records (EMRs), to meet the needs of any workflow.
Voyce can enhance companion animal telemedicine in many ways, such as:
- Consultation: Voyce can provide accurate and reliable data for veterinarians to diagnose and treat pet health issues remotely. It can also help pet owners to communicate better with veterinarians and share relevant information about their pets’ health status and behavior.
- Screening: Voyce provides a means to screen for a wide number of health conditions through the extensive set of remote monitoring sensors it provides. It’s cloud based AI also provides suggestions for veterinarians to consider when trying to make a diagnosis of often complex health cases.
- Monitoring: Voyce can enable continuous and real-time monitoring of pets’ health and well-being. It can also alert pet owners and veterinarians of any abnormal or concerning changes in pets’ vital signs or health metrics.
- Education: Voyce can educate pet owners about their pets’ health and wellness. It can also provide personalized and actionable recommendations for pet owners to improve their pets’ health and quality of life.
- Research: Voyce can facilitate and support research projects involving pets’ health and diseases. It can provide rich and diverse data for researchers to analyze and discover new insights and solutions for animal health.
In conclusion, companion animal telemedicine is a growing and promising field that can benefit both pets and humans. OHG technology, especially Voyce, will play a vital role in advancing and enhancing companion animal telemedicine by providing innovative and bleeding-edge solutions for pet health diagnostics, monitoring, and analytics.
August 4th, 2023 – Blog Entry by Mark Frazer and Albert Di Rienzo
Pioneering Equine Health: Ultra-Wideband based Technology for Optimal Care from One Health Group (OHG)
Horses have been our trusted companions for centuries, standing as symbols of strength, grace, and loyalty. However, just like any other living being, they are susceptible to various health problems that can impact their well-being and performance. Timely and accurate monitoring of their health is essential to ensure early detection of issues and provide appropriate care. In this blog post, we will delve into some common health problems faced by horses and explore how the Voyce Ultra-Wideband (UWB) based health diagnostics platform technology can revolutionize equine healthcare management.
Common Health Problems in Horses
Lameness is a widespread health concern in horses and can stem from various causes, such as joint injuries, tendon problems, or hoof issues. Detecting the source of lameness early is vital to initiating targeted treatments and rehabilitation plans. Delayed diagnosis can exacerbate the condition and lead to long-term consequences, affecting the horse’s overall performance and well-being.
Gastrointestinal problems, such as colic, are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in horses. Colic can be challenging to identify in its early stages, making it crucial for owners and caretakers to closely monitor the horse’s behavior and digestive patterns. Prompt recognition of abnormal gastrointestinal signs can significantly impact the success of treatment.
Respiratory issues, such as equine asthma and allergies, are increasingly prevalent in modern equine populations. These conditions can hinder a horse’s ability to breathe properly, leading to decreased performance and overall discomfort. Early detection and management are vital to ensure that the horse can continue to lead a healthy and active life.
Horses, especially those engaged in rigorous activities like racing and show jumping, are prone to musculoskeletal problems. Conditions like arthritis, osteoarthritis, and soft tissue injuries require careful monitoring and tailored treatment plans to prevent further degeneration and pain.
Ultra-Wideband Technology for Equine Health Management
One of the most significant advantages of UWB technology is its non-invasive nature. Equipped with lightweight and comfortable wearable devices, UWB can continuously monitor a horse’s vital signs, movement patterns, and behavior without causing any stress or discomfort to the animal. This real-time data collection offers valuable insights into the horse’s overall health, enabling early detection of potential health issues.
Remote Tracking and Analysis
With UWB technology, horse owners, trainers, caretakers and veterinarians can remotely track and analyze a horse’s health data. The collected data can be stored securely in cloud-based systems, allowing for easy access and collaboration among different stakeholders involved in the horse’s care. This remote approach facilitates timely decision-making, no matter the location of the horse.
Early Detection of Lameness
UWB technology’s precision tracking capabilities can help identify subtle changes in a horse’s gait and movement patterns, which are often indicative of lameness. By catching these abnormalities early, veterinarians can intervene promptly with targeted treatments, reducing the risk of further complications and ensuring a faster recovery.
Tailored Rehabilitation Programs
For horses undergoing rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, UWB technology can play a crucial role in monitoring their progress. By precisely tracking the horse’s movements and assessing the effectiveness of the rehabilitation program, veterinarians can make data-driven adjustments to ensure a successful recovery.
Equine health management is a complex and dynamic process, and early detection of health problems is essential for providing the best possible care to our majestic companions. Ultra-Wideband technology is revolutionizing the way we monitor and manage equine health. OHG is well ahead of the curve with its Voyce Platform since it has already conducted successful health monitoring of horses with its UWB sensors, embedded algorithms, and cloud-based AI.
With its non-invasive nature, remote tracking capabilities via specially researched harnesses, detection algorithms, and predictive AI, the Voyce platform’s UWB empowers horse owners, trainers, handlers, and veterinarians to take proactive steps in safeguarding the health and well-being of these incredible animals. By embracing this cutting-edge technology, we can ensure that our horses continue to thrive and excel in their roles as our cherished partners.
Personalized Animal Medicine from OHG through using contextualized data, multiple sensors, and AI powered analytics is groundbreaking in equine health management.
July 26th, 2023 – Blog Entry by Mark Frazer and Albert Di Rienzo
Personalized Animal Medicine the One Health Group Way
One Health Group (OHG) is a medical technology company that has developed an Ultra-wideband (UWB) based health monitoring platform for the animal health industry. However, while UWB provides an unprecedented set of capabilities for animal health diagnostics and monitoring, OHG also brings many other radically new sensors to bear to achieve its mission that is centered on personalized medicine.
Voyce is available as a wearable device that uses multiple innovative sensors and artificial intelligence to monitor the vital signs and health status of a range of companion, research, and commercial animals. Voyce can help veterinarians, animal owners and caretakers to detect early signs of disease, track treatment response, and provide personalized care.
Personalized animal medicine is an emerging field that aims to tailor medical interventions based on the individual characteristics of each animal, such as their contextualized biometric signature, genetic makeup, lifestyle, environment, and disease subtype. Personalized animal medicine can improve the accuracy of diagnosis, the efficacy of treatment, and the quality of life for animals.
One Health Group can improve personalized animal medicine by leveraging their expertise in data science and remote medical diagnostics. Some possible ways to do so are:
- Develop and partner to utilize new sensors and algorithms that can measure and analyze more biomarkers from animals, such as genomic alterations, molecular markers, immune responses, and behavioral patterns. These biomarkers can help to identify disease subtypes, risk factors, prognosis, and treatment response for various animal diseases.
- Integrating multi-omics data (such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics) with real-world longitudinal data from clinical practice (such as electronic medical records) and mobile health applications (such as Voyce Mobile). This can provide a more comprehensive and dynamic picture of the health status and needs of each animal.
- Collaborating with research universities and veterinarians to validate their products and solutions in clinical studies – of which OHG has already collected over a million hours worth. This can help to demonstrate the safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of their personalized animal medicine approaches compared to the standard of care.
- Educating and engaging animal owners, caretakers and veterinarians about the benefits and challenges of personalized animal medicine. This can help to increase the awareness, acceptance, and adoption of their products and solutions among the potential customers and users.
OHG is the leader is remote animal health diagnostics, and has a roadmap to bring exciting new technologies to market that will enhance its vision to make personalized medicine the standard for animal health.
July 10th, 2023 – Blog Entry by Mark Frazer and Albert Di Rienzo
How One Health Group Can Revolutionize Laboratory Research Animal Welfare with better Clinical, Ethical and Regulatory Performance
If you are a researcher or a veterinarian who works with laboratory animals, you know how challenging it can be to monitor their health and well-being. You may have to rely on invasive procedures, expensive equipment, or subjective observations to assess their vital signs, behavior, and stress levels. You may also have to deal with ethical issues, regulatory compliance, and animal welfare concerns.
But what if there was a better way to monitor the health of laboratory animals remotely, non-invasively, and accurately? What if you could get real-time data on their heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, temperature, activity, sleep patterns, and posture without disturbing them or compromising their natural behavior? What if you could use artificial intelligence to analyze the data and detect any signs of illness, injury, or distress before they become serious?
That is exactly what One Health Group (OHG) aims to do with its breakthrough product, Voyce. Voyce is a wearable device that uses ultra-wideband (UWB) radar technology and machine learning to provide remote medical diagnostics for animal health. Voyce can measure vital signs and behavior of animals with high precision and reliability, without requiring any contact or calibration. Voyce can also transmit the data wirelessly to a cloud-based platform or securely to your own internal network, where it can be accessed and analyzed by researchers and veterinarians.
What is UWB radar technology and how does it work?
UWB radar technology is a type of wireless communication that uses very short pulses of electromagnetic waves to transmit and receive signals. UWB radar technology has several advantages:
- Penetrate through obstacles such as fur.
- Operate in noisy environments without interference.
- Consume very low power and have long battery life.
- Provide high accuracy and resolution.
- Support multiple devices simultaneously.
UWB radar technology can be used to sense and monitor vital signs, deeper cardiopulmonary diagnostics and behavior of animals by sending pulses of electromagnetic waves towards the animal and receiving the reflected signals. The reflected signals contain information about the movement of the animal’s chest, heart, lungs, and limbs. By processing and analyzing the reflected signals using advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence, UWB radar technology can extract various parameters such as heart rate, respiration rate, temperature, activity level, posture, and stress level.
What are the benefits of using Voyce for laboratory animal research?
Voyce can offer several benefits for laboratory animal research, such as:
- Improving animal welfare by reducing stress, pain, and discomfort caused by invasive procedures or handling.
- Enhancing research quality by providing objective, quantitative, and continuous data on animal health and behavior. White Coat Syndrome is eliminated.
- Increasing research efficiency by saving time, money, and resources spent on conventional methods of monitoring.
- Supporting ethical standards by minimizing animal use and maximizing animal care.
- Complying with regulatory standards (including FDA Good Laboratory Practices) by design.
Voyce can also enable new possibilities for laboratory animal research, such as:
- Studying the effects of environmental factors, such as noise, light, temperature, or humidity on animal health and behavior.
- Investigating the interactions between animals in social groups or in different experimental settings.
- Exploring the mechanisms of disease progression, drug efficacy, or vaccine response in animal models.
- Developing new biomarkers or endpoints for animal health and welfare assessment.
How can you get Voyce for your laboratory animal research?
Voyce will soon be available for dogs and cats and through its development has been used in thousands of hours in research settings. OHG also plans to launch a solution for rodents soon. If you are interested in using Voyce for your laboratory animal research, please contact us for further information and the opportunity to be one of the first commercial users.
OHG is also open to collaborating with researchers and veterinarians who want to test or validate Voyce for different species or applications. OHG has partnered with leading research universities and veterinarians in support of their R&D efforts.
Voyce is a truly innovative product that can revolutionize laboratory animal research. By using Voyce, you can monitor the health of your laboratory animals remotely, non-invasively, and accurately. You can also improve their welfare, enhance your research quality, increase your research efficiency, and support ethical and regulatory standards. Voyce is the future of professional remote medical diagnostics for animal health.
June 12th, 2023 – Blog Entry by Mark Frazer and Albert Di Rienzo
How Ultra-Wideband Technology Can Revolutionize Veterinary Medicine
Ultra-wideband (UWB) technology is a wireless communication system that uses very short pulses of radio waves to transmit data over a wide range of frequencies. UWB has many advantages over conventional wireless technologies, such as high bandwidth, low power consumption, high accuracy, and resistance to interference. These features make UWB ideal for applications that require precise localization, tracking, and sensing of objects and people. One Health Group (OHG) has developed a UWB based medical diagnostics platform for animals. This platform can be in contact with the animal, or completely off the animal, some distance away.
One of the most promising applications of UWB is in veterinary medicine, where it can be used to monitor and diagnose the health of animals in real-time. This is space where OHG has developed its Voyce system. The system can provide accurate and noncontact measurements of vital signs, such as heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure and body temperature. UWB can also detect abnormalities in the organs and tissues of animals, such as tumors, infections, inflammations, and injuries.
The Voyce System can be integrated into wearable devices, such as collars, harnesses, tags, or implants, that can communicate with a wireless base station or via Bluetooth to a smartphone. The devices from One Health Group pre-process the raw UWB data, then sends that data to the Voyce Cloud. This is where advanced AI algorithms are applied, which are based on over a million hours of animal data that OHG and various animal research universities have collected in nearly 3,500 clinical settings using Voyce.
This way, veterinarians can remotely access the data and alerts from the devices and provide timely and personalized care to the animals based on a monitoring regime. Such a monitoring regime pre-configures the device for a specific medical monitoring requirement – e.g., a weight loss program, through to critical monitoring after heart surgery. Voyce can also enable the creation of smart environments for animals, such as farms, zoos, or wildlife reserves, where sensors and cameras can track the location and behavior of animals and alert the staff in case of emergencies or anomalies. There is a very wide application space for the Voyce System, which can work for virtually any animal, and can fit within a very wide range of existing infrastructures for non-contact medical monitoring. Some examples are Cattle/Dairy Farming, Chicken Farming, Animal Research, Pig Farming, Horse Care, etc.
The Voyce System has the potential to revolutionize veterinary medicine by providing accurate, reliable, and cost-effective solutions for animal health monitoring and diagnosis. The Voyce System can improve the quality of life and welfare of animals by reducing stress, pain, and risks associated with invasive procedures. It can also enhance the efficiency and productivity of various animal farming industries by enabling data-driven decision making and automation for comprehensive health monitoring.
Voyce technology is still in its early stages of development and adoption, but it has already shown promising results in various animal studies and trials with some of the largest Pharmaceutical Companies in the world. Also, researchers at the University of Bristol have used UWB to measure the heart rate and respiration rate of dogs and cats with high accuracy. Researchers at the University of California have used UWB to detect lung tumors in mice with high sensitivity and specificity. Researchers have also used UWB to monitor the tissue temperature of animals. There are also multiple eminent animal research universities beyond these that have used an earlier version of the Voyce System for things like heart disease, and Arthritis monitoring.
As Voyce technology matures and becomes more widely available, it will open new possibilities and opportunities for veterinary medicine. Voyce products using UWB will enable veterinarians to provide better care to animals by accessing real-time and accurate data on their health status – both in-clinic and remotely. It will also empower animal owners and caretakers to monitor and manage their animals’ well-being more easily and effectively. UWB will ultimately contribute to the advancement of animal health science and innovation across a very wide range of animal industries.
May 23rd, 2023 – Blog Entry by Mark Frazer and Albert Di Rienzo
What is the Egg Laying Industry?
The egg laying industry involves raising chickens for the purpose of producing eggs for human consumption. It is a global industry that varies in scale, methods, and practices across different regions and countries. It is also an industry that faces several challenges and issues, such as animal welfare, environmental impact, biosecurity, disease outbreaks, food safety, consumer expectations, and market competition.
The global egg market size was valued at $213.13 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7% from 2021 to 2030. According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), egg production in the United States totaled 9.18 billion during September 2021, up 1 percent from last year. Production included 7.94 billion table eggs, and 1.24 billion hatching eggs, of which 1.17 billion were broiler-type and 71.2 million were egg-type. According to the USDA, the value of all egg production in 2020 was $8.66 billion, up 18 percent from $7.33 billion in 2019.
Based on a report from USDA, showing data through May 5th, 2023, we estimate ~50M chickens will likely be affected by Avian Flu in 2023. This problem needs to be controlled, not least because of its effect on humans. Avian flu can be serious and even fatal in humans. According to the World Health Organization, avian influenza infections in humans may cause disease ranging from mild upper respiratory infection (fever and cough) to rapid progression to severe pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, shock and even death.
In this blog post, we will explore how One Health Group (OHG), a medical technology innovator with a mission to bring breakthrough health diagnostics, monitoring, screening, and advanced analytics to market, can help the egg laying industry overcome these challenges and improve its performance and sustainability.
What is One Health Group’s Platform Technology?
OHG’s platform technology is a novel Ultra-Wideband Radar (UWB) based platform for monitoring the health of animals using a noncontact intelligent sensor array that measures vital signs such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, core body temperature, activity level, and stress level. While UWB takes center stage, multiple other high-tech sensors are utilized, which are complimented by the use of artificial intelligence including, neural networks and machine learning algorithms, to provide personalized insights and recommendations based on the animal’s species, breed, age, weight, sex, health condition, and environmental factors.
The underlying technology for the platform is the patented use of UWB to monitor animal health while on or off body. OHG holds the exclusive world-wide rights to utilize UWB for animal health monitoring. To this end, OHG has configured and applied its technology platform to different types of animals, from its original companion animal focus, to include Pigs, Goats, Cows Horses Rats, Chickens and more. For the egg laying industry, OHG technology can provide a unique and economically valuable solution for remote medical diagnostics and health management of hens.
How Can One Health Group Technology Benefit the Egg Laying Industry?
OHG technology can benefit the egg laying industry in several ways, such as:
- Improving the quality of life and welfare of chickens by providing noninvasive and comfortable health monitoring that does not require any contact with the skin or feathers.
- Preventing or detecting disease at an early stage by providing accurate and reliable health data that can alert farmers, caretakers and veterinarians of any abnormal changes or signs of illness.
- Reducing healthcare costs by avoiding unnecessary treatments or interventions that may result from inaccurate or delayed diagnosis.
- Enhancing productivity and profitability of egg production by optimizing the health and performance of chickens and reducing mortality and morbidity rates.
- Contributing to food security and safety by ensuring the quality and safety of eggs, while reducing the risk of zoonotic diseases or foodborne illnesses.
OHG technology can provide a revolutionary solution for the egg laying industry by providing unprecedented access to predictive, real-time, actionable health data for chickens. This can help the industry overcome some key challenges and improve its performance and sustainability.
If you are interested in learning more about OHG technology or how it can benefit your egg production business, please contact us today. We would love to hear from you.
May 10th, 2023 – Blog Entry by Mark Frazer and Albert Di Rienzo
Exploring Animal Markets in which One Health Group will have a major impact.
In this blog post we will explore the market potential and opportunities for OHG in various segments of animal health, including:
- Companion Animals,
- Livestock and Dairy Farming, and,
- Animal Research.
There are also other market segments where the Voyce platform will compete, but we will focus on a few in the Blog.
Companion animals are pets that provide companionship and emotional support to humans. They include dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, birds, reptiles, and others. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey, in 2020, around 67% of households have at least one pet. The global companion animal health market size was valued at USD 18.67 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.2% from 2021 to 2028. The U.S. companion animal health market size was valued at USD 5.2 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 10.3% from 2023 to 2030. It is worth noting here that Voyce has the potential to grow this market significantly due its breakthrough technology enabling new operational opportunities and resulting in new business models.
The market is driven by the growing adoption of companion animals (including a major boost during the COVID-19 pandemic), the increasing awareness and expenditure on pet health and wellness, the availability and adoption of pet insurance, the rising incidence of chronic diseases such as cancer and obesity in pets, and the advent of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), wearable devices, health sensors embedded into the environment, telemedicine, and point-of-care diagnostics.
OHG’s Voyce is a truly new generation technology platform for monitoring the health of companion animals. It uses a noncontact intelligent sensor that measures vital signs such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, core body temperature, activity level, sleep quality, and calories expended. It also uses AI to provide personalized insights and recommendations based on many attributes of the species. Voyce allows veterinarians to track a pet’s health trends over time and receive alerts for any abnormal changes.
Voyce also provides a comprehensive set of apps to allow veterinarians to obtain the type of health insights and early diagnostics that have simply not been possible in the past. This includes the unique implementation of monitoring regimes, making personalized health monitoring easy and based on the animal’s current health state. Such monitoring regimes have the intrinsic capability of sharing best practices throughout the industry.
OHG’s Voyce has several advantages over other existing products in the market. First, it is noninvasive and comfortable for the pet as it does not require any contact with the skin or fur. Second, it is accurate and reliable as it uses Ultra-WideBand radar technology that can penetrate through fur and measure vital signs with high precision – allowing both wearable solutions and solutions that are embedded in the home or clinical environment. Third, it is versatile and scalable as it can be used for different types of companion animals such as dogs and cats. Fourth, it is affordable and accessible as it does not require any expensive equipment or laboratory tests. Fifth, no special clinical training is required by the veterinarian or veterinary technician to use Voyce.
OHG’s Voyce has the potential to revolutionize the companion animal health market by providing pet owners and veterinarians with unprecedented access to real-time and actionable health information. This can help improve the quality of life and longevity of pets, prevent or detect diseases at an early stage, reduce healthcare costs, and enhance the bond between pets and humans.
Livestock and Dairy Farming Livestock and dairy farming are sectors that involve raising animals for food production such as meat, milk, eggs, wool and others. They include cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, and others. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in 2019, there were about:· 1.5 billion cattle,· 1 billion sheep,· 0.9 billion goats,· 0.8 billion pigs,· and 23 billion chickens in the world. The global livestock diagnostics market size was valued at USD 1.4 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.8% from 2020 to 2027. The global dairy herd management market size was valued at USD 2.8 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% from 2020 to 2027. Per the previously explored segment, Voyce has the potential to grow this market significantly due its breakthrough technology enabling new operational opportunities and resulting in new business models. The market is driven by the growing demand for animal protein, the increasing prevalence of zoonotic diseases such as avian influenza, foot-and-mouth disease, and bovine tuberculosis, the rising awareness and adoption of animal welfare practices, the growing need for enhancing productivity and efficiency of livestock farming, and the emergence of new technologies such as precision livestock farming, biotechnology,and genomics. OHG’s Voyce is a novel technology platform for monitoring the health of livestock and dairy animals. It uses a noncontact intelligent sensor that measures vital signs such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure temperature, rumination, activity level, and stress level. It also uses AI to provide personalized insights and recommendations based on the animal’s age, breed, weight, health condition, and environmental factors. Voyce allows farmers, ranchers and veterinarians to track their animal’s health trends over time, share data with their service providers, and receive alerts for any abnormal changes. Voyce also provides a comprehensive set of apps to allow veterinarians, ranchers and farmers to obtain the type of health insights and early diagnostics that have simply not been possible in the past. OHG’s Voyce has the potential to revolutionize the livestock and dairy farming market by providing farmers, ranchers and veterinarians with unprecedented access to real-time and actionable health information. This can help improve the quality of life and welfare of animals, prevent or detect diseases at an early stage, reduce healthcare costs, enhance productivity and profitability of farming / ranching operations, and contribute to food security and safety. Animal Research Animal research is the use of animals for scientific purposes such as biomedical research, drug development, toxicology testing, and education. Animals are used as models to study human diseases, physiology, genetics, behavior, and development. They are also used to test the safety and efficacy of new drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 2019, there were about 780,000 animals used for research in the U.S., excluding mice, rats, birds, and fish. The global animal model market size was valued at USD 17.7 billion in 2021 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2022 to 2028. The global animal genetics market size was valued at USD 6.64 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach USD 9.66 billion in 2027 and register a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period. Per the previously explored segment, Voyce has the potential to grow this market significantly due its breakthrough technology enabling new operational opportunities and resulting in new business models.
The Value of the Voyce Health Monitoring System to a Veterinary Practice
A message to Veterinarians. Voyce Can Enhance your Veterinary Practice and Improve Client Satisfaction.
As a veterinarian, you know how important it is to provide the best care possible for your patients. You also know how challenging it can be to monitor their health and wellness between visits, especially for chronic or complex cases. You rely on your clients to observe and report any changes or concerns in their pets behavior, symptoms, or vital signs. But how accurate and reliable are these observations, and how is data collected when the client (or pet parent) is not physically present? How often do you wish you had more objective and comprehensive data to support your diagnosis and treatment decisions, but without having your and your staff deal with ad-hoc phone calls, texts or emails?
That’s where Voyce comes in. Voyce is a revolutionary platform that tracks the health of your patients health and wellness using amazing new sensors and artificial intelligence. It’s advanced features and benefits allow deep and accurate monitoring that is easily tailored to the personal health issues of the pet. The days of “White Coat Syndrome” become something if the past.
Voyce is a device that primarily attaches to pets in various easy to use form factors – e.g., attaching to collars or harness; with additional use cases where the voice platform is integrated into the home environment. It measures pets heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, activity level, rest patterns, and much more. It also connects to a dashboard that displays trends and insights of pets health and wellness. You can access the dashboard from any device and share it with your clients or other colleagues. Depending on the specific case, you can choose to be alerted if certain health thresholds are exceeded. This replaces the need for subjective and difficult to manage interactions with the pet parent. Voyce has a regimes that make monitoring easy to implement, and to also adopt existing best practices immediately.
Voyce also provides your clients with a simple and personalized health status check, and expert advice and tips on how to improve the health and happiness of their pet given any chronic or acute health conditions it may face.
Voyce can help you with many aspects of your veterinary practice, such as:
- Preventing and managing chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, osteoarthritis, obesity, and anxiety. Voyce can help you monitor your patients symptoms, medication effects, and response to treatment.
- Detecting early signs of illness or distress such as fever, pain, infection, dehydration, or stress. Voyce can help you catch any problems before they become serious or life-threatening. You can also advise your clients on when to bring their pets in for a check-up or emergency visit when on a long-term health monitoring program.
- Improving your pets fitness and nutrition. Voyce can help you and the pet parent track activity level, calories burned, and resting patterns. You can also provide automated recommendations for exercise and diet that suit the pets needs and goals. There are many interesting opportunities in this space, such as integrating the Voyce Platform with pet feeders for example.
- Enhancing your communication and relationship with your clients. Voyce can help you educate your clients on their pet’s health and wellness. You can also share elements of the data dashboard with them, so they can see the progress and results of your care; communicate with them through the Voyce App; and send them reminders, tips, or feedback. Much of this can be automated using the AI built into Voyce.
Voyce is more than just a gadget. It’s a way to improve the effectiveness and profitability of your veterinary practice, and at the same time increase your clients’ satisfaction. It’s a way to provide the best care possible for your patients.
Voyce is the ultimate wearable for the animal health industry, and the Voyce Platform allows for revolutionary new ways to monitor the health of pets through integration with the environment in which they live. It’s the best tool you can have to enhance your veterinary practice and improve your clients’ satisfaction. Voyce will soon be available for dogs, and a solution for cats will follow shortly afterwards.
April 17th 2023 – Blog Entry by Mark Frazer and Albert Di Rienzo
How Voyce Health Monitors Can Keep Service Animals Healthy.
Service animals are specially trained animals that give aid and support to people with disabilities, such as blindness, deafness, mobility impairment, autism, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. Also, service animals are used to a great extent for things like Search and Rescue, Customs and Border Protection, Military, Police and Private Security. Service animals can perform various tasks and functions that can help their owners live more independently and safely; or help their handlers perform their jobs more effectively – such as animals used at airports to identify risks and help with law enforcement.
However, service animals also face various challenges and risks, such as stress, fatigue, injury, infection, and end of life challenges, that can affect their health and performance.
One way to keep service animals healthy is to use Voyce vital signs monitors. Voyce is a wearable device that can measure the vital signs and behavior of dogs, such as heart rate, respiration rate, activity level, calories burned, and sleep quality. It also provides personalized health insights and alerts based on the data collected. Voyce can be worn by service dogs of any size or breed and can be easily integrated with their harness or vest.
Voyce health monitors can provide various benefits for service animals and their owners and handlers, such as:
- Early detection and prevention of health issues: By monitoring the vital signs and behavior of service dogs, Voyce can detect any abnormalities or changes that may indicate the onset or presence of health issues or conditions. This can enable timely interventions and treatments that can prevent or mitigate the severity and duration of illnesses. This can also improve the health and longevity of service dogs and reduce veterinary costs. For example, Voyce can alert the owner or handler if the service dog has a fever, an irregular heartbeat, a respiratory infection, or a low activity level.
- Enhanced performance and productivity: By monitoring the vital signs and behavior of service dogs, Voyce can help the owner or handler optimize their training and management strategies. This can improve the performance and productivity of service dogs and ensure their readiness and reliability for their tasks and functions. For example, Voyce can help the owner/handler adjust the exercise intensity and duration of service dogs based on their heart rate and activity level. It can also help the owner monitor the rest and recovery of service dogs based on their sleep quality and respiration rate; with another example being when to rest service dogs in boarder control environments, working in hot desert terrains.
- Improved communication and bonding: By monitoring the vital signs and behavior of service dogs, Voyce can provide valuable information and feedback to the owner/handler about their emotional state and well-being. This can improve the communication and bonding between the owner and the service dog and enhance their mutual trust and understanding. For example, Voyce can help the owner recognize the signs of stress or anxiety in service dogs based on their heart rate variability and activity level. It can also help the owner reward and praise service dogs based on good performance as objectively measured by the Voyce system.
Voyce health monitors can be a valuable tool for service animals and their owners/handlers to keep them healthy. By using a wearable device that can measure the vital signs and behavior of dogs, owners/handlers can obtain real-time insights and alerts that can help them optimize their care and management practices and enhance their communication and bonding.