Evaluation of the beat-to-beat detection accuracy of PulseOn wearable optical heart rate monitor

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Parak, Jakub
Tarniceriu, Adrian
Renevey, Philippe
Bertschi, Mattia
Delgado-Gonzalo, Ricard
Korhonen, Ilkka
Heart rate variability (HRV) provides significant information about the health status of an individual. Optical heart rate monitoring is a comfortable alternative to ECG based heart rate monitoring. However, most available optical heart rate monitoring devices do not supply beat-to-beat detection accuracy required by proper HRV analysis. We evaluate the beat-to-beat detection accuracy of a recent wristworn optical heart rate monitoring device, PulseOn (PO). Ten subjects (8 male and 2 female; 35.9±10.3y) participated in the study. HRV was recorded with PO and Firstbeat Bodyguard 2 (BG2) device, which was used as an ECG based reference. HRV was recorded during sleep. As compared to BG2, PO detected on average 99.57% of the heartbeats (0.43% of beats missed) and had 0.72% extra beat detection rate, with 5.94 ms mean absolute error (MAE) in RRI as compared to the ECG based RRI (BG2. Mean RMSSD difference between PO and BG2 derived HRV was 3.1 ms. Therefore, PO provides an accurate method for long term HRV monitoring during sleep.
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2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Milan (Italy), pp. 8099-8102