Intel-owned Basis is donating 1,000 smartwatches to the VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) in recognition of National Military Appreciation Month, to support programs benefiting local veterans. Some of these devices will be used in a pilot study run by the VA to track sleep changes in veterans, as well as in VA-supported athletic and activity programs.
Specifically, the VABHS is using Basis trackers in a study focused on tracking sleep patterns in veterans suffering from PTSD-related nightmares. The study will look at sleep patterns of these patients before, during and after the introduction of prazosin, a drug shown in past studies to improve sleep in such patients.
Basis says its smartwatches offer the most advanced sleep tracking capabilities in the wearable fitness tracker category and can automatically detect sleep and achieve full sleep staging, including light, deep and REM sleep. Researchers will leverage these metrics to help improve the sleep habits of veterans by tracking nightly changes in overall sleep quantity and quality; and there are also plans to expand research into larger PTSD-related studies.
The VA will also rely on Basis’ devices in its MOVE! weight management program to support a wide variety of veterans’ activities.Additionally, the VA will rely on Basis’ tech in its MOVE! weight management program to support a wide variety of veterans’ activities, including the local VA rowing team as well as stress reduction yoga courses.
Finally, through the end of May, the company has committed to donating $10 of all sales proceeds of Basis Peak, its newest fitness and sleep tracker, to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).