Space Programs

When the International Space Station’s Cardiolab needed monitoring equipment they looked no further than ReactDx. Use of ReactDx’s Holter Monitors and Epicardia system had been such a successful part of the Mir Space Station’s physiolab, the team of French scientists at CNES asked ReactDx to be a part of the their Cardiolab aboard the International Space Station. Only a monitoring system of the highest quality and accuracy meets the needs of such world-renowned space exploration programs.

The International Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) provides an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of the micro-gravity environment and its effects on humans. Astronauts are to live and work in space aboard the station for prolonged periods of time, conducting and taking part in important scientific experimentation.

The Cardiolab, led by the French space exploration team at CNES, is dedicated to the study of the human cardiovascular system and its evolution in a microgravity environment. CNES is currently using ReactDx’s Holter Monitor, equipped with the patented Diogenes algorithm, to conduct Holter procedures and collect ECG data. Data is then transmitted to Earth via a digital satellite connection for analysis.

For more information on Cardiolab and the International Space Station visit the CNES website.

Mir Space Station

In 1994, ReactDx was selected to provide the joint Russian and French space programs with ECG monitoring of cosmonauts on Mir Space Station as they trained and worked in space. Digital Holter Monitors, equipped with the Diogenes algorithm, and the Epicardia 4000 Holter System were integral parts of the Mir physiolab. ReactDx’s Holter Monitors were used to screen the health of the cosmonauts and astronauts, and to collect data on the long-term effects of low gravity on the human cardiovascular system. ReactDx was the only company in the world that met the stringent requirements of the international space programs involved.

The 24-hour digital data, analyzed as it was recorded, was transmitted to two sites on Earth through Mir’s digital satellite telecommunications system and reviewed by physicians in Toulouse, France and Star City, Russia. All the transmitted data was routine until early July 1997, when the ReactDx system recorded changes in the rhythm of Commander Vasily Tsibliyev’s heart.

“The information provided by the ReactDx system allowed the doctors to determine that while there was a change in Tsibliyev’s cardiac function, the problem was not putting him in imminent danger, and that they did not have to immediately return him to Earth”, said Didier Cauquil, Physiolab project manager for CNES, the French space agency. “They were able to make their decision based on accurate, real-time data instead of relying on symptoms or speculation.”

To view a synopsis of the cardiovascular research conducted on Mir, visit the NASA website.

Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

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