EarlySense’s sensor-based patient-monitoring system is used in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes to track patients’ cardiac and respiratory conditions, sleep, and motion, and to send alerts to nurses’ stations. The system, which is placed under the mattress rather than on the person's body, aims to reduce falls, prevent bed sores, and save money. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that half of the 1.5 million residents of nursing homes in the U.S. fall each year. EarlySense estimates that it has prevented deaths of 500 patients and helped to save hospitals more than $30 million from the preventable effects of falls, such as fractures and other injuries, and from treating bed sores caused by sleeping discomfort. The company's sensors monitored more than 100,000 patients in 2016, and were used in 60 hospitals and nursing homes, including Veterans Affairs hospitals in the U.S. A version of the product for home use is also on the market.