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IIT Madras, MedIoTek develop device for measuring health vitals

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on February 13, 2018

VinCense records pulse rate, oxygen saturation, BP, etc

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) and MedIoTek Health Systems have jointly developed a wearable device for measuring vital clinical parameters in a non-invasive manner.

Vital signs such as pulse rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, skin temperature and blood pressure are recorded through the device, VinCense. The data are stored in the patent-pending secured cloud from where healthcare providers can access them using an intuitive interface, according to a press release. The device can be deployed for home healthcare delivery, insurance and corporate/industrial occupational health screening.

Health screening and monitoring towards preventive and curative care are becoming easier using technologies such as virtual reality, gaming, data-sciences and Internet of Medical Things (IoMT).

Haptic feedback tech

The device was developed by a team led by M Manivannan, Head of Touch Lab, Biomedical Engineering Group, Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras. Manivannan said in the press release that his team is developing algorithms that provide more accurate vitals from VinCense.

MedIoTek Health Systems, which is into mobile health technology, has been working on this wearable platform for four years and the Touch Laboratory at IITM has been working on medical simulation technologies providing haptic feedback, which refers to using sense of touch in a user interface design to provide information to an end user, for the past 13 years.

This collaboration would further lead to algorithms for medical simulation applied to wireless health monitoring systems. The outcome of the collaboration could lead to early intervention reducing risks and complications and improving clinical outcomes in cases such as post-op, rehab and tracking just discharged patients and patients in the ambulance.

Published on February 13, 2018

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