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“Remote heart rate monitoring”
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   - Isis Project No 7159
A stethoscope and phone application that records PCGs and enables remote monitoring of heart rates and murmurs, which are immediately relayed to a GP or doctor.

Technical and commercial advantages
Researchers from The University of Oxford have developed a portable digital stethoscope and a phone application (for low-spec and high-spec phones). It enables:

basically trained healthcare workers to capture high quality PCGs,
transmission of the PCGs to a central server for analysis and diagnosis by a trained expert,
signal quality feedback.
Electronic stethoscopes available within the marketplace do not offer these advantages.

Remote healthcare
Within both developing and developed countries there is a growing requirement for effective remote monitoring of patients.

Within the UK, for instance, the NHS faces major financial challenges and reform which will see healthcare delivery shifting into the local community to reduce hospital administration and the use of beds.

In developing countries such as South Africa and India a large percentage of the population live within rural areas where constant monitoring and hospital access is difficult and expensive. Remote healthcare workers have been employed in such areas to aid in alleviating some of these problems.

Low cost, easy to use medical devices which allow for early, constant monitoring and analysis by a doctor hundreds of miles away are in global demand.

Early diagnosis
The device was initially developed to target tuberculosis pericarditis, which affects around 10% of all TB patients and has a high mortality rate (40%) because sufferers in developing countries struggle to reach a clinic before it is too late.

The ability to pick up the early warning signs of this and many other conditions is made possible through the Oxford invention. In the future it could also be utilised for pulmonary auscultations and foetal heart sound examinations.

Clinical trials
A clinical trial was conducted in Cape Town, South Africa. Data from this study has not yet been published. Isis would like to speak to companies interested in reviewing this data in order to license and/or develop this technology.

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