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Intelligent Blood Pressure Measurement Device

Intelligent Blood Pressure Quality Display

Quote: KT110751

The Challenge

Blood pressure testing is one of the standard tests to determine and monitor health status, yet measurements are highly variable even in very tightly controlled conditions, whether made manually or automatically. There is a need to overcome this variability.

The Solution

Researchers at Newcastle University have developed intelligent blood pressure measurement technology to improve the accuracy of blood pressure measurements. Inclusion of the intelligent technology in the blood pressure measurement process provides the operator with an index of quality for the blood pressure reading. This provides user feedback, additional warnings and the opportunity to repeat poor measurements, thus increasing the accuracy of readings.

The intelligent blood pressure measurement technology can be used as an add-on to existing Sphygmomanometers or can be incorporated within Sphygmomanometers and more complex patient monitors with non-invasive blood pressure measurement capabilities.

The Opportunity

Market research has identified three potential applications for the technology:
• Incorporation into devices for the home user to give increased confidence to lay users that the readings they take are accurate
• Incorporation into clinical devices to improve the accuracy of reading taken by clinical staff
• Use within a training package which includes printed and electronic training materials, during the initial training and ongoing CPD of clinical staff
We are looking to partner or license the technology to an existing blood pressure device manufacturer.

Intellectual Property Status

An initial patent filing was made in July 2013 and is now at National Phase in US, UK and EU
Title: An improved sphygmomanometer capable of displaying the quality of blood pressure readings
Application no: US14/902028 (USA), EP14735673.7 (Europe) and GB14142639.5 (UK)
Filing Date: 1st July 2014
Applicant: University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Contact

Dr Marie Labus, Enterprise Team, Research & Enterprise Services, Newcastle University, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Framlington Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH