This Wednesday our founding director, Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE, was graciously presented with The Oxford Trust's "Outstanding Achievement Award" by their CEO, Steve Burgess, for his contribution to biomedical engineering and translational innovation in healthcare and technology systems, which includes the founding of, and groundbreaking work at, Oxehealth over the years.
The Oxford Trust commented that his pioneering work in the clinical use of machine learning has had a huge influence not just on the development of e-health in Oxford but around the world.
The Awards are run in partnership with Venturefest Oxford, and were held on Wednesday. The Oxford Trust is an independent charitable trust that was established in 1985 by Oxford entrepreneurs Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood, founders of Oxford Instruments. The Trust’s mission is to encourage and facilitate the study, application and communication of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Oxehealth was founded by the head of engineering at Oxford University, Professor Lionel Tarassenko in 2012. Since then, it has become a UK tech success story, with financial backing from IP Group Plc and Ora Capital, two major investment trusts committed to supporting UK science for the long-term.
Oxehealth’s Digital Care Assistant products are already used by nine mental health trusts (17% of all the mental health trusts in England), three care home chains in the UK and Sweden and two police forces.
Oxehealth’s software solutions act as an assistant for staff when they cannot be present in a room, or do not want to disturb an individual. They enable optical sensors to alert clinicians, carers and custodians to high-risk activity, take spot vital sign measurements and review activity reports. This helps staff to improve the care of the elderly and vulnerable by reducing injuries and enabling staff to spend more time on hands-on care.
A case study has been published about Oxehealth’s work at Manor Hospital, part of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where falls are a major risk. Staff report that the Digital Care Assistant has “become the sixth member of our team on the night shift.”
About Oxehealth’s vital signs measurement software
Oxehealth uses proprietary signal processing and computer vision to process normal digital video camera data to measure pulse rate and breathing rate and is intended for the non-invasive spot measurement of these vital signs.
It is a fixed-installation device for use within single occupancy rooms covered by a framework that mandates periodic checks by a trained professional to ensure subject safety. See device Instructions for Use for intended use, contraindications, warnings, cautions, usage directions and maintenance.
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