Liverpool tech firm awarded contract to wirelessly monitor childhood illnesses & wellbeing via sensors
BioSensors Ltd has been awarded a SBRI Healthcare development contract, to investigate how wearable sensors can help treat and diagnose childhood illnesses. Working with Liverpool John Moores University and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, the company are investigating how to make it easier to monitor children both in hospital and at home, by monitoring a patient’s vital signs as well as defined bio-chemical markers in their blood.
BioSensors (a subsidiary of Med ePad Ltd), based in Liverpool’s Science Park, is investigating how sensors can be used to replace current invasive blood sampling techniques and to monitor children’s vital signs during hospital stays. When children have heart surgery they regularly need blood sampling to monitor their health. Current tests track various bio-chemical levels in a patients blood through the traditional method of taking blood regularly for lab analysis, and is both invasive, and also distressing for both children and their parents whilst increasing the risk of infection. Working with a sensor system developed by LJMU, BioSensors will be trialling the use of miniature, wireless and disposable transdermal sensors that will measure the levels of different elements in the blood including lactate, HCO3 and others. The sensors will transmit messages to a mobile solution designed by Med ePad, as an early warning system for a change in condition. The system will give doctors and nurses a consistent view of a child’s health and progress. It also means there can be a real-time diagnosis and decision making, with no need to wait for results.
Liverpool John Moores is working with the company, using their innovative sensor technology. Alder hey is advising on clinical need from the point of view of acute care and rooting the research in medical science.
The development contract has been made by The Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) which is an NHS England initiative. The company are also part of Liverpool’s eHealth cluster, a group of technology firms within the NorthWest, working with health and social care partners and academics working to find high-tech solutions to health issues.
“Liverpool is leading the way in terms of ehealth research and the development of innovative products. This investment reflects the specialism and creativity within the city. The eHealth cluster is driven by collaboration and it is the unique mix of partners and expertise that means some of the most interesting and potentially life changing technology products are being developed in the city right now.”
Notes to editors:
The Small Business Research Initiative for Healthcare (SBRI Healthcare) is an NHS England initiative, championed by the newly formed Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), who aim to promote UK economic growth whilst addressing unmet health needs and enhancing the take up of known best practice.
BioSensors Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Med ePad Ltd., and Liverpool John Moores University. This work was commissioned and funded by NHS England. The views expressed in the publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily that of the funding partners.