- The Oxford-based company was founded in 2012 by Lionel Tarassenko as a spin-out of Oxford University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
- Oxehealth’s technology can measure pulse & breathing rate and human activity & behaviour using proprietary algorithms which harness deep learning, computer vision and signal processing techniques.
- Oxehealth’s SaaS workflow solution gives carers and custodians more time for hands on care where and when it’s needed most.
Oxehealth secures world-first medical device certification for software enabling a digital video camera to remotely detect pulse and breathing rate, with the potential to transform care for elderly and vulnerable people in rooms where staff cannot always be present.
Measure pulse rate and breathing rate totally contact free, be alerted to riskyactivities (for example a dementia patient getting out of bed) and review objective data on activity and vital signs to inform care planning.
Oxehealth are the first company in the world to certify software as a medical device which enables a secure optical sensor to measure vital signs from right across a room. Their Digital Care Assistant is paying attention to every room when you can’t be there. This software as a service solution generates the alerts and reports clinicians, carers and custodians need, seamlessly slotted into their existing workflow.
The Digital Care Assistant is helping hundreds of staff in mental health, police, prison care home, acute hospital and home care settings.
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Oxehealth Vital Signs Monitoring Software
In April 2021, it was announced that Oxehealth has claimed FDA approval for software that can be used to remotely measure vital signs like heart and breathing rates from a camera feed.
The Vital Signs unit detects pulse rate by spotting colour changes in the skin – known as ‘micro-blushes’ – that are undetectable with the naked eye. It works the same way as a pulse oximeter, which is widely used in healthcare but must be attached to a patient’s skin.
At the same time, a patient’s breathing rate is calculated by measuring chest and diaphragm movements.
In a clinical trial, the software was found to be accurate to within three beats per minute for pulse rate compared to contact pulse oximeters, and two breaths per minute for estimated breathing rate.