Oxehealth has been selected to receive the prestigious Colin Campbell Mitchell Award, presented by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The award honours Oxehealth’s development of innovative, non-contact health monitoring technology, which can observe a patient’s vital signs using only a standard digital video camera.
The team used a combination of computer vision, signal processing, and machine learning, granting them fourteen patents for the technology. Oxehealth’s software supports clinicians, carers and custodians to provide improved detainee or patient care and risk management in police custody, mental health and home care settings. It also has applications in prison, rehabilitation, step down and long-term nursing settings.
The technology tracks the micro-movements of the patient without using contact sensors or invasive wires. The data, collected from the patient’s heart rate and breathing rate, is processed using an off-the-shelf video camera. This device is equipped with infra-red illumination, enabling it to work equally well in darkness.
Oxehealth’s Research Lead Oliver Gibson said, “This award is a tremendous honour for the whole Oxehealth team. We are all immensely proud to have developed this technology from early prototypes to products which meet crucial real-world needs. It’s very exciting to see our solutions starting to help clinicians and carers. We’ve designed these tools to support the care of some of the most vulnerable patients in the healthcare system in settings ranging from mental health to general hospitals, home care and police & prison custody.”
Accepting the award on behalf of the team, Dr. Gibson, Dr. Jones and Mr. Dunkley will be presented with the award at the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Research Forum on 4th September.