Dream Building: The Road to Digital Health
We’ve benefitted greatly from our collaboration with Innovate UK, and we caught up with them recently to share our story so far on their blog.
As you’ll read below, we’ve made great strides in bringing our dream for Oxehealth alive.
If you think your skills would be a good fit for us, you're keen to develop and you want to make a difference in the world, we'd love to talk to you. You can see our available positions here.
Our dream: hospital grade health monitoring on your smart phone Our founder, Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Chairman of Engineering at Oxford University, had a dream.
What if a doctor in Africa could download an app onto their smart phone that would use the phone's own camera to read human vital signs just as accurately as the wired medical devices in the Intensive Care Unit at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital? How many babies might that save?
Turning digital cameras into medical devices Today, we are working to do just that. Our software algorithms already enable normal digital cameras (say, a 2 megapixel webcam) to report heart rate, breathing rate and human movement as accurately as a wired medical device.
This contact-free vital sign monitoring works from a distance of several metres and in a variety of conditions, even in darkness or when subjects are hiding under bedding.
Focusing on one major market opportunity at a time We were initially researching medical applications and incorporating vital signs into baby monitors. These are still very important to us.
But, right now, we are focused on delivering software to secure rooms (Police, Mental Health Institutions and Prisons), where our software can alert custodians to risks to the health of their detainees or patients.
We pivoted. A SMART grant from Innovate UK funded pioneering work at Broadmoor psychiatric hospital which proved the value of our technology in that setting. The strong proof of concept there has led to a successful trial with a major UK police force, and interest from other mental health trusts, prisons and international buyers.
We continue to broaden and deepen our technology But Oxecam can do more than heart rate and breathing rate. We are also working on blood oxygenation, temperature and other human health indications all medical grade and all from a digital camera. Again, Innovate UK is providing important assistance by part funding our Digital Health in the Connected Hospital project, back at the John Radcliffe in Oxford, where it all started.
Long road but a promising start Saving the life of a child in the developing world using vital signs monitored from a smartphone camera is not yet possible. But, we are now deploying systems across the UK, receiving interest from all over the world and have a strong pipeline of profound innovations which will deliver entirely new medical capabilities in the coming years. So we are optimistic we will be able to deliver on that dream of Vital Care Everywhere.
Come make the dream a reality with us Oxehealth has got off to a flying start, and our revolutionary tech is continuing to break new ground. There's huge demand for truly innovative medical technology like Oxecam. But achieving our dream of hospital grade health monitoring on your smart phone remains a world class challenge.
Working at Oxehealth offers the opportunity to learn from, and share your skills with, a hugely talented team of 16 Research Engineers drawn from the around the world, complemented by a strong commercial team who keep us focused on building solutions that people will buy now.
We continually evolve our ways of working to enable us to keep innovating fast, and encourage our people and their ideas to flourish. We bring together a wide variety of techniques, including Computer Vision, Signal Processing and Machine Learning, and are always on the lookout for talented, like-minded people to join our team.
Do you dream big? Do you love working in a team and developing yourself? Do you feel you have a major technical or commercial contribution to make?
Come join us on our journey.