A wearable health monitoring device prototype

A wearable health monitoring device prototype

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Nearly 3 million infants die in their first month of life every year, and 98% of these deaths occur in the developing world. In August 2016, Neopenda, a healthtech startup, contacted Ciklum with an idea to produce an innovative healthcare solution to support newborns in low-resource environments around the world. The idea was to develop a simple, low-power wearable device that measures, tracks, and displays four important vital signs for critically-ill newborn babies: heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen saturation, temperature.

Ciklum R&D Engineering team offered pioneering biomedical IoT development and digital signal processing expertise.

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    90% development cost-reduction compared to other market analogs
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    Over $600k US raised in funding with a prototype
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    The device passed requisite safety testing for clinical trial use, and is beginning the process of preparing for CE Marking
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    Every Neopenda device has the potential to save the life of a newborn for less than $1 once large scale production begins.
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Ciklum R&D Engineering team developed a simple, and low-power wearable device that tracks, and displays 4 vital signs for newborns in distress. The team encountered two main challenges:

  • 3 months for the development of a fully functioning PoC from scratch
  • Combining R&D of algorithms, with traditional software and firmware development for embedded systems.

Short development iterations allowed Neopenda to give immediate feedback and to invest in the most relevant product features:

  • Architecture design
  • Hardware design
  • Firmware
  • Signal processing
  • Cloud service
  • Web application
  • QA/Testing
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We sought to streamline our process and lower cost without compromising quality. And that’s exactly what partnership with Ciklum provided
Teresa Cauvel
Co-Founder & CTO
Outstanding IoT Project Award 2018

A medical IoT device for Neopenda has won the Outstanding IoT Project Award at The 2018 Computing’s Big Data Excellence Awards.

Result and Future Plans

The initial project duration was 1,500 hours across 3 months. Neopenda obtained a prototype ready for clinical trials, further improvement, and development with a 90% cost-reduction compared to other market analogs.

Since the production of the version 1 prototype, Neopenda and Ciklum have worked on testing and refining the system. Neopenda has passed requisite safety testing for clinical trial use, and is beginning the process of preparing for CE Marking. Ciklum R&D team follows these regulations to ensure the device prototype will be completely safe for newborns: it already uses a Bluetooth Low Energy transmitter that is FCC-approved and complies with all safety recommendations.

Our strategic aim as a technology partner was to help Neopenda in its lofty ambitions: to develop a device that helps save newborn lives.
Anton Popov
PhD, AI/DL Technical Lead, Ciklum
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