Monash researchers building round the clock blood pressure monitor

Researchers from Monash University are developing a cuffless blood pressure estimation device that can be worn around the clock and send readings over the internet in real time.

While the device is not at commercialisation stage yet, the designers – associate professor of biomedical engineering Mehmet Yuce and PhD student Dilpreet Buxi – are currently considering industrial partnership options to bring it to market.

The device requires a few small sensors to be placed on the body to measure blood pressure rather than a cuff, and offers the advantage of unobtrusive, continuous monitoring, Associate Professor Yuce said.

“Unlike current products, this cuffless blood pressure monitor is intended to be worn all the time, even while sleeping,” he said in a statement. “The goal is to be able to provide monitoring for a continuous 24 hour period, and to be able to send that information to a doctor in real time.”

Once finalised, the device promises to be easy to wear and, with wireless connectivity, will instantaneously communicate blood pressure results over the internet.

The researchers are confident that the device’s real-time communication of health data will improve health management practices and outcomes for patients and doctors.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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