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IECG - miniaturized ECG for remote medical monitoring

Grant number: 14/22773-4
Support type:Research Grants - Innovative Research in Small Business - PIPE
Duration: December 01, 2015 - November 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Principal Investigator:Roberto Castro Júnior
Grantee:Roberto Castro Júnior
Company:Ventrix Holding S/A
City: Cotia

Abstract

Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) representing 300.000 fatalities per year, only in Brazil, according to the World Health Organization. Such diseases are responsible for approximately 40% of the deaths being that 45% of all heart attacks occur below 65 years old, usually at the professional, intellectual peak and family productivity. A large number of these deaths can be prevented by the quick action of the conduct of care. According to the World Health Organization, an individual takes on average 6 to 8 hours for seek medical assistance after the moment of the first symptoms. For CVD, this time is too long and is the reason for the high rate of deaths. Patient education is the first step to reduce denial and errors in interpretation of symptoms. A common situation is people confuse the early symptoms of a heart attack, for example, with an upset stomach or common malaise that last for a few hours, but the it effects are not significant enough for him to seek expert help.Usualmente people seek help only when symptoms worsen, evolving into a severe chest pain or numbness in the arm, and unfortunately two thirds of sudden deaths occur before reaching the hospital. The ECG (electrocardiogram) is a picture of the heart health of the individual. Thus, even from a distance, the doctor can "see" changes, taking behaviors ranging from simple directions to a doctor's appointment up to the action of a rescue operation.Thus, the goal of IECG is to develop a device that can perform the ECG and transmit it to a Central Health Care so that, in addition to guiding the patient and trigger the rescue, also can send the ECG to the hospital before the patient arrives. The challenge is to find solutions to make the iECG device, and its operation, simple enough to layman's use, without need for cables, gel, trichotomy. A same time, the iECG must be complete enough that a healthcare professional can obtain, all the necessary data and also maintain communication with the Central Health Care.The iECG equipment must be able to connect to the Central Medical Service in various ways, all wireless. For this, you need to perform 7 steps, that are the following: 1 - Develop an acquisition module electrocardiographic signs; 2 - Develop Mobile Application; 3 - Develop Application for analisies and report; 4 - Promote the integration of the system composed of the Acquisition Module and applications involved; 5 - Clinical Rating System developed by the Project; 6 - Pre-production, Pilot Lot, for Validation of the Production Process for Obtaining Certification and Registration and Product; 7 - Certify and Register the Product. The main impacts expected with the product are the following: development of an innovative system, for use at telemedicine technology integration for doctors, aligned with global technological development, reduction of death from cardiovascular accidents and provide improved quality of life heart and healthy people. (AU)