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Eimo: Instant vital sign monitor which anyone can use.

A simple device for use by anyone to take accurate vital sign readings in seconds and display them on any mobile device.

Eimo: Instant vital sign monitor which anyone can use.

A simple device for use by anyone to take accurate vital sign readings in seconds and display them on any mobile device.

£2,001
pledged of £145,000pledged of £145,000 goal
12
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, August 13 2014 11:49 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 13, 2014

About

The objective

Our objective is to deliver serious and useful technology to the people who need it most at a price they can afford. Following three years of research and development we are now at the stage of commercialising just such a device. Make no mistake, Eimo is not a gadget or a gizmo or a get rich quick scheme, it is a medical device that will be approved as such. Eimo, as you saw from the video, is an instant vital-sign monitor that anyone can use to conveniently track their own long term conditions. This is just the beginning. We have further research in the pipeline to extend Eimo's capability even further.

What does Eimo do?

Eimo has a total of six sensors and wirelessly sends your readings to any mobile device that has BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy).

It can also be plugged in to a computer to display the readings for storing and uploading to doctors, carers etc. These readings are core body temperature, full ECG trace, oxygen levels, pulse and blood pressure. The whole process takes less than two minutes. Eimo has been designed so that anyone can use it, anywhere, any time and as often as they want. Anyone can be taught how to use Eimo to get good readings in under 2 minutes as seen in the video below.

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'Funny turns' often experienced by the elderly and infirm are one of the most difficult problems to diagnose, doctors say. With an Eimo handy if you feel a 'funny turn' coming on, use Eimo. The doctor will then have all the data he needs to assist with diagnosis.

Why?

More and more people are living with long term conditions such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, neurological conditions which severely impact on their quality of life and that of their carer and family. Poorly managed conditions can result in an increased number in patient stays in hospital, extra complications and premature death. To accommodate these challenges any 21st century health and social care service will have to make greater use of technology and make increasing use of people's capacity to care for themselves whilst offering them appropriate monitoring and support.

Mounting pressure on the doctors and the NHS means that the existing method of managing patients with long-term conditions is no longer financially viable. In the long term, this means that the people that suffer most will be the patients.

Why Kickstarter?

Developing hi-tech solutions is prohibitively expensive but with a little help from the Technology Strategy Board we did it. We have had corporate check books waved in our direction but that's not what we're here for. Corporates don't care, we do. This is a people thing, a me and you thing. We have to provide tools to help the elderly and infirm and people with long term conditions to help themselves. We are now at the 'Valley of Death' which is the ravine we need to cross to deliver Eimo to the public. Your pledge will enable iMonSys to produce the first 1000 units which will enable us to break the price barrier. Every penny we spent to date has been carefully allocated to deliver the best price points per pound. 

The history of Eimo

Eimo development history
Eimo development history

One of the major rewards will be a complete history of the evolution of Eimo from the very first discussion in May 2010 which will be in book form. Every single model shown above has its own story in the development.

Our first readings

From Eimo 7 (from the picture above) December 2012.

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These are the first readings we took from Eimo. They weren't by any means perfect but we knew we were on to something good.

The team

A picture of part of the team. L-R Peng, Graham, Robert and Billy. Apologies from members of the team not present
A picture of part of the team. L-R Peng, Graham, Robert and Billy. Apologies from members of the team not present

Graham Priestley - Managing Director. The visionary creator of Eimo. The creative driving force behind iMonSys. "We don't have problems, just challenges".

Professor Ping Jiang - Technical Leader. A renowned computer scientist and roboticist from the University of Hull.

Dr Yongqiang Cheng - Stand-in for Professor Ping due to illness. Works at the University of Hull alongside Professor Ping.

Robert Munnoch - Lead Researcher. One of the University of Hull's finest with a massive thirst for research. A self confessed authority on ECG waves.

Ashley Munnoch - Graphic Designer. A volunteer to the team who has created some brilliant artwork for the product, including the packaging and the icons for the functions of Eimo.

Peng Zhu - PCB Designer and Programmer. Hand picked by Professor Ping. Peng is an exchange student from China who has mastered the way of the steady hand.

Billy Atkinson - Research Assistant. Supports Graham in all his IT needs. Medical Device Directive expert extraordinaire.

Developers

We want to ensure developers can benefit from the heavy investment in the R&D by iMonSys and therefore we are happy to establish developers licenses for app developers to include vital sign monitoring as part of their application. We have included a module interface for third party products such as a blood sugar monitor, thereby making Eimo a comprehensive home diagnostic device. Developers with a view to add additional functionality to Eimo are free to have a chat with us. Please see the website for details.

Cost breakdown

There are two versions of Eimo, the home use version, which will retail at £300 and the medical version which will retail at £600. 

The home use version has been specifically designed to give the user the readings they want in a clear, concise manner, showing their ECG trace as a graph and blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation and core body temperature as a number.

The phone interface
The phone interface

The medical version features a much more comprehensive output. There will everything that the home version has as well as displaying real-time graphs for oxygen saturation and heart rate. Alongside this, the medical professional will be able to link the device's output to a patient records on a system such as EMIS, saving a great deal of time.

The money we gather from Kickstarter will be spent on two phases.

Phase 1

Phase 1 is the manufacture of the first 10 units for field trials and medical authentication.

We have completed the required research, and produced academic papers on Eimo (not published yet. In order to preserve the IP). We will then press ahead with field trials, which are necessary to collect the data required to verify Eimo's accuracy. The data will be collected simultaneously through Eimo and through tried and true medical devices. This is also part of the CE marking for a medical device and is required if we are to sell a suitably accurate medical device. Another part of the CE marking is that the device needs to be manufactured to a certain standard. Tioga, a UK based company will manufacture the PCB. The whole process involves considerable audit-able documentation and could take six months to complete. We are also required to set up a user feedback loop to ensure continued compliance we medical directives and this is where you come in. We have estimated the costs of this stage to be between £40k - £50k.

Phase 2

The second phase is the manufacture of 100 units. Any of the first 100 that are not perfect will be replaced at this stage free of charge.

This involves laying down the injection moulding tools, refining assembly, artwork, boxing, shipping and advertising in medical journals and publications. These are for our first pledges and we ask that you get involved and allow iMonSys to use your readings from Eimo to be used for MEDICAL ANALYSIS ONLY. In other words, would you please send your (anonymous) readings once a week to our database? Aside from the raw data that Eimo gathers, only your height, age, gender and weight is required for this analysis. This will form part of an analysis engine we are developing, so that in future our researchers will be able to develop predictive software, to identify changes quickly, because early intervention is a life saver. We estimate the cost of this process will be around the £70k mark. The analysis engine is a long term plan.

Only £15k is added for the pledge rewards. This is for book publishing, hand engraving and polo shirts.

Any money raised above the goal will be spent on the manufacture of further units (either 100 or 1000).

FAQ

Q. Why should I buy Eimo?

A. If you use any or all of these instruments then you can use Eimo to do the same job faster and at a lower cost.

Eimo vs the current solutions
Eimo vs the current solutions

Q. Can anyone use Eimo?

A. Yes, that's the idea.

Q. Will it work on my iPad?

A. Yes, Eimo works on any mobile platform.

Q. Can I use Eimo without the use of a mobile phone?

A. Yes, you can use Eimo without a mobile phone but thats no fun. Check the website for a full explanation of why we use a mobile device.

Q. How do you know if the readings taken are good?

A. We are currently working on a system whereby the device can tell you if the readings are good or not. If they are good then the LED will be lit green.

Q. How often can I take my readings with Eimo?

A. You can take your readings as often as you like, and then hand Eimo to a doctor who can see the history of your readings.

Q. Is it medically approved?

A. Not yet, this is a 6-12 month process requiring extensive testing and verification. We will keep you up to date via the blog on our website.

Q. How accurate is the BP readings compared to a conventional BP cuff.

A. Once the device has been calibrated it will be accurate to within 3mmHg.

Rewards

Timelines and dates are estimated and may vary with the level of support we receive. The dispatch of Eimo is dependant on obtaining the CE mark. We will endeavour to do everything we possibly can to shorten the delivery time of Eimo. We will keep everyone posted on developments as they occur.

Risks and challenges

The development of Eimo has taken many years, as can be seen from the history timeline, but we are still not satisfied. The ECG readings are awesome and accurate, the Oxygen and temperature readings are perfect and will stand any level of scrutiny, but.... and here comes the boring technical bit.

Your doctor always refers to blood pressure as Systolic and Diastolic. Both of these readings are needed to diagnose things such as Hypertension and a host of other conditions.

Eimo does a superb mathematical estimate of the blood pressure calculated from a combination of the ECG readings, the PPG sensors, pulse pressure (????? what is pulse pressure?) and a couple of other factors we don't need to mention. We are happy with the calculation of blood pressure, the problem we now need to solve is 'calibration'.

Doctors use a mercury sphygmomanometer which compares the blood pressure to atmospheric pressure to develop the systolic and diastolic measurements.

We believe we can emulate this by 'teaching' Eimo where to start. Unfortunately, the only useful BP database available in the UK doesn't have enough accurate and validated data (see reference to MIMIC) and this is where you come in.

When you receive your Eimo we hope you will volunteer to send your readings to us so that we can build the proper and accurate database we need to calibrate Eimo.

This is how it works. If you want us to use your readings you will need to download the software required from the website and give yourself a crazy username like Quasimodo or something to hide your ID. This is serious, we know all your friends will want to see their readings as well. So you are number 1 Quasimodo and let anyone else be 2, 3, 4, 5 etc. This is really important. Your data will be useless if it is mixed up with anyone else's. You can do this for as long and as often as you like. We will be collating the data and developing the calibration software, which will take up to 6 months depending on how many good readings we collect. When we have developed the calibration algorithms to our satisfaction we will announce an upgrade on the website.

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    Get one of the first home use and medical use Eimo's, alongside the printed book "The history and evolution of Eimo". Both Eimo's are the limited edition versions and will be engraved. You also get an embroidered iMonSys polo shirt.

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