Sunday, August 17, 2008

JHU/APL Developing Medical Devices

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has been working on different medical devices. The devices include a telehealth system to use for home monitoring, an internet-based device to screen heart and lung ailments, an electronic triage system to be used by emergency medical response teams, and a device to enable communication via an optical link through the skin.

The project “TeleWatch Patient Monitoring System” was developed to do home monitoring and disease management for high risk outpatients suffering from congestive heart failure. The Home Link system provides for communication and recording of patient’s data.

A U.S. patent (7056289) was issued and JHU/APL is seeking a licensee for the technology. For more information, contact Dr. T.A. Collella, (443) 778-3782. Reference number PO1598.

Another project to help treat heart and lung ailments called the “Cardiac Auscultatory Recording Database” (CARD) available via the internet provides for a database containing patient demographics, relevant health information, physical exam results, ECG traces, echocardiograph diagnoses, and auscultatory findings obtained with a traditional stethoscope. The data is all linked together with digitized recordings of patient data and includes recordings from five standard auscultatory areas.

The initial prototype device provides two acoustic channels and one ECG channel which can be stored, digitized, and processed on a laptop computer. CARD collected digitized heart sound recording from patients at the Pediatric Cardiology Echocardiography Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center and contains over 2500 individual recordings from over 350 patients.

This device is exclusively licensed to Zargis Medical with a U.S. patent issued and international patents pending. For more information, contact T.A. Collella at (443) 778-3782. Reference number is PO1720.

The researchers working on the project “Wireless Wearable Electronic Tags for Patient Triage” have developed an electronic triage system to provide collaborative and time critical patient care in multiple levels of the medical response community. Electronic triage tags or e-tags were developed with the ability to track vital signs and locations and are able to support mobile stations available at mass casualty sites. Web portals and handheld devices can provide real-time information to emergency response teams, incident Command Posts, and Public Health Departments.

JHU/APL is seeking an exclusive licensee and development partner for this technology. If interested, contact H.L. Curran (443) 778-7262. Reference number PO2272.

The research project “Transdermal Optical Communication System” has developed a medical device to provide telemedicine and provide for wireless diagnostics. Researchers have developed a method to communicate with such devices implanted in the human body and came up with a way to communicate via an optical link through the skin. The researchers developed an information modulated two-way optical link that stays inactivated until activated by a “wake-up” transmission to the data exchange circuitry. Specific data is then transmitted to and from the implanted device.

This device is available for licensing opportunities. If interested, contact H.L. Curran (443) 778-7282. Reference number is PO1649.