15 Mar 2016 ARCH medics shortlisted for U.S. innovation award
A PRESTIGIOUS innovation awards ceremony is being held in the US today, and two Morriston Hospital doctors - who are also Swansea University lecturers are finalists.
Dr David Williams and Dr John Dingley have been shortlisted in the Wearable Tech category which awarded for new hardware which revolutionises the "convenience, comfort, functionality, efficiency of having device literally "on you"."
The ABMU consultant anaesthetists at Morriston Hospital who also lecture at Swansea University’s Medical School, the pair founded Bay Innovations Ltd, with support from Swansea Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Swansea University, set up to support the commercialisation of University research.
The nominated product, Vivi, is a compact, lightweight and affordable head mounted display that enables anaesthetists, nurses and paramedics to continually monitor patient vital signs and rapidly recognise abnormal changes such as heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels.
The novel fold away product has a display that can be configured to individual requirements using a Smartphone app. It connects to medical equipment via Bluetooth technology, projecting real time patient data into the peripheral vision of a clinician’s eye.
It is the 19th Interactive Innovation Awards and they are held to celebrate the most inspiring, creative innovations in the connected world.
Dr Dingley said: “Anaesthetists carry out a number of procedures having just anaesthetised a patient that require full concentration such as putting in specialist intravenous lines and performing nerve blocks, which sometimes require ultrasound guidance. These activities are distracted by looking away to keep timely checks on a patient’s vital signs.
“Vivi provides an effective solution to this problem, enabling clinicians to visually perceive patient vital signs data within their field of view, improving response time and allowing more attention to be directed towards patients and the surgical field.
"We are very excited to be nominated. Apparently just to make it through to the short list of nominees carries a lot of kudos in design circles - it's a bit like being an Oscar nominee."
Dr Gerry Ronan, Head of Swansea Innovations added: “It’s incredible what John and David have accomplished and it has been a pleasure to support the commercialisation of their growing range of cost effective medical products.”
Professor Keith Lloyd, Dean and Head of the Medical School said: “It is very important for Swansea University Medical School to help unleash the bright ideas and innovation in the NHS.
"We wish them all the best at the awards."
The pair manufactured the first prototypes themselves, before enlisting the design expertise of Method and world-class engineering support from GlobalLogic, to tightly craft every aspect of the product experience from the ground up and with a single, cohesive vision.
Find out more about the product at: www.vivi.vision