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Ben-Gurion U and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital researchers develop ICU monitoring technology


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 12th, 2018

BGN Technologies, the tech transfer arm of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have entered into a research partnership to develop a monitoring technology that can predict hemodynamic instability in intensive care patients.

One of the most critical events that occur in an ICU, hemodynamic instability can lead to inadequate arterial blood flow to the organs and potentially organ failure.

The researchers at BGU and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital have created the VitalMiner software to monitor vital signs in real time, using advanced algorithms to predict episodes of hemodynamic instability before the symptoms appear. The technology could be applied in various care settings, such as civilian and military ICUs, emergency rooms, intensive care transports and home intensive care services.

“Earlier prediction of physiological deterioration of patients by using smart monitoring software and machine learning algorithms will save lives and enable better informed resuscitation of the critically ill and injured,” says Victor F. Garcia, a researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and co-developer of VitalMiner.

The collaboration is part of a larger initiative led by the hospital and BGU to launch joint research projects that address the lack of medical devices designed specifically for children. Since 2012, over 200 projects have been reviewed, and seven have received funding of up to $100,000.

Netta Cohen, CEO of BGN Technologies, comments on VitalMiner: “This is an excellent example of the kind of potentially life-saving inventions that emerged from our partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We are certain that this important invention will not only help save lives, but also shorten the length of ICU stay, thus lowering hospitalization costs. BGN is currently looking for a partner for further development and commercialization of this system.”

Source: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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