TECHNOLOGY:  

Enhanced stethoscope device for measurement of physiology in remote settings

AFFILIATION:   California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Track: Medical & Biotech
Area: Emergency/Disaster Relief
Tech Readiness: TRL 2

Tech Brief: We have invented an enhanced stethoscope that is capable of rapidly assessing the five most critical vital signs for patient diagnosis and triage. Our device form-factor allows for enhanced patient assessment in remote and resource-constrained settings (e.g. battlefield, disaster relief shelters, remote outposts).

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Our device is a tool that can be used to rapidly and reliably diagnose patients and war-fighters in theater, with no external equipment required other than the stethoscope itself. Our device allows rapid, automated, operator-agnostic collection of physiometric information. This allows operators with minimal medical training to aid in the diagnosis and reporting of vital signs. Furthermore, the two-way network connectivity of our per Our unique approaches to hardware design and algorithmic interrogation allow us to capitalize on the benefits of pulse oximeters and ultrasounds at the cost of a traditional mechanical stethoscope. This makes our device capable of providing a lower-cost alternative to remote medicine diagnosis, which will translate to a lower cost of medical burden to the government, and more importantly a higher survival rate for patients.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Org Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Website: http://www.caltech.edu