OXFORD, England – Oxehealth, an Oxford University spinoff, has secured European medical device certification for software that enables a digital video camera to remotely detect pulse and breathing rate. The British Standards Institute has accredited Oxehealth’s vital signs measurement software as a Class IIa medical device in Europe. “I am thrilled by the European medical device accreditation, which confirms that our technology can take spot measurements of pulse rate and breathing rate that are as accurate and safe as a device that you clip on the skin,” said Hugh Lloyd-Jukes, CEO of Oxehealth, in a statement. “This will be hugely beneficial to public and private sector organizations that care for elderly and vulnerable people, whose staff cannot be present in every room.” The Oxehealth vital signs measurement software will now be launched as part of the company’s Digital Care Assistant solution, which uses an optical sensor to pay attention to patients when clinicians cannot be with them. The DCA software alerts staff to risky situations, such as a patient getting out of bed or leaving a room, so staff can intervene quickly. The system also generates reports that give teams data on activity.
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