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Ulster University researchers are responding urgently to this challenge, developing innovative, wearable heart failure devices, in order to reduce the number of strokes and prevent hospital readmissions, improving lives and reducing pressure on hospital resources. They are also addressing the need for enhanced remote monitoring, a need that has now been well highlighted during a pandemic.
Professor Jim McLaughlin, OBE (in the video), is Director of Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre at Ulster University. He was named as one of the Nation’s lifesavers – the top 100 individuals or groups based in universities whose work is saving lives and making a difference to our health and wellbeing. He has a track record of his work leading to both economic and healthcare impact that actually has made a difference locally and internationally.
One key device in development is a stick-on patch which can measure ECG and other key readings. The patch will transmit data to allow remote monitoring, avoiding a hospital visit or home visit by a clinician, alleviating the growing pressure on hospitals and medical staff and in turn leaving more resource for other patients.
All donations towards this research will help us develop a new piece of technology to tackle the major challenge of heart disease. With life-spans continuing to grow, it’s more important than ever that we reduce hospital stays, which our technology will do.
During these uncertain times globally, Professor McLaughlin and his team of researchers have been using their expertise to develop a forecasting model for testing capacity in Northern Ireland at the request of the governments Modelling Task Force as well as helping to develop and validate an antibody test that can be manufactured at scale. This will feed into the overall strategy for lifting lockdown.
Thank you and stay safe.