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Governor presents UH researcher with grant for cardiac device
Date:10/8/2010

HOUSTON, Oct. 7, 2010 As more and more medical care is provided in the home, health specialists say it is critical for people to be able to monitor themselves and make informed judgments about their health. A group of researchers in the Abramson Center for the Future of Health at the University of Houston (UH) received a $250,000 pre-seed grant from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) for a system that assesses cardiac function in the home and alerts the user to the need for intervention. Upon reaching specific milestones with the project, the researchers will receive the remaining $750,000 of the $1 million grant.

At the core of the system is a novel, patent-pending device called Blue Scale. It is very simple in its design and wirelessly sends key readings of cardiac output data and other related statistics on a patient's condition to company servers that then use proprietary predictive analytics to warn physicians. By alerting doctors in a targeted manner to important changes in patient status that can be managed more immediately on an ongoing basis, medical professionals will be better able to manage care in a realistic everyday environment the patient's home and anticipate deadly heart failure emergencies, ultimately reducing the likelihood of hospitalization.

Dr. Cliff Dacso, a professor in UH's College of Technology and executive director of the Abramson Center, leads the research and is working through Blue Box Health Inc. to commercialize the device. In addition to a number of colleagues at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI), Dacso is working with Nithin Rajan from UH's Bauer College of Business and Luca Pollonini from the department of engineering technology, also in the College of Technology. The Abramson Center is a collaboration between TMHRI and UH.

The Blue Scale, which looks like a souped-up bathroom scale, was invented for the non-invasive, continuous monitoring of chronic conditions in th
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Contact: Lisa Merkl
lkmerkl@uh.edu
713-743-8192
University of Houston
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