STARKVILLE, Miss. — Camgian Microsystems Corporation and Vanderbilt University’s School of Engineering and School of Medicine have collaborated through the engineering school’s senior design program to prototype a new smart wheelchair system for monitoring the health of postoperative patients. In addition to in-patient care, the portable system could also allow outpatients to provide their vital signs and other key wellness metrics to their healthcare professionals in real-time from the comfort of their home.
Camgian’s new Egburt platform was utilized by a senior design team to quickly retrofit a wheelchair to monitor patient blood pressure, oxygen saturation, pulse and temperature. Egburt was selected for its ability to run on battery power and to provide a more complete picture of the patient’s health by combining data from a wide variety of sensors. Systems that are portable, simple and cost-effective will better enable a broader group of physicians, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists to provide more frequent service to their patients from remote locations.
This multi-year collaboration between Camgian and Vanderbilt provides top students with real-world experience using state-of-the-art Internet of Things technology. “We are tremendously pleased with the accomplishments of this year’s team,” says Ravi Raju, General Manager for Commercial Programs and Chief Marketing Officer for Camgian Microsystems. “They successfully demonstrated how quickly numerous healthcare sensors could be integrated into the Egburt platform. Our ability to provide better intelligence by analyzing more granular data from multiple sources will be critical in helping improve people’s lives through a variety of innovative applications.”
The senior design program provides Vanderbilt students with experience working on real-world projects that involve design constraints, budgets, reviews and deadlines. The Camgian-sponsored team was able to learn about the principles of design, professionalism, entrepreneurship and the day-to-day implications of intellectual property.