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The iCardio is a portable electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor which has been developed by Dr Li Guo, a lecturer in Computing at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

UCLan computing lecturer launches iCardio monitor

A unique device designed to improve the monitoring of heart conditions has been launched by a Lancashire-based academic.

The iCardio is a portable electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor which has been developed by Dr Li Guo, a lecturer in Computing at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The product combines the functions of a heart rate monitor and an ECG machine, allowing users to check their pulse as well as obtain a detailed analysis of their heart’s rhythm and electrical activity.

After securing funding worth £30,000 from UCLan’s Innovation Fund, Dr Guo was supported by the University’s Intellectual Property and Commercialisation team in developing the product from initial concept through to the manufacturing of the first batch of devices, which are now ready for clinical feedback.

 

The iCardio device was developed to help understand people’s behaviours and lifestyles better. Most importantly, the device allows for the tracking and discovery of any unusual patterns which could lead to potential health issues.

The device is compact and portable, making it suitable for use during exercise, and compatible with smartphones so users can easily access and share their data to gain a more comprehensive understanding of their heart health.

Dr Li Guo said: “Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death worldwide. Figures from the British Heart Foundation show that in 2013, more than 300 million prescriptions were dispensed for related conditions, with treatment costing the NHS £6.8billion.

“The iCardio device was developed to help understand people’s behaviours and lifestyles better. Most importantly, the device allows for the tracking and discovery of any unusual patterns which could lead to potential health issues, to raise early warnings to healthcare providers.

“Thanks to the great support from the team at UCLan, we have finally managed to take the idea from concept into a real product.”


Dr Li Guo with the portable electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor

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Pete Leather of the Intellectual Property and Commercialisation team at UCLan, said: “As well as supporting UCLan’s academics, the Intellectual Property and Commercialisation team helps businesses achieve commercial success through the delivery of a range of projects and initiatives, including the Innovation Clinic and Idea Investment Voucher scheme.

“Idea Investment Vouchers are available to organisations across the UK to provide access to breakthrough research and specialist facilities to facilitate factors including innovation, growth and intellectual property protection, as well as product development and tailored, expert access to equity investment planning for Lancashire SMEs.”

For more information on the iCardio device or the services of the Intellectual Property and Commercialisation team, contact Peter Leather on 01772 895883 or email: Pleather1@uclan.ac.uk.

Press Office | 19 October 2016