High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a highly prevalent chronic disease that affects a third of the Australian adult population. While treatments exist, achieving good blood pressure control is universally poor.
Blood pressure fluctuates by time of day, day of week and month of year. The most common currently used devices only measure blood pressure at a single point in time, require users to instigate the measure and don't measure blood pressure at night. Current ambulatory blood pressure monitoring devices often interrupt sleep and are only worn for 24 hours.
We need a better measurement device to assess what a person’s average blood pressure is over much longer periods of time. Accuracy at any single point in time is not as important as gaining a meaningful profile of day and night blood pressure over weeks and months. Such a device could provide clinicians with a clearer picture of patient blood pressure control and improve assessment and monitoring of treatment.
The Westmead Applied Research Centre (WARC) is a recently established multidisciplinary centre of the University that is committed to applying innovative research to solve real world health problems.
The centre is mounting the blood pressure wearable device challenge in 2 phases:
Winners will be awarded the following prizes:
To be announced in 2019. Entrants will provide devices for an independent validation study, testing long-term measurements against home blood pressure and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.
Entrants will have the benefits of free, independent clinical evaluation services valued at over $100,000.
Register your interest in the challenge by Friday 10 August 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expressions of interest should include:
Entry is open to persons who are:
The submission will be based on the prospect that the final device will be able to:
10 August 2018: Deadline to register for the challenge
1 November 2018: Deadline for detailed design submission (if applicable)
15 December 2018: Winners announced
View the full terms and conditions of the competition.