What is it?
The Biomedical Measurement System is a device that can measure and analyze a diversity of vital signs in a medical safe manner. The Maastricht-Programmable AcQuisition system (M-PAQ) and the accompanying Programmable Ambulant Signal AcQuisition platform (PASAQ) are two examples of such devices.
What does it do?
Both systems can simultaneously measure several parameters in, on and around the human body: from temperature, heart rate and brain activity to the intensity of muscle activity. The PASAQ is the size of a cell phone and can follow patient and participant activity on a daily basis. Data from a maximum of sixteen parameters can be read at a distance.
The MPAQ is slightly bigger and is primarily used in laboratory or clinical settings. The difference is in the extremely high quality of the data and the fact that it can simultaneously measure 32 different parameters. Both platforms can be tailored relatively easily to suit the individual needs of the client.
Why do we need it?
Monitoring the chronically ill in their daily lives provides more reliable information than the patient’s self-reports or doctor’s visits alone. This enhances the quality of the treatment and rehabilitation methods. Monitoring the walking pattern of elderly people once a week can reduce fall episodes. MPAQ is currently being used at the Department of Gynaecology in the Maxima Medical Centre in Eindhoven. The MPAQ-based NEMO platform can accurately monitor foetal heart activity via sensors on the mother’s stomach.
What are the advantages?
Foetal heart activity could only be accurately measured via an electrode on the head of the unborn child. All parties involved can now benefit from a non-invasive and risk-free method. Preventing elderly fall incidents not only enhances their quality of life, it also reduces healthcare costs. These are just two examples of the versatility of the measuring platform techniques developed by MI.
Any additional features?
The aforementioned examples were developed in close cooperation with researchers in the field of human movement science, physiology, cardiology and other specialists and users. For MI this is the rule rather than the exception.
What do we think?
“This is the measuring device for lab or field research. As we already possess the basic techniques, we can offer new clients tailored solutions for competitive rates,” says Emile Arnoldussen, director business development.
- Demonstrator for application development
- Research prototype for validation studies
- Technology platform for customer specific / OEM product development
- Commercialization license for medical and health applications