The road so far
Born from an innovation challenge and co-creation
In 2018, Oulu University Hospital ran a competition internally for clinical staff to identify unmet clinical needs. Out of hundreds of submissions one, faced by triage nurses in the Emergency Department, stood out. The problem was
obtaining and recording accurate measurements of respiratory rate and being able to ensure the safety of unmonitored attendees in the waiting room.
In early 2019, a challenge was opened to solve this problem. Funded by the European Union as part of the inDemand program, companies were invited to compete to build a Respiratory Rate Monitor using computer vision. Relying on our
previous experience in computer vision at NE Device SW, we entered and were subsequently selected as the winner. Since then we have been working in co-creation mode with clinicians and specialists, running trials in the Oulu University
Hospital testbed. The collaboration culminated in Vitacam being piloted in the Oulu University Hospital Emergency Department since June 2020.
Quality management and getting certified
In the beginning of 2021, SGS Fimko Ltd. audited and certified the Quality Management System for Vitacam, according to the ISO 13485:2016 standard. The certification was granted for design, development, testing, production and distribution of standalone medical software for measuring vital signs. The QMS also incorporates key features from other relevant international standards including ISO 14971, IEC 62304 and IEC 62366. Full announcement on our blog here.
Soon to follow was our CE mark in May 2021 as a class IIa device, enabling Vitacam to be used for the purpose of monitoring vital signs for clinical purposes. Read more
Pilots, trials and further research
In the fourth quarter of 2021, first pilot of a Vitacam mobile application was launched in an assisted living facility in Taivalkoski, Finland. The case showed promise and has been summarized in a study on our website.
In 2022, researchers from the University of Plymouth started a scientific investigation of Vitacam’s performance and accuracy against gold standard measuring devices, and a usability study of the Vitacam smartphone application, with
a group of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients. The results will be published shortly.
Global reach and new opportunities
In late 2021, Vitacam opened its UK office in beautiful Cornwall, and shortly after in November, we were accepted into Propel accelerator hosted by Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, to support Vitacam’s entry
to the UK market.
In the time since, global interest in Vitacam has grown and many new projects are in the works or ongoing. Most recently, in late 2022 and early 2023, Vitacam has teamed up with organizations such as Faizan Global Relief Fund, a leading non-profit, and Sehat Kahani, an innovative telehealth provider, to pilot Vitacam among the underprivileged, hard-to-reach communities of Pakistan.
Meet the team
Founded in 2014, NE Device SW has since its beginnings grown into a versatile and diverse group of industry professionals, delivering software for smartphones, sports-watches, health devices, cameras and more.
Sales, Middle East & Africa
Brand identity & UX
Research & algorithms
Get in touch
We’re always looking to hear from those who share our vision for the future of healthcare. Whether you’re working in a hospital or primary care, an investor looking for an innovative solution to back or another professional of your trade, we welcome you to get in touch.
For Integrated Care Services and Social Care providers wishing to deploy Vitacam in the UK, we are listed on the Spark Dynamic Purchasing System.
We are always looking for partners and are interested in both commercial and non-commercial pilots.
Our solution is ready to deploy immediately, so drop us a message and we can find the perfect customized solution for you.