The road so far

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. Linking this information with our experiences in computer vision, we knew we could improve vital signs monitoring.

In early 2019, Oulu University Hospital opened a challenge 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. We entered and were delighted to win. Since then we have been working in co-creation mode with clinicians and specialists, and running trials in the Oulu University Hospital testbed. We have iterated and tested the user experience in several rounds with clinicians, collecting valuable feedback along the way. Our solution has been in pilot in the Oulu University Hospital Emergency Department since June 2020.

We are working according to a Quality Management System, which has been audited and certified by SGS Fimko Ltd. 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. Read the full announcement on our blog here. We also achieved our CE mark in May 2021 specifically as a class IIa device, enabling Vitacam to be used for the purpose of monitoring vital signs for clinical purposes. Read more here.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, we piloted Vitacam in an assisted living facility in Taivalkoski – a town located between two larger cities Oulu and Kuusamo in Finland. The case study is ready shortly.

Our UK office opened in beautiful Cornwall, and shortly after in November 2021, we were accepted into Propel accelerator hosted by Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, to support our market entry in the UK.

Meet the team

Founded in 2014, NE Device SW has since its beginnings grown into a versatile and diverse group of 18 industry professionals, delivering software for smartphones, sports-watches, health devices, cameras and more.

Moyeen Ahmad

Management

Miikka Kirveskoski

Management

Henri Tikkala

Computer vision

Liisa Anttonen

Application

Timo Huttunen

System integration

Sampo Näyhä

Quality

Mikko Heikura

Testing

Laura Niemi

Brand identity & UX

Esa Rauman

Systems admin

Jere Erkkilä

Cloud

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.