Benecure

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 - $17,500

Every twenty seconds, an American suffers from a cardiac event; every sixty seconds, an American dies because of one. Heart attacks are the number one cause of death in developed countries, greater than all cancer deaths combined. Remote patient monitoring could help address the issue, but the market is stagnant, focused only on retirees. The two most popular solutions either work only in the home or are very simplistic and provide a false sense of security.

The Benecure E-Team is developing I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency), a non-invasive monitoring device (hardware and software) that alerts emergency services in the event of a major cardiac episode. The device constantly monitors the user’s heart parameters, and if the individualized parameter values are breached, the algorithm triggers the device to automatically contact 911 and family and friends. The device is unobtrusive and rests under the patient’s arm.