Biospectal Joins CSEM at Swissnex Boston and MIT to Discuss Digital Health Innovation

Biospectal joined a panel hosted by the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) on February 20th in Cambridge, Massachusetts to dialogue about Swiss and American perspectives on Digital Health Innovation. CSEM opened the evening by sharing their most recent innovations in health related technology, including a focus on health sensors and non-invasive approaches to biosensing. Eliott Jones from Biospectal continued to present their non-invasive optical algorithm technology that they’re developing to enable blood pressure monitoring via the fingertip on a smartphone camera.

“It was a really stimulating evening with a lot of discussion from handling of data – how patients will be able to manage their health information  more effectively with new technologies – as well as empowering end users to participate in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions, ” he observed. “The Cambridge and Boston environment is has such vibrant academic energy, and the audience was a great cross-section of medical, public health, business, engineering and many from other backgrounds in the audience. The questions were challenging and insightful, and most of all dealing with some of the realities surrounding the positives but also the risks of digital health, particularly around data management and security.” For more about the Swissnex event, see: https://www.swissnexboston.org/event/innovation-in-digital-health-swiss-and-us-perspectives/

The next night on Thursday, the CSEM and Biospectal team made their way down Massachusetts Ave. to MIT to present again at Venture Cafe, MIT’s meetup and collaboration space for international pitch night. There, they continued the discussion with another bright and diverse group about virtualizing blood pressure cuff into the smartphone. Notably, there was  a focus on the implications of massively scalable distribution of hypertension monitors through existing smartphones – and what that means for global health. “Again, we are excited to share our vision of making hypertension monitoring and management accessible through devices that people already have in their pocket, even in low income settings,” he explained. “Then that data is made actionable by connecting it to the people and resources to help treat the condition and improve quality of life.”

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