An innovative healthtech device that won Rewired Pitchfest 2020 has officially been launched.
Celsium is a temperature gauging device that connects to an app via Bluetooth to continually monitor a patient’s temperature.
The device is placed in a patient’s armpit and is capable of providing a temperature measurement every four seconds. Unlike a traditional thermometer, is entirely non-invasive.
It claims to give temperature readings accurate to 0.2 degrees, which can prove vital in spotting patient deterioration.
Andy Mahoney, founder and chief executive of Celsium, said: “When I scratched the surface, I was amazed to find that measuring temperature is still largely based on the first thermometer, invented over 300 years ago. To say the temperature monitoring was due for re-invention is somewhat of an understatement, especially when you consider how important body temperature is indicatory of our health.
“Celsium is simple, constant and accurate. It’s useful for individuals and families as it allows you to monitor body temperature accurately in real-time, from your smartphone, and it’s non-invasive.”
A temperature change is an early warning sign for a number of deadly diseases, including sepsis.
Across an eight-hour period in hospital many patients might only have their temperature taken a handful of times, but Celsium will measure a patient’s core temperature 7,200 times in the same period, the company claimed.
“Temperature is central to the way our bodies function, it’s such an important signal. With the right solution, I firmly believe temperature will facilitate earlier and more accurate diagnosis in the future,” Mahoney added.
“We want to make it easier for people to understand their temperature, raising the bar for temperature as a diagnostic tool and explore new areas of temperature science not previously researched.
“The potential for temperature to provide early insight to illness and disease is huge. Until now we haven’t had the technology to investigate this. Celsium will unlock this ‘hidden science’ in so doing creating what we believe will be never before seen early warning signals to health problems developing.”
As the winner of Rewired Pitchfest 2020 Celsium was offered the opportunity to have their innovation tested and scaled at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust through the CW Innovation Programme – a collaboration between the trust and its charity CW+.
Celsium beat a total of 90 entrants to take the top honours at Pitchfest, which was sponsored by SoftJump.
You can read more about the product on its Digital Health Rewired profile here.
Applications are for the 2021 edition of Pitchfest are now open.
Entrants should be start-ups or registered businesses that have been established for less than three years. And health and social care services, medical devices, consumer health and wellbeing or life sciences must be their primary focus of activity.