16 Mar 2016
Academic showcases award-winning medical equipment at London show
An award-winning piece of medical equipment which can help people with Parkinson’s control their condition is unveiled today at a prestigious technology show.
Dr Stephen Smith, from the University of York’s Department of Electronics, unveiled the LID-Monitor at the Wearable Technology Show at the ExCeL in London (15-16 March).
The monitor can detect involuntary movements – a side effect associated with Parkinson’s disease medication and allows home monitoring of patients over a 24 hour period.
It uses bespoke, biologically-inspired computer algorithms to produce an easy to interpret graph that clinicians can use to prescribe medication.
This year the Wearable Technology Show will put medical technology centre stage with 200 speakers and exhibitors taking part.
Dr Smith said: “After years of development we are now in a position to roll the device out commercially and enable patients to start using the equipment in their own homes.
“We have had really positive feedback from health professionals and medics and I’m really looking forward to showcasing the equipment at the Wearable Technology Show.
“We believe the LID-Monitor will save the NHS considerable money and can transform the lives of people suffering from Parkinson’s.”
Dr Smith collaborated with colleagues from Leeds General Infirmary and Heriot-Watt University to develop the equipment with ClearSky Medical Diagnostics.
The research and development was funded through the Royal Academy of Engineering and Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders at the University of York.
Last year, Dr Smith triumphed in the Medical Devices & Diagnostics category at the eleventh annual Medipex Innovation Awards and Showcase held in Leeds.
The awards are run by Medipex Ltd - the innovation hub for NHS organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber and the East Midlands.