Lifelight will be available soon. During 2018 the technology is going through trials to gain CE marking to be used as a medical device.
If you’d like to know more or to get involved in the development please make contact with us at facebook.com/lifelight.page
Xim was proudly invited to demonstrate Lifelight® at Downing as part of this year's London TechWeek. This must have made quite an impression, because the following week, we were the only technology company to be mentioned by the Prime Minister in her NHS at 70 speech given at the Royal Free Hospital!
“Just last week, I hosted over 180 tech entrepreneurs and investors in Downing Street to celebrate London Tech Week. It was fantastic to see some of our leading artificial intelligence technology in action. This included a programme called Xim’s Lifelight, which is trialling the use of a webcam to detect early warning of health problems.”
PM speech on the NHS: 18 June 2018 - GOV.UK
1. Lifelight software can detect the colour change on skin each time a heart beats using the camera in a digital device as a sensor.
2. Our algorithm can quickly measure the key vital signs medical professionals need to assess health – pulse, respiration, blood pressure and blood oxygen – in a fraction of the time it takes with current techniques.
3. Lifelight requires no special equipment, no training and no unnecessary surgery visits – just software on standard digital devices.
4. The measurements will transfer to digital health records and become the basis for early warnings of critical health events.
5. This enables low cost health monitoring anywhere and transforms care pathways as well as user's quality of life – patients and clinicians!
Lifelight® has been in development for five years and has an expert team behind it, over 20 strong. Partners include two hospitals, three universities, eleven GP practices, AHSNs, STPs, clinical, physiological and machine learning advisors plus partners in four countries.
Lifelight® is a game changer in many ways. It will reduce the cost and hassle of high-value vital sign monitoring so that it is accessible to anyone, both when acute conditions need to be monitored and increasingly within a preventative framework. Both scenarios will relieve pressure on carers and healthcare system alike. More importantly it will increase the security and wellbeing of individual users.
Already health systems are straining as they continue to fix people when they’ve gone wrong – which happens more as we age – but more of us are living longer, so this has to change. We need more effective triage at the primary care stage. We need to avoid unplanned admissions and emergency readmissions for acute / secondary care and above all we need to move a population towards self-care and put early warning into the community.
With an ageing population living with multiple long-term conditions, pressure is increasing on health and social care, carers and family. Conditions need to be diagnosed earlier and care needs to be delivered closer to home. We need more effective triage at the primary care stage. We need to avoid unplanned admissions and emergency readmissions for acute / secondary care and above all we need to move a population towards self-care and put early warning into the community. Lifelight® enables care at home (where patients fare better) with up to 24 hour monitoring. This can utilise existing digital devices such as smart phones and tablets (and potentially run on smart TV). An additional layer of features such as video consultations with on-screen vitals, medication monitoring and alerts can be added.
At the core of our development in 2018 is a radically new solution for delivering transformational improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of GP services by automatically, passively and contactlessly measuring heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and oxygen saturation with no requirements except for the patient to remain in the line of sight of a tablet or smartphone camera for at least 30 seconds. It will initially be developed to optimise the patient surgery visit by enabling automatic vital signs measurement in the check-in, waiting room and consultation areas, significantly freeing up clinician time yet better identifying critical patients and unknown health conditions.
A number of hardware contact-based devices exist to record vital signs: ECG monitors, telehealth devices, wearable fitness devices etc, but the use of non-contact methods, visual or infrared, is still emerging. The ability to provide early warning has so far been limited to hospital ward-based manual collection of observations with subsequent analysis or by high- cost Intensive-Care Unit (ICU) based equipment. Our key innovation is low-cost, convenient, real-time, large- scale monitoring of vital signs and behaviour in a way that can alert users and carers if a user's condition could be worsening. This will allow users who are rarely monitored or not monitored at all to be constantly checked for signs of deterioration.
Lifelight® provides the foundation for more engagement to help users transition from passive sufferers to being fully engaged in their care pathway – and ultimately encourage people to take action to avoid illness altogether. Our digital platform provides the basis for more interactive treatment. We can tailor user experience to match individual learning preferences, motivational models and behavioural change preferences to encourage more healthy habits taking a user-led, co-production approach and developing AI and machine learning processes to make the interaction personal.
Health systems are straining as they continue to fix people when they’ve gone wrong which happens more as we age – but worldwide more of us are living longer so change is imperative. Use and ubiquity of digital devices has long-since reached a tipping point amongst the population but even for those outliers, low-cost tablets could be provided where more expensive telehealth equipment is currently. Lifelight® offers the potential to revolutionise remote healthcare, especially in rural and developing countries.
Lifelight is supported by SBRI Healthcare an NHS England initiative, led by the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs)
Xim is a digital innovation business specialising in advanced user interfaces and eHealth. Our work includes software development, user-centered design, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Clients include UK NHS, not-for-profit; technology, media and communications organizations across Europe, with an early stage presence in the USA. We are passionate about innovation and have been engaged in EU research and innovation projects since 2001.