Ulster University

Wearable devices to monitor heart disease

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally. 

Professor James McLaughlin from Ulster University is at the forefront of research in the connected health sector and his work focuses on developing technology to enhance patient care and deliver cost efficiencies for the healthcare industry. 

He has co-invented many devices that enable the early detection of potentially life-threatening heart rhythms, most recently the wearable Zensor device - a comfortable and discreet body-worn monitor that intelligentially measures ECG, heart and respiration rate with skin temperature.

Medical data stored on the device is sent via Wi-Fi to the cloud, allowing a clinician to access it on a smartphone, desktop computer, or tablet. Data is also stored in the device and can be downloaded directly via a USB cord.

The device is among the many cutting-edge technologies developed at Ulster University.