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Name: Sayyed Ourmazd Mohseni
Name: Wesley Groves
Name: Miguel Almanza Lopez
Name: Abdulmonem
Name: Michael Zou
Name: Your name


Health Care Issue

The healthcare issue that is being targeted is asthma primarily in children and adolescents, however the device will also be available for adults with severe symptoms. The intention is to create a device that senses breathing patterns/sounds while simultaneously comparing this information with the patient’s cardiac patterns to diagnose and prevent severe asthma attacks. Having a dual cardiac and pulmonary sensor will ideally increase the accuracy of the readings. The information gathered will be sent to mobile phones that have our application installed. The device will be programmed to sense severe pulmonary distress symptoms and automatically push an alert to the user’s emergency contacts (those who have the application installed) which will give an option to alert emergency medical services or simply ‘acknowledge’ and handle the situation with medications.

Customer Validation

Children with asthma, Adults with asthma, Adults with cardiovascular diseases (prone to ischemia), American Association for Respiratory Care, Mayo clinic, Concordance Healthcare Solutions (Medical supply distributor), Health insurance companies for identifying insurance rates for asthma individuals, Patients with sleep apnea, Arizona Pulmonary Specialists Ltd. , Amy Silverthorn MD (pulmonologist), North Phoenix Pulmonology, Network providers in order to sell technology for connectivity, Device will be wifi based until network providers can offer connectivity, Dr. Tanmay S. Panchabhai MD (pulmonologist), Rajeev Saggar MD (pulmonologist), Miquel Gomez MD (pulmonary disease specialist), Arizona Chest and Sleep Medicine, Pulmonary Associates: Comp Robert A MD, Arizona Asthma & Allergy Institute, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Pulmonology, Dr. Michael C. Saavedra, MD, Banner - University Medicine Lung Institute, Arizona Center for Chest Diseases, Liao Da-Wei MD (pulmonologist),


IP Position

Acoustic Sensor for Medical Patients

-US8690799B2/JP Morgan Chase Bank

-Filed 10/14/2010

-Has dual sensors to reduce error from extra sounds

-Sound is first passed through acoustic chambers

-Sensors are connected to a machine to evaluate the sound

Multiple sensors with the capability of tripping an alarm (EXPIRED)

-US3618592A/John Stewart Simpson Stewart

-Filed 08/11/1969

-Detects a patient’s medical condition by a means of a sensor system

-Each sensor monitors a specific condition and switches between normal, below normal, and above normal

-Two abnormal signals at the same time will trigger an alarm

Physiological Monitor and Display System (Possibly Expired due to fee)

-US6790178B1/Microlife Medical Home Solutions Inc.

-Filed 9/25/2000

-Connects physiological monitor to computing device such as PDA or computer.

-Comprised of an EKG monitoring system that sends data to computing device.

-Must have a 2-piece separate connector to transfer data from sensor to computing device.

Fundability Worksheet Scores


The market for pulmonary sensors seems to be slim and need of improvement, mainly due to the inaccuracy and inconvenience of previous devices. It is believed that the pairing of a cardiac sensor and a pulmonary sensor can increase the accuracy of detection of respiratory distress. Many of the current technologies out there require some sort of hand held spirometer, a belt requiring wired connectivity to an inconveniently sized data processor, or are simply meant to monitor cardio-pulmonary information for exercise purposes.

Customer Validation

No actual pulmonologists were actually contacted for this. However, a couple of family members with an asthmatic child and several other parents were asked if they would be interested in such a device and all expressed interest, even when a price of $250 was brought up. It was determined that a highly accurate device that can be preventative in respiratory emergencies would attract a lot of attention/validation from the masses.

IP Position


A lot of the current patents for this kind of technology seem to be expired or referencing different kinds of sensors. It should be relatively easy to obtain a patent for the technology that is wanted and there are many ways to tweak our design if a similar technology happens to be out there.