A common problem encountered in medical emergencies is emergency department overcrowding: when there are not enough medical personnel for an excess of patients in need. This came to the limelight in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; across the United States, nurses and physicians are being overworked to treat overwhelming masses of the sick waiting for treatment and diagnosis. Additionally, during severe epidemics, there is a high risk for viral transmission in waiting areas and standard one-use surgical masks are not effective enough to protect patients. Patients may end up waiting 4-12 hours before receiving medical attention, each second of which being one that can lead to infection, suffering, and/or death. Thus, we introduce VitalMask. Our goal with VitalMask is to optimize patient data collection, prioritize critical patients, and reduce patient wait time while providing a robust, reusable alternative to the disposable clinical mask. With an array of IoT sensors, medical personnel simply have to attach the mask to waiting room patients in order to monitor key vitals including body temperature, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and respiratory rate as they perform other essential tasks.
A novel coronavirus is discovered in Wuhan, China leading to the COVID-19 outbreak that quickly infected people all over the globe.
VitalMask was born at the 7th Annual AI Health Hackathon in NYC. The mask was designed to monitor vitals while preventing the spread of disease. We won the Hackathon's grand prize and third place for IBM's Coronavirus Prize!
We became a startup! A group of us from the same engineering team (CU Biomedical Device) at Cornell University decided to come together and make a company with Vital Mask as our first product.
We set up a GoFundMe to get our idea up and running. We invite you to consider donating to us and helping our idea become a reality. If you're willing to partner with us please click on the GoFundMe link! Thanks for your consideration!
We are a group made of diverse backgrounds - Biology, Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Business, and more - that has come together because we believe in our mission and our ability as a team. We are also supported and mentored by many invaluable professionals within Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Entrepreneurship, and Cornell Engineering.
Please email us if you're interested in learning more about our company!