iCardy - detecting atrial fibrillation in real-time
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death worldwide, resulting in more than 17 million deaths annually (31%). This figure is expected to increase to 23 million by 2030.
In Ukraine, more than half of stokes and ischemic heart diseases could be prevented if patients were monitored at least once every six months. But long wait times and cumbersome devices that have to be worn for several days leave many people unwilling to undergo testing.
Researchers at the National Technical University "Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute" (NTU KhPI) realized there had to be a better way. Shouldn't tests to check for heart conditions be as quick and easy as ordering a pizza?
To solve this problem, they developed a unique algorithm for processing ECGs to detect atrial fibrillation in real-time and built a model of communication between doctors and patients. Now a patient can undergo real-time heart monitoring and receive assistance from a physician online.
This was the first step in turning their research project into a business idea.
In the past year and a half the iCardy team has graduated from 4 business incubators, conducted customer discovery with more than 100 physicians, designed ten prototypes of cardiac monitoring devices, and created a unique business model for the Ukrainian market - the first medical service that unites patient + heart monitoring device + professional heart monitoring service.
Today iCardy is working hard on promoting the idea that you should take your health seriously. Everybody knows that eating healthy, being activity and getting enough sleep is important, but so is taking care of your heart.
And their hard work is starting to pay off.
In November, iCardy won second place and a pre-seed grant of $25,000 during the Ukrainian Startup Fund's 17th Pitch Day. They plan to use this money to launch their service in Ukraine and test their business hypotheses.
Roman Tomashevskyi – CEO of iCardy, Doctor of Engineering Science in biological and medical devices and systems, specialist in project management and business processes organization
Roman has successful experience in launching four educational projects, one medical project with members of a private company from Vietnam, one pre-incubational program for early stage start-ups, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at KhPI and Spark start-up center.
Oksana Sevriukova – CMO of iCardy, director of iCardy LLC, postgraduate student in industrial and biomedical electronics at KhPI, specialist in medical marketing
Oksana has successfully developed social media and Ukrainian news media projects, provided SMM, e-mail marketing, advertising for a pre-incubational program for early stage start-ups, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at KhPI and Spark start-up center.
Dmytro Skoryi – CPO of iCardy, internal medicine resident
Dmytro has worked in private and state hospitals in Turkey, Poland, and Germany, and took part in a research project on cardiac rhythm abnormalities diagnostics and treatment at the Teknon Medical Center in Barcelona, Spain. He is a two-time winner of the Zavtra.UA program, member of the European Society of Cardiology, author of 17 scientific works, and a regular presenter at Ukrainian and international medical conferences.
Yevgen Sokol - rector of NTU KhPI and an expert in the development of biomedical projects
Pavlo Shchapov - Doctor of Engineering Science with 35 years of experience in processing biomedical signals
For more information contact: icardy.tech [@] gmail.com
iCardy pitch deck - Ukrainian Startup Fund 17th Pitch Day