Israel medical device that helps with patient triage wins counterterror contest
search

Israel medical device that helps with patient triage wins counterterror contest

CardioScale’s Cardio Vascular Reserve Index device assesses patients’ states and can predict deterioration

French forensic officers arrive to inspect a vehicle (center, hood up) believed to belong to terrorist Radouane Lakdim, and parked outside the Super U supermarket in the town of Trebes in southern France, where Lakdim carried out his attack, on March 23, 2018. (AFP Photo/Pascal Pavani)
French forensic officers arrive to inspect a vehicle (center, hood up) believed to belong to terrorist Radouane Lakdim, and parked outside the Super U supermarket in the town of Trebes in southern France, where Lakdim carried out his attack, on March 23, 2018. (AFP Photo/Pascal Pavani)

Israeli startup CardioScale Ltd. has won a competition aimed at identifying cutting-edge technologies to help combat terror, beating out 210 entries from around the world.

CardioScale, based in Ganei Tikva, has developed a medical device that allows first responders to accidents or terror scenes to prioritize which patients are in the urgent most need of medical care.

The “2018 Combating Terrorism Technology Startup Challenge” (CTTSC3) competition was held by the US Department of Defense’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), together with Israel’s Defense Ministry, Defense Research and Development Directorate (MAFAT), and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel. The contest was part of events held during Cyber Week, an annual international cybersecurity happening hosted at Tel Aviv University and attended by some 8,000 participants from more than 60 countries.

After a terror attack, the dilemma facing first responders is huge, explained Maoz Ben-ari, the CEO and the co-founder of the startup, as he presented his technology to the audience ahead of his win. “Some of them are going to die, so we need to save those who can be saved. But who do you treat first? Who will end up dead, if you don’t save them? Mis-prioritization causes death.”

CardioScale’s co-founders Uri Gabbay, left, and Maoz Ben-ari, getting their first prize check from Gideon Miller, center, the chairman of “2018 Combating Terrorism Technology Startup Challenge” (CTTSC3) 18 June, 2018;(Courtesy)

Decisions need to be made quickly and under difficult conditions. So, the company’s has developed a Cardio Vascular Reserve Index (CVRI) device that assesses the patient’s hemodynamic state and can accurately predict deterioration in patients without invasive measures, the startup says. Abnormal hemodynamic parameters include an increased heart rate, blood pressure, abnormal cardiac output and venous and pulmonary artery pressure.

Measuring takes seconds and can be performed anywhere, with no professional knowledge required. The device instructs users which patients need treatment first and which ones need to be evacuated immediately, Ben-ari explained.

The technology, which uses a medical algorithm that can assess the overall cardiovascular system of the patients, has been tested on more than 1,000 cases in the past few years, said Ben-ari.

The company was awarded a $100,000 check by the organizers of the competition.

Another Israeli startup, Colugo, nabbed second prize in the competition, getting a check of $10,000. The firm has developed a hybrid drone, the Arcopter, that is able to take off and land vertically and fly for long distances.

The founders of Colugo Systems, center right, Joseph Zwang and center left, Amit Regev, get their second prize from Gideon Miller, right, the chairman of “2018 Combating Terrorism Technology Startup Challenge” (CTTSC3) and Adam Tarsi, left, of the US Department of Defense, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO); June 18, 2018 (Courtesy)

The company’s technology can be used for a variety of applications, like disaster management and first responders; inspection and monitoring, including for agriculture, gas and oil pipelines, electric cables and railways; security and observation; aerial deliveries; and communications.

The competition was launched in January 2018, and a broad variety of startups participated in the contest, representing 60 technology fields, including  big data, social media, biometrics, computer vision, video analytics, observation systems, drones, robotics, chemical/bio/nuclear detection, cyber, emergency medicine.

The competition’s organizers said that one of the major trends they saw this year was an “explosion in technologies” for analyzing social media and online behavior.

“In particular, this year saw behavioral science being married with AI and embedded in powerful mobile technology,” the statement announcing the winner said.

A second trend is the continued growth of drone-related technologies, which this year constituted  the largest category of entries.  Of particular note was the growth in counter-drone solutions, the statement said,

“These projects showcase immense creativity and innovation, from the idea stage through technology, and to their potential operational contributionm,” said Daniel Gold, head of the Israel Ministry of Defense, Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological Infrastructure (MAFAT).

Join us!
A message from the Editor of Times of Israel
David Horovitz

The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.

We've achieved this by investing ever-greater resources in our journalism while keeping all of the content on our site free.

Unlike many other news sites, we have not put up a paywall. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.

Become a member of The Times of Israel Community
read more:
comments