Current trends in healthcare have been moving towards a more personalised and at home standard of care which can be tailored to the individual needs of patients. This has been further exacerbated by the needs of general practitioners to be able to do at home consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for at risk patients. In order to facilitate this, IBTEC is working on developing low-cost and easy-to-use devices that can allow more effective general practice consultations at home.

Current projects

This research resulted in a clinical decision support mobile application (VitalsAssist) to capture vital signs from medical devices and wearables and present them in a meaningful way to clinicians. It addressed the needs in real-time and remote healthcare monitoring. The App could identify a patient’s deterioration and notify the clinicians so they can take appropriate action.

Research team


  • Associate Professor Hamid GholamHosseini
  • Dr Farhaan Mirza

Orion Health

  • Dr Mirza Baig

This project was also conducted in collaboration, clinicians from Auckland and Waitemata District Health Boards, Orion Health technical leaders and other end-users/stakeholders (including Māori Research Advisors).

A key challenge facing New Zealand and the rest of the world is the growing burden of cardiovascular disease and its complications. Cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke are now the leading cause of mortality and disease burden globally. A key part of assessing cardiovascular risk is accurate measurement of human blood pressure but current devices for automatic blood pressure measurement still suffer from significant measurement errors.

This project aims to develop new technologies to perform these blood pressure measurements more accurately to allow better diagnosis and assessment of cardiovascular risk.

Research team


  • Andrew Lowe (Lead)
  • Tet Chuan Lee
  • Mayuresh Kulkarni
  • Tanvi Chandel
  • Victor Miranda
  • Amit Patel

University of Auckland

  • Martyn Nash
  • Poul Nielsen

Our research

Research at IBTec is split into a number of research areas.

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