The future in patient monitoring is here.

Project Summary

Ebola is a growing problem in West African countries. Although there are numerous challenges with treating Ebola, monitoring and evaluating patients and tracking patient information in a secure way are ongoing issues in Ebola treatment centers. Our solution, Proxome, addresses these challenges through creating a secure patient monitoring device. Proxome is comprised of a Bluetooth low energy beacon attached to a patient wristband. The beacon is paired to a beeper that will alarm the health care worker when a patient's heart rate and temperature exceeds a designated level. The beeper has a small microphone attached to it and voice pairs a connection with the beacon. The beeper will be worn under the PPE and both the beeper and the beacons are reusable and can be disinfected in Chlorine. Estimated costs are approximately $10 per beacon and $50 per beeper. Beacons will have a one year battery life.

Feedback from field workers in West African Ebola treatment centers have reported how beneficial this monitoring device would be. If implemented immediately, thousands of lives could be saved. Proxome will improve patient monitoring and evaluation for staff and provide a robust interface to labs, charting, and messaging systems needed in this Ebola outbreak. The implementation of a monitoring device allows healthcare workers to assist patients needing immediate attention while maximizing their time.


Principle Uses

  • Monitoring patients in clinics and hospitals
  • Keeping patient identification secure
  • Data collection on patient temperature and heart rate


The following articles were published on ProxoMe after the Stop Ebola Hackathon held on the weekend of December 13, 2014.

The Boston Globe: "Innovators at MGH Brainstorm ways to Help Fight Ebola"
Medtech Boston: "Stop Ebola Hackathon: Meet the Winners"
Medtech Boston: "The Top 10 Healthcare Innovation Events of 2014"

Hackathon Presentation

About Us


Adrian Gropper

Adrian, MD, is CTO of Patient Privacy Rights, a national organization representing 10 million patients and among the foremost open data advocates in the country. As an entrepreneur and physician-developer he has founded a number of software-intensive medical device companies. He has also participated in the creation of Blue Button, Direct Project, Blue Button Plus and is actively promoting patient-centered data policy. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MD from Harvard Medical School.



Sean Doyle

Software engineer at MGH working on a variety of imaging and workflow systems. Previous work includes co-founding two medical software companies as VP of Engineering and as CT. He holds a BS in Economics from MIT.



Jim Wright

Jim is an electrical engineer with a background in developing wearable devices for military and medical applications. He has a BS in Electronic Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.



Jessica Autrey

Jessica is a current graduate student at Boston University's School of Public Health pursuing a Master of Public Health with a dual concentration in Global Health and Biostatistics. Before moving to Boston, she completed her Bachelor of Science at The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa and taught Integrated Physics and Chemistry at International Newcomer Academy in Fort Worth, TX, for three years.


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Shauna Biggs

Shauna is a current graduate student at Boston University's School of Public Health concentrating in Biostatistics and Global Health with a dual emphasis in Infectious and Non Communicable Diseases and Managing Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University and spent 27 months as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland.