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Home monitoring of heart failure via web-enabled bathroom scales wins award funding

Can a retrofitted bathroom scale costing less than $100 save lives and improve the health of millions of Americans living with heart failure while cutting billions of dollars in annual health care spending?

A team led by Mozziyar Etemadi, MS, has been awarded $110,000 to find out. Etemadi is an an MD/PhD student in the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program through which he is pursuing a PhD in the UCSF/UCB Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering and working in the lab of School of Pharmacy faculty member Shuvo Roy, PhD.

The project is one of three national winners, taking second place in the 2012 Prize for Primary Healthcare awarded by the Boston-based Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT) and funded by the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust.

Etemadi’s project—“Cloud-Enabled Technology for Monitoring Heart Failure at Home”—seeks to inexpensively tackle a rapidly growing medical problem: Six million Americans living with heart failure and suffering unpredictable health crises.


heart failure
bathroom scale
Prize for Primary Healthcare
Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology
Gelfand Family Charitable Trust
digital scale
Cardiac Pulse Signal
30 under 30
medical monitoring
medical device
Key people: 
Shuvo Roy
Mozziyar Etemandi
Kendra Johnson
Thomas Bodenheimer
Teresa De Marco
Dana McGlothlin
Liviu Klein
Rebecca Grossman-Kahn
Margaret Wheeler

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