“The prize came as a surprise”

Dec 05, 2017 | Research/Cooperation Global

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Ivan Tomašić, MDH, was recently awarded the Puh Prize, one of Slovenia’s most prestigious research prizes. He was awarded the prize for his research which has contributed towards the production of a wireless ECG monitor.


- This is a big prize and I’m proud to receive it! It was in connection with my doctoral thesis, which came out in 2013, that I was involved in developing the ECG monitor, so being awarded a prize for that now was nothing I expected. The prize really came as a surprise, says Ivan Tomašić, who is researching in health and welfare technology, within the research profile of ESS-H at MDH.

Together with his colleagues from the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia, Ivan Tomašić received the Puh prize during a televised ceremony in the Union Hall in Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana. The prize is awarded annually to researchers whose research findings have been used to develop products existing on the market. This year’s Puh prize was awarded to Ivan Tomašić and his colleagues for their research which has contributed to the development of a wireless ECG monitor, which has been on the market for a few months.

- The wireless ECG monitor is attached to the upper body and measures heart rate in real time. In this way the user, by means of a mobile application, can get information that tells you what your heart rate looks like, whether there are any risks and whether you ought to take any action, says Ivan Tomašić.

Further he tells us that the wireless ECG monitor can be used not only by people with known risks of heart problems but also by healthy people who want to keep a check on their heart rate.

 - Since it’s wireless it’s also easy to use. Conventional ECG monitors are more difficult to carry with you all the time, since they are connected to other devices by means of cords. The cordless monitor allows you to use it round the clock, and when you’re exercising, for example, it can warn you if you’re overdoing it and need to rest for a bit, says Ivan Tomašić.    

As a postdoctoral research fellow at MDH, Ivan Tomašić will be continuing his research in the subject. Among other things he will be looking at how to place the new ECG monitor to maximise the information on heart activity, or to detect specific heart-related problems and also how to integrate the monitor with other physiological monitors and medical records.

- Receiving this prize makes me more motivated to continue developing these types of products, says Ivan Tomašić.