about the O'Brien / HealthWorks Collection
The HealthWorks Collection was started in 1994, when Uwe Diegel, manufacturer of medical devices in Paris, bought his first Pachon Oscillometer at a flea market in Paris. Discovering how to use it, he was amazed by the sheer simplicity of the technology and by the fact that this branch of history had been ignored for so long. So he started collecting these devices in earnest so as to have a better understanding of the evolution of blood pressure measurement techniques. A few years later, having amassed a few hundred devices, and having learnt how to use them, he discussed the project with Dr Prof Eoin O'Brien, one of the leading lights of modern cardiology, from Dublin. Professor O'Brien proceeded to donate his personal collection of devices to the HealthWorks Collection, which became known as the O'Brien / HealthWorks Collection. What is particular about this collection is that nearly every device in in state of use, and that these devices are sometimes used as a springboard for developing new and better technologies in cardiology.
about uwe diegel
Uwe Diegel (born 1965 in New Zealand), was a concert pianist until the age of 26. Following an accident that partially restricted movement in in right arm, he started a new career in medical diagnostics, quickly developing a particular interest in chronic diseases such as hypertension, asthma and diabetes. His intense scientific curiosity has led him not only to develop new technologies in these fields, but also to interest himself to field of medical manufacturing, industrial design and problems faced by Asian manufacturing concerns.
Uwe lives in Paris, France, where he runs HealthWorks Global and does fundamental research in medical diagnostics. He is today considered to be a foremost expert in the field of blood pressure management, diabetes, asthma and in the manufacturing of medical diagnostics devices.
In 2009, Uwe got interested in connected health as a means of providing better patient management. He became involved in iHealth, a platform that takes all the signals of the body and translates them into a meaningful format using smartphones and tablets. iHealth is today the world leader in the field of Connected Health. Uwe served as CEO of iHealthLabs Europe until 2016. He left iHealth in 2016 to work on the Lifeina project.
Uwe Diegel has been at the forefront of international changes in healthcare technology for the last 30 years. His drive and passion for innovative technology have driven major changes in perception about healthcare. He has driven the manufacturing of medical devices to new horizons by forcing new practices in manufacturing and innovation. An internationally recognized expert in the management of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, he is continuously looking for better solutions to improve outcomes for patients. He has for the last few years spearheaded the dissemination and acceptance of connected health as a tool for providing better solutions for patients.