Updated on February 15, 2024


Created on September 26, 2019

Rubitect Assessment System

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Rubitect is a hand held probe and software system used  to measure properties of the skin to diagnose bedsores.

Developed By
  1. Rubitection
Tested By
  • Rubitection
Content Partners


Product Description

Rubitect is a device that allows users/patients to detect bedsores. Bedsores are human health problems that can develop over a period of time. It can be fatal if not treated. The product comes with an easy-to-use probe and a software platform that can be used with minimal training in the home, nursing home, rehab, and hospital setting. The user can follow these steps:

  1. Select site on any part of the body
  2. Place on the skin gently
  3. Read results on device and software application (A user who can’t understand the results from the device can forward the results to their doctor using the telehealth service on Rubitection’s software)

The Rubitect Assessment System includes the following features:

  1. Risk analytics and alerts
  2. Severity progression monitoring
  3. Care plan management
  4. Remote monitoring and telehealth

Target SDGs

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

This product has been implemented by Rubitection Inc.  Rubitection has the following partners: CTIP, Nextcorpsluminate, Techstars, Carnegie Mellon University, they are calling for partners to contact them through their website

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is produced in Pittsburgh. The product is still in the prototyping and testing stage

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

The Rubitect Assessment System is currently not available for sale but interested persons can sign up on the manufacturers website for a demo as beta tester or partner.

Distributions to Date Status



Battery and the disposable cover

Detection sensitivity


Indispensable equipment for function (Y/N)


Maintenance or calibration required by user at time of use? (Y/N)


Number of Tests Performed


Power supply type: Continuous, Recharging only (V, time required, battery life), Other


Time required for procedure (minutes)


Design Specifications

The technology provides quantitative skin assessment to facilitate personal care. The system consists of a probe and software. The probe is used for skin measurement to detect changes in its health to support reliable detection. Rubitect Assessment Software displays the results from the Rubitect probe and enables users to monitor changes in the health of the skin to help detect progressing bedsores.   The software platform provides risk analytics and alerts, severity progression monitoring, care plan management, and remote monitoring, and telehealth.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer

Replacement Components

Replaceable components include the battery and cups.


2-5 years

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

5% reduction in Pressure Ulcers (PUs)

Vetted Performance Status



No known safety hazards are related to this product

Complementary Technical Systems


Academic Research and References

Reddy, M., Gill, S.S. and Rochon, P.A., 2006, Preventing pressure ulcers: a systematic reviewJama296(8), pp. 974-984.

Allman, R.M., 1989, Pressure ulcers among the elderlyNew England Journal of Medicine320(13), pp. 850-853.

Smith, D.M., 1995, Pressure ulcers in the nursing homeAnnals of internal medicine123(6), pp. 433-438.

S. Gaspard,. 2018. Healthcare innovations for low and medium income countries or environments today and visions for the future, in IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, vol. 21, no. 5, pp. 11-18

S. Gaspard,.2015 The future of instrumentation and measurement, in IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 22-24

Rubitection, “The Rubitect

Shannon, Katie. “DR SANNA GASPARD: Disrupting the World of Medical Technology with Ingenuity and Grit“, Medium, 2018.

Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods

The product was evaluated for reducing the chances of pressure ulcers.  

Other Information

Rubitection is supported by Carnegie Mellon University through the Project Olympus incubator program

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