A new ventilator developed by Singapore-based medical device company ABM Respiratory Care uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology to allow healthcare professionals to securely monitor and program the device remotely.
The Tele-Ventilator, branded as BiWaze ION, features new technology which is 25 times faster and creates 50 times less data traffic than traditional web technologies.
ABM is preparing for fast-track approval of the device with regulatory agencies in several countries, including Singapore, to support hospitals in the fight against COVID-19.
As BioSpectrum Asia explains, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted a shortage of ventilators but also a shortage of trained healthcare professionals to manage ventilators when needed. What’s more, the risk of infection is increased by frequent bedside visits to check on ventilators. ABM’s Tele-Ventilator is designed to address both issues by enabling healthcare professionals to securely monitor and adjust ventilator settings through an online portal from any location in real-time.
“Manufacturers will eventually stand up to the challenge of meeting ventilator demand for the current situation but unlike machines, skilled respiratory staff cannot be cloned at the required pace,” commented Vinay Joshi, ABM CEO. “Our tele-ventilation solution will augment access to a trained healthcare professional and increase their reach to save lives not only within the hospital network but even in most remote parts of the globe.”
BiWaze ION can be used in both Invasive and Non-Invasive modes and can be deployed in ICU, ambulatory or subacute settings for paediatric and adult patients. The battery-operated, touchscreen-based ventilator includes advanced ventilator modes as well as key safety and alarm features in line with international regulatory standards.
Chad Boerst, founder and president of ABM, noted that BiWaze ION is easier to manufacture than models with complex mechanical designs and the supply chain is already being streamlined to scale-up production in the coming months.
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