Latest Milestone for New Wireless Medical Device Design Center
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., August 14—DeviceLab Inc., an Orange County medical device design and product development company, today announced the launch of the Apollo™ wireless medical device electronic systems platform.
Named after the mythological Greek god of health healing, Apollo™ is a state-of-the-art mobile medical device platform is the latest milestone for the Wireless Medical Device Design Center that DeviceLab introduced last year.
In development for more than a year and headed by DeviceLab’s Director Electronics and Software Khoi Turner, the Apollo™ platform seamlessly integrates multiple complementary technologies rapidly thus reducing costs and development time:
- iOS and Android smart phones, tablets and PCs
- Ultra low-power and self-powered sensor systems
- Bluetooth/Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) other mobile wireless technologies
- Wi-Fi connected appliances
- Multiple electronics display technologies (LED, OLED)
- Cloud data storage and analytics
- Lab on a Chip technologies
- Server/client software for the Internet of Things (IoT)
- State of the arts components from Renesas, Microchip, Broadcom etc.
“We are very excited about being able to offer this mobile health technology to our healthcare Internet of Things (IoT) customers,” said DeviceLab founder and CEO Dac Vu. “For nearly a decade, we have been driven to develop new and cutting-edge technologies resulting in state-of-the-art medical products; so being able to develop specialized healthcare IoT solutions continues that mission.”
Using Healthcare IoT to Save Lives and Save Money
The emergence of mobile and wireless eHealth solutions are rapidly changing patient cares in healthcare facilities. Devices such as patient monitors, medical imaging systems, POC diagnostic and therapeutic systems are being equipped with wireless capabilities. This provides the infrastructure for continuous commination with health care experts from virtually any location, said Vu.
“Not only will POC caregivers be able to use wireless medical devices at their home facilities, but perhaps more importantly, they can use them in remote locations,” said Vu. “Naturally, the implications for home health and point-of-care (POC) facilities are significant, as they help relieve the stress on understaffed nursing and physicians. Caregivers will now be better able to continuously monitor patients, check vital signs, adjust and confirm settings, and confirm functional operations that ensure patient safety—from virtually anywhere.”
However, the advantages are not just limited to expanding healthcare quality and geography. Vu said that IoT medical devices could help soaring healthcare costs and personnel shortages and reduce hospitalization times.
“Reducing hospital and POC environment and overstressed ICUs are a major goal in today’s healthcare environment,” said Vu. “With a predicted shortage of healthcare clinicians, technologists and doctors in the next 5–10 years, the demand for U.S. remote patient monitoring is expected to grow 25.4% to $22.2 billion by 2015.”
Making Mobile Health Devices Safe, Reliable and Available
Although the benefits of integrating Internet of Things in healthcare are enticing, they are not without unique challenges, said Vu. He referenced three critical objectives that must be masterfully handled in order for healthcare IoT to be a viable solution.
“Hospitals must be able to authenticate or secure their data, have consistent bandwidth that can accommodate a wide range of devices in the hospital, and ensure reliable mobility or roaming,” said Vu. “This includes when mobile medical applications are used on-site at a hospital or surgical suite, as there is often a lot of ‘competition’ for those wireless frequencies from other equipment.”
Vu is confident that his company is up for the challenge. “We are perfectly positioned to become a leader in wireless medical device development, and Apollo™ will certainly help us explore and exceed boundaries for wireless medical devices.”