Technology has helped a lot of people to monitor their homes remotely. It has been amazing to use smart doorbells and thermostat applications. Could such techniques also be imported to the health sector? It is possible to cooperate with such technologies, such as Wi-Fi based devices, which may aid patients with breathing difficulties. There are multiple ways that Wi-Fi based devices can be used in delivering oxygen to patients.
The internet is the technology that allows several tools used daily to be connected to a computer, and innovators are aiming to link the hospital’s oxygen concentrators to an app. This will enable physicians to monitor all the concentrators in different wards easily. It will also allow them to act swiftly in case of any problem.
The application will consist of an oxygen sensor, ESP32 Wi-Fi microcontroller, a real-time clock, and a temperature sensor. These sensors will be gathering information such as oxygen concentration, hours the machine has been operating, and the temperature of the compressor. The data will then be relayed to the microcontroller converting it into a readable form of information sent to an application on a laptop through Wi-Fi.
The information will then be displayed on a simple dashboard on the laptop with different values in their specified areas. These values will be constantly updated on the panel after every eight seconds.
Acquiring this timely data on an operating oxygen machine will allow tracking its performance online without physically checking it. It will also save a lot of time, especially when dealing with several concentrators. Furthermore, the crucial information will also enhance accuracy on how long the oxygen concentrator has been functioning.
Additionally, the tracking will also help in determining when the machines should be serviced. The preventive measure will reduce cases of disruptive breakdowns, making it easier to ensure oxygen is available to patients when required.
The Wi-Fi connected device will help medics respond fast in case anything goes wrong. For instance, at the dashboard, a trigger can be set to alert personnel in case a value from a given feed reaches a certain level. The trigger can be in the form of an email that automatically sends an alert to the medics when the value has been reached.
Having this information will also be of help to the physicians in case the oxygen concentrator breaks down. Since there would be stored data, reviewing the history of oxygen concentration and component temperature will be useful in troubleshooting the mistake.
What is the next step?
Since the model is already built, the next procedure is to test and establish its balance and efficiency. It should be done in labs without being connected to patients. This test will enable the innovators to see the device’s challenges and how those challenges can be remedied.
If the innovation is a success, biomedical entities like Genprex Inc. (NASDAQ: GNPX) will certainly welcome it since it takes the task of saving life a whole lot easier.
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