Coronavirus facilities open up in Israel using new technology developed by a Technion Alumnus

Israeli hospitals all over the country have prepared designated isolation units for coronavirus patients.

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The Biobeat medical monitoring system is now installed in 11 hospitals across Israel, and they will continue installing their system in several more over the coming week. Biobeat is also working closely with several authorities in the country to implement monitoring of home hospitalized patients, being the first company to provide a comprehensive and advanced tracking solution of their medical condition and deterioration as needed from afar. The Biobeat platform allows continuous monitoring using a wireless, medical grade, non-invasive optical sensor. The 16 different vital signs measured – all by one small wireless device – are automatically transmitted in real time to the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere by the medical staff, providing relevant alerts when a change is detected. This dramatically reduces the direct contact between patients and health care providers, decreasing the risk for secondary exposure of the medical teams. Biobeat will continue to combat this global outbreak.

Technion-affiliated Rambam Hospital for example is opening a new coronavirus department this week. The facility will be on its own floor, isolated from the rest of the hospital. Construction and logistic teams worked cut an entire floor of the hospital in two: a hospitalization wing on one side and rooms for the team on the other side. The department will also have a separate ambulance entrance and elevator. Air from the rooms will be pumped through a filter before it exits the building. The department will use the new remote monitoring system developed by the Israeli start-up BioBeat, whose co-founder and CTO Johanan May is a Technion alumnus. The system includes smart monitoring stickers that will replace currently used monitoring methods. The stickers will be put on all the patients and allow continuous monitoring of breathing, saturation, pulse, blood pressure, body temperature, and other essential metrics. The results will be continually streamed to an information system, allowing the monitoring of every patient without physical contact.

This new remote monitoring system will be used for the first time in Israel in this new department. The system was developed by the Israeli start-up Biobeat.

The Rambam Hospital in Haifa finished preparations ahead of the opening of a new coronavirus department on Tuesday. The facility will be on its own floor, isolated from the rest of the hospital. Construction and logistic teams worked in the past week to cut an entire floor of the hospital in two: a hospitalization wing on one side and rooms for the team on the other side. The department will also have a separate ambulance entrance and elevator. Air from the rooms will be pumped through a filter before it exits the building. The new department will be able to hold 30 patients, with two rooms that will be able to treat children and an additional room for patients who have been intubated due to acute respiratory failure.

A special coronavirus team was trained by Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, which opened its own coronavirus unit last month and also uses BioBeat

The department will be staffed by 30 nurses who all volunteered for the job, as well as doctors from a range of different departments. The team will be specialized for this department and until further notice will not work in any other department.

Patients will have phones and video equipment in their rooms in order to talk with family and medical professionals, with the aim of minimizing contact between patients and other people.

Biobeat will be used for the first time in this new department. The system, developed by the Israeli start-up Biobeat, includes smart monitoring stickers that will replace the currently used monitoring methods. The stickers will be put on all the patients and will allow continuous monitoring of breathing, saturation, pulse, blood pressure, body temperature and other essential metrics. The results will be continually streamed to an information system, allowing the monitoring of every patient without the need for physical contact.

“The establishment of the specialized department for the intake of coronavirus patients presents us with many challenges, some of which we learned for the first time. Some of them we’re creating from scratch, because the experience throughout the world regarding everything connected to the coronavirus is limited,” said Dr. Michael Halbertal.

Biobeat is one of many inventions developed by Technion Alumni that are being used all over the world to benefit millions. BioBeat will continue combating this global outbreak.
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