UK developed mini-type oxygenator

The British researchers have succeeded in developing an oxygenator device which can increase the survival rate of the wounded in battles. It is said that this device can play a great role in many emergency circumstances including nature disaster or terrorist attacks. The researchers believed that this creativity have the great significance of humanism as well as military.

Oxygen deficit of Human body would cause rapid drop down of temperature because of blood losing, and the reduction of blood coagulation factor would accelerate bleeding. The longer patients waited for treatment, the more importance of fast oxygen therapy.

Fast oxygen therapy would be very important in the remote areas when nature disaster or critical accidents happens. Besides, the explosion would cause a called blast lung injury whenever happened in terrorism or industrial accident, under that circumstance the respiratory function of human body would be hurt and drained the urgent oxygen of the injured. But if the badly injured operated the oxygen therapy in few minutes, there will be a higher survival rate.

The DSTL, located in Bourdon Down, have studied that oxygen improvement was time saving for those injured people in explosion. It was military significance, since 1 hour living, there will be more chance for withdrawing.

Stephen Lamb, consultant of Cambridge design company partner who was responsible for the research of light-weight portable oxygenator, said apart from the evidence that oxygen therapy could increase the survival rate in explosion, the injured usually could not operate the oxygen therapy before helicopter withdraw, because the battle front staff probably could not be supported by vehicles; the hydromantic oxygen tank was too heavy to carry, and easy to be shot. Though portable oxygenator was available, it was energy consuming and must equip with heavy batteries.

Lamb said: the essence of our work is to develop a portable mini-type oxygenator. Our concept is to establish combination of light-weight oxygenator and mini-type diesel engine. This is because diesel engine is more energy intensive than batteries, if necessary, this device can take the surface car or local resource as energy.

The key of creativity was how to integrate engine with oxygenator weight reduction and efficiency increase. The resolution was to have a mini-type, light-weighted and safe oxygenator device which could run for hours with less a liter diesel. This mini-type engine could supply power for emergency lighting and patient monitoring devices.

Lamb and his research team have successfully displayed the model system. Base on the before experience that they have developed medical device for civil uses, the researchers believed that they can minimum the system further and produce mini

The core of the system was the mini-diesel engine. Not only for it could avoid traditional portable system which was need the heavy battery, but also for it can extract 3L oxygen per minute to patient.

Richard Bown, who was occupied in the research, said the beauty of the system was to increase capacity when there need higher airflow rate.

The kind of model is only 2.4kg per unit, with specification of 100*200*250mm, and consumes 50g diesel only. Besides, it could use other available fuels including butane.

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China’s Sales Volume of Ultrasound Diagnostic Equipment will Reach 3.9 Billion RMB in 2012

Ultrasound diagnostic equipment is one kind of imaging diagnostic instrument among diagnostic medical equipment with a humorous market. During the whole year of 2010, the number of ultrasound diagnostic equipment installed in the world exceeded 0.4 million. And in 2012, the sales of ultrasound diagnostic equipment in China will reach 0.62 billion USD. Nowadays, GE, Siemens, Philips, Aloka, Toshiba, etc are dominating a majority of market of every kind of ultrasound diagnostic equipment, and this situation will not change soon.

However, this market has a trend of becoming more complex, and that can be seem from the situations that transnational enterprises are trying to popularize their product in the low-end market and China’s are paying more attention to the high-end. In China, Black-and-white ultrasound equipments are still the main role in the production and consumption with high market needs; the traditional products are bench ultrasonic equipments as before; and the portable and handheld products have the highest speed in the field of development and use.

In the reason that recently China’s National Development and Reform Commission issued some requirements on product price adjustment to pharmaceutical companies, and this policy obviously is in favor of domestic enterprises with some effects to medical equipment industry. Under it, some transnational enterprises of medical equipments are adjusting their strategic direction one after another, setting the markets of towns, communities and countryside as their key point.

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Kantecare’s Remote Control Patient Monitoring System for Hospitals and First Aid Centre

The Remote Control Patient Monitoring System, which is also called the hospital central monitoring system, can accept data from moving patient monitors through the LAN networking, such as GPRS, GSM, 3G like WCDMA etc. With the help of this advanced technology, patient windows have materialized displaying detailed real time patient information at various places in the hospital at the same time. Patient monitoring data are viewed on the main screen and in more detail in the patient windows. The main screen displays real-time waveforms, numeric information, and alarms for up to 64 patients. Up to 20 waveforms for each patient window can be displayed in either single or dual columns. The main screen waves and parameters are configurable for the user’s convenience.

 There are several unique features of the Remote Control Patient Monitoring System as listed in the following:

 Long Distance Control

The signal of the monitoring system covers as long as the internet network coverage. Wherever 3G network exists, the system will be available and can transmit data to HIS (Hospital Information System) including EMR (Electronic Medical Record) on the remote wireless network.

 64 Patients Network

Main screen displays real time waves and parameters for up to 64 patients; the application is extremely significant to some big hospitals and large Emergency Medical Services Centre. All the information such as ECG,HR/PR,NIBP,SPO2,RESP,TEMP on every patient monitors which are installed in different mobile stations, such as ambulance and so on.

 Alarm Response

Unique colour coding capability to visually identify alarms and to display its severity on the main screen. Multi-level audio alarm tones also indicate alarms and their severity. Criteria of alarms and recordings of events can be configured on a unit-wide basis (with password protection) modified by user for individual patients. Individual patient alarms, except for red level alarms can be easily turned on and off.

 Data Storage and Review

600 hours of patient data, real time waves and parameters can be stored for each patient. Saved strips with all waves per event can be stored for each patient; 600 hours patient data trends are stored and can be reviewed whenever they are needed for Pathologic analysis.

 GPS Function Available

The programming for Patient Monitoring System has already realized the function of GPS navigation. Just with a GPS navigator installed in each ambulance, it is very easy to check the exact place of each ambulance, in order that the doctors can make full preparation for operation or emergency services treatment on patients, and the GPS software is encoded in the monitoring system.

 Recording and Printing

A standard 3 channel recorder can record one, two or three real-time or delayed waveforms.

The 50mm, 25mm and 12.5mm recording strips include annotation. An optional LaserJet printer can print chart-ready copies of stored patient data. The patient monitoring system has one automatic printing program, which makes the recording and printing much easier and more accurate.

 With Kantecare’s Remote Control Patient Monitoring System which has already enjoyed a huge market share, we have great confidence in the improvement of medical care services and technology for all the people regardless of wherever they are.

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Ten predictions for the mHealth in the future Part IV

9. In 2011, 14% of smart phones will use mHealth program

This judgment is not unrealistic, because there is another survey done by Pew, showing that there are already 9% American adults tracking and managing their health issues with mHealth medical program.

IDC Research Company pointed out that in 2011, about 14% of American young people use mHealth program to manage health protection, healthcare and chronic disease. Why? The main reason is caused by the fast pace of immigration.

10. Until 2014, the quantity of M2M devices will reach up to 412 million

AnthonyCox, the analyst of UK Juniper Research Company, pointed out in his report written in 2010 that the quantity of built-in devices for M2M would amount to about 412million until 2014 all over the world. Cox said this was only a small figure indicating that the development potentiality was so huge. In his blog, he doubted whether M2M could materialize the wireless connection for 5billion terminals. Though M2M market only covers the terminals with a built-in SIM card (including mobile phones), Cox believed that the medical market would increase at a speedy pace in the next several years. “Currently the smallest M2M market may probably indicate the possibilities of fast increase”, Cox says, “Although there will be setbacks and difficulties during the setting up of an active M2M program in the medical market, due to that people rely on these programs, and the fast population growth ensures the huge market of mHealth monitoring.

11. Until 2014, the gateway for remote medical will reach up to 1million

The InMedica department of IMS Research Company showed in a report in 2010 that the gateway for remote medical will reach up to 1million, and the figure will be 3.6million in 2018. Though InMedica didn’t define the “gateway”, TimGee, who came from medical connection consulting company, introduced to us the WLAN and Gateway during the activity organized in 2009 in Boston subjecting as medical connection relative issues, that there were two main gateway:

One is mobile gateway device; the other one is name as Network Bridge, which is a fixed wireless concentrator gateway. In the gateway device mode, patient may take a telephone, smart phone, PDA or only a wireless activating device to connect to the wireless network, WLAN or Carrier network already installed in the hospitals. As for the Network Bridge, the gateway is fixed like a structured wireless visitor. While walking inside the hospital, the sensor taken with the patient will transfer the data to all kinds of sensing detectors.

To read more:  Part  IPart IIPart III

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Ten predictions for the mHealth in the future Part III

6. By 2013, there will be up to 100 thousand blood pressure monitors used all over the world

In 2009, about 50 thousand blood pressure monitors are used for remote medical services, and will reach up to 500 thousand sets in 2013. Furthermore, according to a report by InMedica in 2010, the quantity of integrated unit including home Glucometer, blood pressure monitor, scales, pulse oximeter and peak flowmeter which will be used in home remote medical services will come up to over 16million sets.

In 2013, the quantity of medical concentrators will also reach up to 400thousand sets, which add up to 2million sets of all the remote medical service devices. InMedica pointed out that currently home use remote medical service devices are usually used for chronic disease cure, especially for COPD, CHF, hypertension and diabetes mellitus. InMedica Research Company stated that remote medical service has not yet become the main medical service application.

7. By 2014, the market scale of wireless medical will amount to about USD 950million.

ABI Research Company pointed out in a report written in 2009, the compound growth rate for wireless devices which monitor the conditions for patients and deliver data to medical suppliers reaches up to 77%, with a profit about 950million worldwide until 2014.

StanSchatt, the vice president of ABI Research Company, pointed out in public news that extra expenses will be generated when the wireless technology is applied to medical devices industry, which will be the main “obstacle” of this remote medical service. What is interested, ABI also announced that although the wireless medical service enjoys a global market, the device expenses indicates that the majority of this activity is currently active only in the USA.

8. By 2014, there will be USD4.5billion used for wireless data transmission in medical industry

In the year 2010, GSMG Company also did a similar prediction on the income status of wireless medical in the US market. But the range of the prediction is wider, which includes monitoring, PERS, remote medical, mHealth devices, mHealth information, RFID tracking and health and fitness software. CSMG predicted that until 2014 the total profits of these medical services will exceed 4.6billion US dollars.

There’s a report written by In-Stat in 2010, predicting that until 2014, the expenses spent for wireless data transmission in medical industry will exceed USD4.5billion. In the report, there’re some examples of application to wireless medical service, and wireless medical generates extra expenses for wireless data, while nursing workers are very interested in obtaining the information, coordinating nursing care, verifying identifications for patients, paying the services charge and preventing malpraxis etc.

To read more:  Part  IPart II, Part IV

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Ten predictions for the mHealth in the future Part II

3. By 2014, the market scale of medical enterprises on mobile program will reach about USD1.7billion

According to the report by Chilmark Research Corporation in Nov. 2011, the market scale of medical enterprises on mobile program currently amounts to 100million. Under the circumstances of rapid development of mobile devices, increasing demand for doctors, strong request for medical enterprises to improve their nursing quality and efficiency, Chilmark Research Corporation predicts that within the future three years, the market scale of medical enterprises on mobile program will reach up to USD1.7billion. The core issue in Chilmark’s report is the enterprise mHealth program, which should be connected with HIS medical companies, such as EHR、CPOE、eRx、CDS and expense collection program. Chilmark also predicts that for those medical enterprises, who request that their requirements be satisfied by mHealth program, who promote the payment revolution, who ask for improving their internal working flow and increasing working efficiency, these program will be the most competitive advantages for them to stand out from all the same companies in the industry.

4. Until 2016, the market share of medical wireless network will reach up to USD1.3billion

As reported by ABI Market Research Company, the market share of medical wireless network service will amount to USD1.34billion. The report named professional medical wireless technology showed the investigation on market development scale of world wireless network hardware and service. ABI indicates that the wireless network mobile phone and the real time location system (RTLS) will be connected to the MBAN which is used in the wireless network for mobile patient monitoring equipment. Until 2016, a quantity of about 30million medical MBAN devices may be delivered all over the world. The report also covers the market scale of the built-in wireless network consuming equipment, which is developing gradually into a professional market.

5. By the year 2016, the quantity of wireless sensor with the capacity being 100Mega which is wearable will exceed 100million.

According to a report published by ABI Research Company in this summer, by 2016, the market demand for wearable devices will exceed 100 million sets. And ABI published a research report in last June predicting that in the future there would be over 80million sets of these devices which would become the sensor for fitness.

ABI predicted that in the following 5 years, consumers will use heart rate monitors and wear blood pressure monitors for sports and fitness, which promotes the application of wireless sensor. On the other hand, the new type low power wireless technology such as Bluetooth 4.0 will also promote the application of wireless sensor together with the social network and smart phones.

To read more:  Part  IPart III, Part IV

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Ten predictions for the mHealth in the future Part I

Many companies, including InMedica、Juniper、Chilmark、ABI、In-Stat、IDC and Manhattan, have been forecasting the developing scale and benefits of the mHealth services in the future. In this article, the top ten forecasts have been collected for the following five years development of remote control medical services, covering the predictions for consumers and enterprises. The following forecasts begin from the first to the tenth.

1. In the year 2012, there will be 81% doctors using Smart phone.

Manhattan Research Institution predicts that until 2012, 81% doctors will have a smart phone. According to a report by Manhattan Research Institution in May, 2011, in fact the prediction had already come true in 2011. There was a former prediction which came from a report in 2010 called diagnosis by examine patient’s pulse, that report did a follow-up survey on the percentage of using all kinds of IT by doctors. As a matter of fact, there were only 30% doctors using smart phones, while about 64% in 2009. The increasing rate for doctors to use smart phones is faster than that of American young people, coz it’s just 30% young people in the US using smart phones.

2. The profit for remote patient monitors in 2014 will reach up to USD1.9billion

According to the statistics in the report Opportunity for the mHealth: applications of patient monitors from 2010 to 2014, and strategy for the mHealth written by Juniper Research Institution

in 2010, the profits for patient monitor services by using remote network until 2014 will reach up to USD1.9billion. This forecast by Juniper Research Institution is not the first prediction aiming to solve the problems of the mHealth industry in the following four years, however, like other forecasts; it narrows the range to a specific service by remote patient monitor.

To read more: Part II, Part III, Part IV

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Fresenius VS Gambro, Who Will Be the Winner?

Fresenius and Gambro, the two world leading manufacturers of hemodialysis machine, have moved there battle field into Jiangxi, China, which once again is another cruel fight against each other.

Recently the Department of Health of Jiangxi published a bidding announcement of purchasing 946 units of hemodialysis machine, for the hemodialysis treatment and cure in Jiangxi which will be free of charge to the public. As the quantity of this procurement is so large, it makes the Department of Health of Jiangxi being the biggest buyer in the world for single product. After extremely fierce competition, and with an incredible low price, being only 40% to 50% of the price given to distributors, Fresenius succeeded in signing the purchasing contract of 946 units of hemodialysis machine. While on the other hand, Gambro didn’t show its weakness, either. They won the subsequent bidding for consumables of hemodialysis machine, also at a rather low price, being reduced by more than 50% of the price given to distributors.

In fact this fight between the two leading manufacturers has resulted in a win-win situation:
The Department of Health of Jiangxi has successfully carried out the project of hemodialysis treatment and cure in Jiangxi which is free of charge to the public.

The patients with uremia in Jiangxi have enjoyed medical assistance for free.

Fresenius and Gambro have occupied the majority of the market share of hemodialysis machine and its consumables in Jiangxi, causing other competitors unable to enter into Jiangxi market.

The local medical products producers in Jiangxi are actively looking for business opportunities with the above mentioned leading manufacturers, which will help increase the industrial technology.

As a result, this fight actually is a win-win game.

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Development Trend of Chinese Medical Equipment Market over 2012-2013

As the fourth largest market of medical equipment in the world, China has a market size of 60 billion RMB, which includes medical imageology part of 22 billion RMB. The coming urbanization and aging society will bring more and more opportunities to medical devices industry. And within several years, Chinese medical equipment market will keep growing with 20% rate of increase, so is medical imageology.

 Statistically, in 2010, Chinese medical device market is divided with 25% high-end products and 75% medium and low-end ones. But in international market, the high-end products occupy 55%, the medium and low-end 45%. It can be seen that the whole medical equipment industry in this country is trending to focus on medium and low-end market and polarizing.

 Why local producers in this industry is putting eye on medium and low-end equipment part? The main reason is those big-size hospitals normally choose imported medical equipments so that the local equipment producers can hardly penetrate into the high-end market. Additionally, those producers should compete on no only product quality, but also relationship channel development with the hospital buyers. And another reason that those advanced hospitals like to select overseas equipment is the foreign producers can take the responsibility of related medical negligence and is able to compensate, but no any local ones can bear these. The scale of Chinese medical device market take 14% of medical market, this percentage has a big gap with the international rate, which is 42%. By the way, compared with global medical device consumption level per capita, Chinese market still has 5 – 6 times growing space. The hospitals in first-tier cities generally choose imported equipments, and those in second and third tier cities haven’t enough funds to purchase overseas equipments. This situation definitely will bring chances to our local medical equipment producer enterprises.

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