The market for oxygen therapy has grown immensely
over the past decade, with nearly 1.5 million people relying on supplemental
oxygen to address their medical needs. While tank delivery of oxygen
remains a viable market for HME providers, patients want to continue carrying
out their daily routines and need a product that allows them to stay on
the go. That’s where portable oxygen concentrators, and the companies who
maintain the machines, step in.
In just the past few years, portable oxygen concentrators have begun to
reflect the rapidly changing technology becoming available to HME providers
and their patients. Rather than waiting for maintenance issues to occur on
their machines, providers increasingly have the ability to remotely monitor
oxygen output, battery life and more through online platforms. Now, companies
are expanding wireless connectivity to POCs in the hopes of making
24/7 monitoring possible for more patients.
At the same time, manufacturers are focused on making the machines
lighter and sleeker for patients who want POCs to blend in with the rest of
their belongings. The demand is high for machines that can provide the right
mix of portability, battery life and tank capacity to fit patient lifestyles. If an
HME provider can guarantee all three, they can see revenue growth in this
key area. Here is a sampling of the latest products and services to hit the
oxygen therapy market:
Providers can geo-locate concentrators, monitor patient use through online dashboard
- Bluetooth-enabled POC offers six flow settings
for patients through a mobile application.
- Providers can use an online dashboard to monitor
patient use, geo-locate machines and check
battery life, and known when to perform
Simply Go Mini
Ultra-portable concentrator aims to deliver reliable performance on the go
- Smallest and lightest concentrator offered by
Philips features 5 pulse settings and fashionable
- 5 lb. sleekly designed machine comes with
lightweight and compact battery and high
oxygen output for ultra-portable POC
Platinum Mobile Oxygen Concentrator
POC offers 'remote freedom' for HME providers and patients
- Users can control flow settings via a connected
smartphone app from up to 25 feet away.
- Providers can view diagnostics remotely using
Piccolo Provider Portal.
- Designed for easy patient use with simple, sealed
interface, top-load batteries and dual intakes and
exhausts to maximize heat dissipation.
Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
iGo2 Portable Oxygen Concentrator
SmartDose technology on POC makes it easier for patients to trigger oxygen flow
- POC equipped with SmartDose auto-adjusting conserver
technology, giving it one of the most sensitive conserver
triggers in the market.
- Weighs less than 5 lbs. with protective overmold around
plastic shell to prevent damage.
- Battery and LCD screen controls located on top of the machine
to make it easily accessible.
Inogen One G5 Portable Oxygen Concentrator
New POC innovates with high oxygen output per pound of weight
- 4.7-lb POC has 1,260 ml of oxygen production capacity and
is equipped with Inogen’s Intelligent Delivery Technology
with six different flow settings.
- Machine has one of the highest oxygen outputs per pound
of weight in the POC market.
- Battery life of up to 13 hours with optional double battery and
Bluetooth connection to company app.
Live Active Five
Portable oxygen concentrator hopes to help customers 'live actively'
With Precision Medical’s new Live Active Five, a five-liter
portable oxygen concentrator, Precision Medical says
patients can now “live actively” by taking their POC as they
go about their daily lives. Due to its dual-curved body, users
can wear the product on their right or left hip. Its replaceable
lithium ion battery offers up to 6.5 hours of life and can be fully charged in two
hours. Clients can expect a straightforward user experience, as the Live Active
Five has a simple LCD screen with easy-to-understand language. Battery changes
are also a simple process because of convenient top access on the concentrator.
POCs help patients stay active, provider stay informed
GCE Healthcare’s Zen-O and Zen-O lite portable oxygen
concentrators. give patients the increased freedom
and confidence they need to live active lifestyles.
Featuring Rate Responsive Therapy, the devices automatically
adjust to the needs of the patient maintaining
FiO2 levels as breath rate increases. In addition, GCE
Healthcare features Clarity Connected Care, a remote
monitoring system for the Zen-O POC. Clarity allows Home Oxygen Providers and
patients to monitor their devices on any platform anywhere in the world.
Portable oxygen concentrator designed for wireless connectivity, easy travel
Manufactured by CAIRE Inc., the
FreeStyle Comfort is a lightweight,
5-setting pulse flow portable
oxygen concentrator with wireless
connectivity, proprietary sensitive
breath detection features, and
delivering a maximum output of
up to 1050 milliliters. Weighing
only 5 pounds and designed with
patient comfort in mind, it has an ergonomic, curved
shell, LCD display screen, and battery pack options
offering up to 8 hours of charge. Operational via wall
outlet power, motor vehicle power, or by rechargeable
battery power, the device is designed for easy
traveling and meets FAA guidelines for commercial
air flights. The FreeStyle Comfort can connect to the
CAIREview™ telehealth solution.
Vivo65 ventilator treats respiratory diseases in children and adults
The Vivo65 ventilator from Breas Medical provides continuous or intermittent ventilator support for individuals who require mechanical ventilation. It is suitable for use in hospitals, postacute care institutions and the home and is indicated for both adult and pediatric patients under 11 pounds. Due to an accurate volume delivery and responsive trigger system, the Vivo65 is a practical choice for pediatric treatment, according to the company. Its intuitive interface makes the device easy to use.
ResMed introduces its first portable oxygen concentrator
The Mobi, ResMed’s first POC, uses what the company has dubbed Pulse-Wave technology to deliver dosed oxygen and to adapt to changes in users’ breathing, automatically switching between active and resting modes. The Mobi also features one of the longest-lasting POC batteries with up to nine hours of battery life, and it can be charged and powered using a standard AC power outlet and. The total weight of the Mobi weighs in at 5.5 lbs. to suit active lifestyles.