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:
New service offers 'ventilator management in a box'
new Nexus program
helps HME providers
outcomes using its Nexus software and
companion TeleRespiratory Services.
The system manages symptoms, tracks
disease progression, reduces re-admissions,
manages medications, and has a proven
track record of growing HME ventilator
market share. The service is a response to
the struggle HME providers are facing with
the shortage of RTs and the need for clinical
oversight in their ventilator management
Respiratory care management platform launches fax module
The Fax Intake Module transforms paper-based
faxing into an all-digital experience.
The module streamlines respiratory providers’
fax intake process with easy functionality
for patient referrals. The module enables
users to send, receive, and manage patient
documentation digitally—eliminating paper
processes, saving time, and reducing errors.
Not only can users view and manage all
faxes digitally, but they can also use multiple
document layouts and split and group faxes
by patient and document type. Faxes can
be associated with a patient record, and the
platform’s tools enable easy forwarding,
downloading, and printing.
Vivo 45 LS
Light, small form-factor ventilator provides flexible life support
The Vivo 45 LS is one of the smallest, full-featured
life support ventilators on the
market and provides invasive and noninvasive
continuous or intermittent ventilatory
support in the home, post-acute,
hospital, and portable applications for
pediatric through adult patients weighing
more than 11 lbs. Designed to maximize
patient independence and mobility with
an ultra-small footprint, it also provides
the comfortable eSync trigger technology
along with ultra-quiet operation. It also
provides etCO2, SpO2, FiO2 and PtCO2
monitoring and connection to EveryWare
by Breas, a securely hosted cloud-based
application, which can help deliver an
insightful approach to home care of respiratory
Lightweight, portable oxygen concentrator includes telehealth connectivity
The award-winning FreeStyle Comfort is a lightweight,
ergonomic portable oxygen concentrator
ideal for oxygen users seeking comfortable and
convenient oxygen delivery as they engage in
a more active lifestyle. Smart O2 technology
features on the FreeStyle Comfort ensure optimal
therapeutic oxygen delivery with each breath.
Also, connectivity to the myCAIRE telehealth solution helps provide
top-tier care for oxygen users with greater efficiency.
Oxygen conservers is one of the smallest and lightest available
Small and light, the ConservOx by OxyGo
reduces cylinder deliveries and operating
costs with a single control. An ergonomically
designed t-handle and hand-tight nut,
making ConservOx easy to use for anyone.
It comes with CGA 870 connection and
a conserving ratio of up to 5.7 to 1, and
includes a two-year warranty.
Portable, compact ventilator offers a variety of ease-of-use features
The LUISA a third-generation noninvasive/invasive ventilator that offers
all the standard ventilation modes
with the added benefit of high flow therapy at home. Features
include High Flow Oxygen Therapy in all circuit systems; 100 – 3000
mL Vt without additional flow sensor; and no adapters needed.
For operation, the device includes a 10 in. angled touchscreen
and Ease of Use programming, as well as second alarm language,
customized patient downloadable reporting and Sp02 and Fi02
monitoring capabilities. The device is lightweight at approximately
8 lbs. and offers up to 18 hours battery life.
A telehealth solution that supports comprehensive oxygen care
Designed to help oxygen
their “O2 operating
system” and streamline
their operations, CAIRE’s
new myCAIRE telehealth solution supports
comprehensive oxygen care. With an eye
on increased efficiency and improved care,
myCAIRE connects to CAIRE’s leading
portable and stationary concentrators
via patients’ smart device and simplifies
remote data collection through a secure,
cloud-based technology in real-time from
the desktop. Available on Android, iOS
and Surface platforms, myCAIRE provides
improved fleet management with device
notifications and GPS location; and the
ability to view key data such as oxygen
usage. It is available on the portable
FreeStyle Comfort and Eclipse 5, and the
stationary Companion 5.
VirtuOx Healthcare Logiix
Disposable oximeter designed for overnight home testing
EzOx is a single-patient, multi0use disposable
oximeter shipped directly to the patient’s home
for overnight oximetry testing. This device
has the ability to conduct up to 100 hours of
recording that may be utilized to conduct repeat testing as necessary.
Connects via Bluetooth to app, which sends the results to VirtuOx for
IDTF certified oximetry reports needed for oxygen qualification.
Telehealth app connects with CAIRE oxygen concentrators via patients' smart devices
Responding to the
increased need and
demand for telehealth
solutions, CAIRE Inc.
has launched a new
called myCAIRE, which connects to CAIRE’s concentrators via
the patient’s smart device and facilitates remote data collection
through a secure, cloud-based technology in real-time. The medical
equipment provider can then easily access the data via from its
desktop. The myCAIRE application is available through Android,
iOS and Surface platforms, and the portal provides customizable
views, filtering and search options to view oxygen usage, flow rates,
device notifications, equipment location, and requests sent directly
from patients to the provider through the app.