MOXIE, based in Birmingham, designs Bluetooth ventilator tech to increase healthcare safety

A medical professional recording data at UAB. Photo via Lexi Coon, property of University of Alabama at Birmingham

As COVID-19 runs its course, the world is focused on manufacturing ventilators to help patients breathe. However, ventilators are only part of the issue—it is very time-intensive for nurses and doctors to check up on each patient’s ventilator. So, Birmingham-based MOXIE has designed an app that will improve efficiency and safety for these medical professionals and their patients.

Addressing a Need

A medical professional sanitizing in order to enter a patient’s room. Photo via Lexi Coon, property of University of Alabama at Birmingham

It takes a long time for medical staff to check a patient’s ventilator. First, they have to make sure they won’t bring any viruses or bacteria inside the room—so they don a face mask, sanitize outside of the door and sanitize once they’re inside. Finally, they check the patient’s ventilator to record the data and decide if there is any danger.

Now, imagine doing that procedure over and over again for hundreds of patients… just in one hospital. Around the country, nurses and doctors are spending a huge amount of time just checking on ventilators. And don’t forget—although medical staff are very thorough, coming into contact with an infected patient always carries a risk.

“Our caregivers have families, children, grandparents and more than they can potentially infect. Every time the caregivers check an individual ventilator, they are putting their lives at risk.”

Ross Wesson, Co-Founder & CEO, MOXIE

MOXIE’s Solution

Photo via MOXIE IoT

“Over the past four years we’ve built a toolset of of code, templates, libraries, sensors, and communication protocols. Now, we’ve taken that toolset and applied it to ventilators.”

Dr. Austin Gurley, Co-Founder & CTO, MOXIE

So, Birmingham-based MOXIE has developed a solution. Using MOXIE’s Sensor-to-App technology, medical professionals can monitor a patient’s ventilator from outside their room via a smart device app.

As manufacturing companies across the country shift to producing new ventilators, MOXIE is seeking to work hand-in-hand to implement Bluetooth technology in these new ventilators. In addition, MOXIE can retrofit older models with Bluetooth capabilities.

This system has two benefits—first, it keeps nurses and doctors away from potential infections via their patients; second, by skipping the long sanitation process for each room, they are able to use their time much more efficiently. Additionally, the app pulls data from recent visits, so the caregiver can compare each patient’s vitals over the past few days.

“We can either choose to surrender to the chaos of COVID-19 and stop working and innovating, or we can choose to use this as an opportunity to work even harder than before, to create better technology that solves real-world problems – like the one facing us today.” 

Dr. Austin Gurley, Co-Founder & CTO, MOXIE 

About MOXIE

Alabama Launchpad contestant
MOXIE, who recently participated in Alabama Launchpad, brought this robotic dexapod (robot with 6 degrees of movement) to life. Photo via Moxie

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MOXIE is a team of expert engineers who design custom IoT solutions for their clients in a matter of weeks. Wondering what IoT means? IoT stands for “Internet of Things”—put simply, it is a network of interconnected objects that can absorb and exchange data. Each of MOXIE’s projects happens in-house—no middle-man involved.

“Crises like this show that we are all in it together as a society. While people may not always see eye-to-eye on a regular basis, things like this create amazing partnerships and help people work together for the common goal of humanity.

Ross Wesson, CEO, MOXIE

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