Airbus Defense and Space has developed a new health monitoring system, called “Smart Flying Hospital”, with which they seek to provide support in relation to Covid-19 worldwide.
The system was initially developed to be used in military medical evacuation flights, improving patient care through the collection and sending of data on the health status and evolution of each one of them, in real time to hospitals in land so that medical personnel could anticipate and prepare for their arrival.
Now its new function would be to transmit the data wirelessly and in real time to a mobile application, where medical personnel can access the information quickly and easily, reducing the wiring in the processes and avoiding physical contact between patients and doctors.
According to Airbus, using the Smart Flying Hospital is quite straightforward: “patients only need to insert a hearing aid-shaped sensor into their ear to record their heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature and oxygen concentration. This information is automatically sent to doctors with access to the application”.
“Around two thousand passengers die annually during long-haul flights; this figure could be reduced if the Smart Flying Hospital is used on board to carry out initial diagnoses, allowing to act quickly to save lives,” said Airbus Defense and Space in a statement.
Some tests are still missing, the system will undergo review on board an A400M military aircraft, however, it has already been tested at the University Hospital of La Paz and at the Madrid Quince de Mayo Health Center, in Spain, where the Medical personnel have commented that this solution helps to remotely monitor patients 24 hours a day, as well as to detect changes in their state of health, such as an increase in temperature or a decrease in oxygen saturation, allowing doctors intervene more quickly, and improving the treatment provided to patients.