July 15, 2020
If necessity is the mother of invention, a pandemic is a powerful fertility drug. That is evident in the current coronavirus crisis, which has inspired researchers and entrepreneurs to accelerate the development of tools and technologies that might be useful in containing the virus or mitigating its effects.
BreathResearch of Walnut Creek, Calif., is developing a system that would allow doctors to detect and track the progression of respiratory disease by recording and analyzing the sound of a patient’s breathing.
In early June, BreathResearch agreed to merge with AireHealth Inc., a health company focused on respiratory diseases.
Recently, AireHealth announced a merger with BreathResearch, a respiratory healthcare company based in Silicon Valley that specializes in detection and monitoring of respiratory diseases. The company has developed a portable spirometer that can be used to measure lung health. The technology involves analyzing breathing sounds and lung flow volumes using AI and machine learning to recognize changes in a respiratory condition.
This technology will be merged with that of AireHealth to form VitalBreath, a virtual care platform for respiratory illness. The system encompasses disease monitoring, including a lung health score based on 35 different biomarkers, drug delivery, and patient apps that aim to increase patient engagement and medication adherence.
Medgadget had the opportunity to talk to Stacie Ruth, AireHealth Co-Founder and CEO, about this technology.
AireHealth, maker of an FDA-cleared portable nebulizer that pairs with a smartphone app for remote monitoring, announced Friday the acquisition of fellow respiratory health company BreathResearch. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
AireHealth already looks to set itself apart with patient-facing digital features and adherence tracking. The new combined offering, VitalBreath powered by BreathResearch, appears to be strengthening the virtual care platform's capabilities so that it can support early detection of respiratory decline.
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That’s why on March 30, AireHealth announced it was eager to help support the national effort to stem the impacts of the novel Coronavirus, putting out a call for collaborators to help apply the firm’s technology to help coronavirus patients.
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The virus, which had infected more than 1.06 million people worldwide and 9,585 people in Florida as of April 3, has stressed health care systems around the globe. It’s created a demand for medical supplies, especially masks and ventilators. It’s also caused companies around the world — including several in Central Florida — to shift their businesses and produce medical equipment.
While many companies are reeling as the pandemic forces businesses to shutter and the economy to slow, other firms are seeing a new use for their products and equipment. That includes medical tech firm AireHealth Inc., CEO Stacie Ruth told Orlando Business Journal. “When there’s something this big, it creates as much opportunity as it does a crisis.”
As the daughter of two business owners, AireHealth CEO and Co-Founder Stacie Ruth knew she wanted to make her mark on the world of business in her own way. Once she found a passion for health care, she knew the business side of the industry would be her calling and soon zeroed in on the production and commercialization of medical products. With the creation of the AireHealth connected nebulizer and Asthma App, Ruth hopes to do the same with her own product. Here, she discusses how and why she founded AireHealth and how tech changes the landscape for sustainable health care.
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