Aerobiosys Innovations Private Limited

IoT-enabled Ventilator

CURRENT IMPACT

As on August 2022

25

ventilators supplied to various health facilities

5,000

patients served through ventilator systems in intervention facilities

Geographical Focus
  • PAN India with focus
    on Tamil Nadu, Telangana,
    Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala
Potential Impact
  • Reach

    250,000

    lives

Samridh support

The financial assistance from SAMRIDH is enabling Aerobiosys to accelerate production of 200 ventilators and enhance their deployment across India in resource-constrained hospitals in semi-urban, tier 2/3/4 towns and rural areas. Government and small private hospitals with PMJAY and other government schemes will also be the focus area of the supply strategy. SAMRIDH also aims to enable the organization in mobilizing additional resources, building organisational capacity, conducting quality assurance and developing an expansion strategy, to generate greater impact on ground.

15
20
%

of COVID-19 patients experience severe and life-threatening shortness of breath

9,000

metric tonnes of medical oxygen, per day, was required during the second wave of COVID-19

COVID-19 patients with severe respiratory complications often require prolonged mechanical ventilation. Existing ventilators can weigh up to 30 kg, making them difficult to transport within the hospital. Moreover, they are very expensive, ranging between Rs 4-15 lakh, which is beyond the reach of many hospitals, and require extensive training before they can be used. A doctor must also check on ventilated patients every 30 minutes, which increases the risk of infection spreading to the medical staff.

Portable battery-operated ventilators

To save the lives of COVID-19 patients and safeguard healthcare providers, Aerobiosys Innovations – a start-up incubated at IIT Hyderabad’s Centre for Healthcare Entrepreneurship (CfHE) – has developed a low-cost, portable emergency-use ventilator called ‘Jeevan Lite’. Priced at just over INR 1 lakh per unit. Jeevan Lite utilizes an app-based mobile device with an IoT-enabled remote monitoring feature that efficiently controls the ventilator’s functions, thereby reducing caregiver exposure to hospital-acquired infections. Having centralized monitoring makes it easier to manage a pandemic-like situation, where hundreds of patients are waiting for ventilators.

The deployment of these ventilators will reduce the number of fatalities due to the lack of mechanical ventilation for COVID-19 patients. The design and features of Jeevan Lite comply with the requirements of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Director General Life Sciences, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Chairman, Technical Committee and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).