Certainly one of Hong Kong’s largest property builders, Sino Group, by its philanthropic arm Ng Teng Fong Charitable Basis, has began distributing 500 models of a distant monitoring system by Belun Expertise Firm to residential care properties dealing with gentle COVID-19 circumstances.
The group partnered with the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) and the Social Welfare Division to ship Belun’s remoVital distant monitoring system. Its main shareholder, the Ng Household, is an early investor of the native medical gadget maker.
WHAT IT DOES
Belun remoVital options the AI-powered Belun ring that measures oxygen saturation and pulse fee, amongst others. It additionally consists of a physique temperature probe and a communication hub. The system gives real-time alerts when affected person parameters transcend a pre-set threshold.
WHY IT MATTERS
The Belun gadgets will facilitate the monitoring and follow-ups of COVID-stricken aged and other people with disabilities residing in residential care properties. In response to a press launch, its distribution might be accomplished by mid-March.
“With environment friendly distant monitoring, carers can help residents in a well timed method. Each help counts as we fight COVID-19 as one neighborhood,” stated Daryl Ng, director of the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Basis.
“The distant well being monitoring system helps the care properties monitor sufferers’ well being circumstances, enabling them to offer well timed help to the sufferers when vital, and higher protects the well being of residents,” HKCSS Chairman Bernard Chan additionally commented.
THE LARGER CONTEXT
Hong Kong is at the moment experiencing a “very dire epidemic scenario,” the town authorities stated, as COVID circumstances rise from lots of to 1000’s within the first two months of the yr as a result of highly-transmissible Omicron variant. Hospital beds are actually at 90% occupancy whereas isolation amenities are almost full.
In the present day, Hong Kong officers invoked emergency powers to allow the entry of well being staff from mainland China to help the town in battling the current outbreak. Whereas most of its inhabitants have been vaccinated towards COVID-19 – round 76% have been totally inoculated – the speed among the many aged stays low with solely 45% of residents aged 70 and above getting the total doses.