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Infusion pumps are getting smarter and safer

by John W. Mitchell, Senior Correspondent | February 12, 2020
Infusion Pumps
From the January/February issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Shaul Eitan
Avoset Health plans to release an infusion pump in the European market for patient use at home. The AvosetGo will allow for excellent data collection and analytics, which fosters cost-effectiveness, and it's easy for patients to use in their homes, according to Shaul Eitan, CEO at Avoset Health. The pump can be programmed online and connected through a smartphone.

Avoset is part of a group of companies that specializes in the electronic delivery of drugs and medications and has more than 100,000 infusion pumps in use in 26 countries. The company’s workhorse infusion pump system, Sapphire, is for in-hospital use and for long-term ambulatory applications.

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“[Sapphire] is the perfect design for ambulatory care. It can be connected via Bluetooth through a phone. Caregivers can better help the patient at home, especially chronically ill patients,” said Eitan. “It can also be used both for subcutaneous or IV applications using a syringe, a bag, and in some cases, a vial.”

The home infusion pump market is growing nine to twelve percent globally per year, according to Eitan, who noted that the AvosetGo has an entry price point of about 70 percent less than other options. Preventive maintenance is also simplified, as diagnostic and correcting software for the AvosetGo is downloaded from the internet.

“The online app has a lot of information on what the pump is doing," Eitan explained. "We can look at patient compliance — are they getting their drug? If we see a trend in the pressure for chronic TPN patients, we believe we will be able to see the beginning of an occlusion.”

Integrated, smart and secure
As hackers continue to ramp up their interest in healthcare organizations, cybersecurity has become a top of mind concern among pump manufacturers.

Matthew Hutchings
“An event of note is the annual DEF CON Bio-Hacking Village Conference,” Hutchings said. “This has proved to be a very helpful industry event where we have brought our products to be assessed by white hat hackers looking to find a way into the network connectivity of our infusion pumps. The lessons learned and industry insights we’ve brought back each year have only made our products and team better.”

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