Recovering from respiratory ailments such as pneumonia is not exactly fun and games. A new, innovative respiratory therapy system, however, which helps patients with respiratory therapy, is designed to be exactly that — a fun game.
Memphis-based Compliant Games, which has developed a respiratory therapy system that uses video games as part of the system, and helps pediatric and nursing home patients comply with respiratory therapy requirements, has been presented with the latest Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award.
Compliant Games is “channeling the healing power of children’s video games,” say the developers, with a system that improves adherence to respiratory therapies by patients. The system transforms common respiratory therapy tools into low-cost telemetry (wireless transmission and monitoring) instruments for doctors and their patients.
How does it work? The patient watches and follows along with a video game exercise on an iPad or other computer tablet. When prompted, the patient breathes through an air tube that wirelessly interacts with the game. Active, in-game feedback reinforces correct technique for the patient.
The Compliant Games respiratory therapy system is built around four components: AirLane, a hardware adapter that works with the patient’s respiratory device, the DragonKeeper video game that interacts with the patient, ClinicBox cloud-based data storage and analytics, and the AirRN mobile app for clinicians and caregivers. The adapter houses the electronics and digitizes the patient’s airway flow through the respiratory device. This telemetry is sent via Bluetooth to the mobile devices for review and analysis by the clinicians. The video games use this data to provide the in-game feedback that reinforces the correct technique. The telemetry is then stored on the servers, which process the data to provide a measure of patient compliance.
Shane Luttrell, founder of Compliant Games, says developers are using the Cool Idea! Award manufacturing grant for various custom prototype parts such as injection-molded airway tubes and other components.
“Injection molded parts are actually a very big deal for us,” Luttrell says, because parts that are molded from conventional compliant resins using injection molding “are more likely to meet regulatory requirements of institutional review boards than other prototype processes.”
Developers plan to formally launch the product in Q2 of 2016.
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