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Singapore pioneers new healthcare technology

Anushkar Mohinani | April 20, 2011
BreathOptics Technology, a first in the world, detects breathing movements of newborns with an accuracy of 83 per cent.

SINGAPORE, 20 APRIL 2011 – A new technology that can identify breathing difficulties and abnormal breathing patterns of new born babies has been developed and tested in Singapore. BreathOptics Technology uses a state-of-the-art fiber optic sensing technology to detect breathing cycles and movements of newborns.
 
BreathOptics Technology was developed for the healthcare industry by an electronics solutions provider Excelpoint Technology, through research by Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

The technology has been incorporated into a baby breath monitor, which assumes the form of an intelligent baby mat. It is intended to help mitigate parents’ concerns over the care of their newborns.

According to a statement by Excelpoint, some newborns suffer respiratory problems and the intelligent baby mat can be used at home to alert caregivers of any breathing difficulties or abnormal movements.

It has reportedly been test‐bedded in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) for a period of six months. 65 babies comprising 21 mature babies and 44 premature infants were tested. KKH clinical professor Victor Samuel Rajadurai who led the test said the device registered an accuracy of 83 per cent compared with manual testing.

The intelligent baby mat is expected to be available to consumers in the second half of this year.

 

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