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IoT Network Puts Defibrillator Management in Hands of Suppliers

With CardiLink's Medtech AED device-monitoring system, using Asavie IoT Connect, makers and suppliers of life-saving equipment can help customers manage the location and condition of each item automatically.
By Claire Swedberg
Nov 26, 2018

Medical device-monitoring technology startup CardiLink is selling a new solution to medical device manufacturers that enables the companies to sell a value-added service that tracks the location and status of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as they are deployed in public places and throughout corporate campuses. The solution employs Asavie's IoT Connect wireless connectivity technology to identify where devices are located, and to thereby understand whether or not AEDs are where they should be and are in good working order.

CardiLink's cloud-based software platform captures, stores and analyzes data regarding each AED. The technology can then be used to alert service personnel, provide schedules for maintenance or inspection, and inform security if an AED leaves the area. To date, a single global AED manufacturer, Cardia International A/S, in Denmark, is preparing to offer the service to its customers.

CardiLink was founded to enable connected medical devices, says Lars Wassermann, the company's CEO. The firm began offering its solution in May of this year, he says, initially targeting AED devices because of the need for greater control of these potential life-saving tools. Wassermann has a background in engineering and says he founded the company based on research he conducted with a local professor regarding gaps in medical device markets. Regulations in many parts of the world require that companies provide a history of their AED maintenance.

AEDs are electronic devices that can treat sudden cardiac arrest via the application of electricity to a patient's chest. They are typically mounted in many buildings and public spaces, for use in the event of a cardiac emergency. Most are never used, or rarely so, but when they are needed, an individual's life depends on them functioning properly. "It all comes down to maintenance," Wassermann says.

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