A special thank you to Elaine He, Sourcing Manager at Shanghai Berry, for sharing with us a deep look into Shanghai Berry.
It is no secret that the global shortage of medical resources has recently been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Many countries are particularly suffering from a large gap between the doctor-patient ratio: Take Germany, which sees 42 licensed physicians per 10,000 population. Numbers get more drastic in China: 20 licensed physicians per 10,000 population, which translates to a doctor-patient ratio of 1 doctor per 500 patients. *
This global shortage of healthcare professionals coupled with the growing need for accurate medical monitoring in the last year made Chinese-based company Shanghai Berry aware that they had just what the medical industry needed: wireless medical monitoring devices like the Fingertip Pulse Oximeter.
Providing Innovative Remote Medical Monitoring
Founded in 2003, Shanghai Berry offers advanced medical monitoring, focusing on non-invasive blood pressure calculation, oxygen saturation detection, and multi-parameter monitoring systems. Their products are extremely valuable for a wide range of consumers – from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who need to monitor their oxygen saturation (SpO2) levels, to people who simply want to better track their overall health condition. Shanghai Berry also prides itself on putting R&D first – everything they do is based on their in-house research and development.
Affordable Medical Monitoring Devices Make Health Services Accessible to All
Shanghai Berry believes that their products can help address the drastic doctor-patient gap in countries like China, as people are empowered to take health into their owns hands. For instance, their Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, can not only provide instant and remote medical monitoring but safely store patients’ data so it can be shared with physicians, caregivers or even a family member. Having the option of continuously monitoring and sharing the health condition, without the need of hospital visits for patients, frees up valuable medical resources for other patients in need. Increasing the quality and accessibility of healthcare is Shanghai Berry’s contribution to the United Nation Sustainable Development goal of “Good Health and Well-being:” they leverage IoT advancements in medical devices to address the global shortage of medical resources.
Shanghai Berry has seen great success with their wireless monitoring devices across all age groups: the product can monitor the respiratory activity of children while asleep and alert parents if there is abnormal activity. Shanghai Berry’s technology has – in the literal sense of the word – saved lives.
Wearables Are Getting Smaller, but Are They Also Getting Smarter?
But as powerful as their technology is, Shanghai Berry faced the same design challenges as most consumer IoT companies: balancing the ever-growing demand for smaller, portable technology with the constant need of wireless devices to transmit data. In other words – creating affordable low-power wearables without compromising the device’s accuracy.
After testing numerous wireless solutions, Shanghai Berry decided on Silicon Labs’ BG22 for their Fingertip Pulse Oximeter due the reliable wireless performance, affordable price, and – most importantly – low power consumption, which translates to long battery life. These attributes allow for Shanghai Berry to focus on what matters most: accurate performance tracking in their products that sets them apart from competitors.
Adoption of Remote Medical Monitoring Devices
As data storing and cloud technology becomes more mundane, so do the electronics that leverage these – such as medical devices – and people get more comfortable with taking advantage of technological innovation to improve their health and well-being. While most of their products are currently sold to distributors and hospital systems, Shanghai Berry is hopeful that they will evolve to B2C in the next 5 to 10 years as more consumers adopt wearable and tracking technology by the day.
For more information on Shanghai Berry, visit shberrymed.com.
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*World Health Statistics 2018, World Health Organization, https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/272596/9789241565585-eng.pdf