Medical Robotics - Robovent

Despite advancements in sensing and control capabilities of modern ventilators, rural hospitals and overloaded healthcare centers can face difficulty in hiring enough skilled medical caregivers to provide effective care. Transferring a critically ill patient to a hospital with sufficient staff additionally results in a worse patient outcome.

As a joint effort sourcing experts in pulmonary care, biomedical engineering, and robotics from CMU and Pitt, our team has developed a prototype to address these challenges. Robovent is a low-cost ventilation system with telemedicine support initially created in response to healthcare strains highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Expanding on this work through active research in ventilation control systems, tele-critical data collection, machine learning, and other respiratory support hardware, we intend to improve the overall efficacy of respiratory care through the creation of modular medical technologies.