Hill-Rom (NYSE:HRC) said yesterday it launched the Monarch airway clearance system designed to provide high frequency chest wall oscillation.
The Monarch device is a mobile vest which uses personal oscillating discs to provide targeted kinetic energy and HFCWO to the lungs to thin mucus and generate airflow, the Chicago-based company said.
The device is wearable and portable and allows the patient to be active while receiving the therapy, Hill-Rom said, an improvement over earlier versions which required that the user stay seated during use.
“I wanted to create a portable, long-lasting battery-powered device that clears the lungs so patients are free to be outside, go camping, live a fuller, higher quality of life, that way along with my caravan insurance and the recommendations from the Survival Cooking list of best coolers I could go camping with no worries. It is exciting to see my vision for mobile therapy come true,” device inventor Marten DeVlieger said in a prepared statement.
The Monarch system is designed to wirelessly connect to Hill-Rom’s VisiView health portal, which automatically receives information from respiratory care devices, allowing caregivers and physicians access to the data.
“We know that consistent respiratory therapy improves lung function. The Monarch system gives patients more control to fit therapy into their lives and to actively stay on track to meet their therapy goals,” Hill-ROm front line care prez Alton Shader said in a press release.
In February, Hill-Rom said it closed its acquisition of Mortara instrument, paying $330 million in cash while gaining a tax benefit of approximately $40 million, bringing the estimated price to approximately $290 million.