XENEX specializes in ultraviolet light technology-based infection reduction strategies. The company chose AT&T to connect its LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots which use intense pulsed xenon UV light to deactivate viruses, bacteria and spores on surfaces.
Equipping the XENEX robots with AT&T Internet of Things connectivity provides the data XENEX and hospitals need to optimize robot performance, reduce healthcare costs and optimize efforts to avoid infections as they work to provide additional levels of safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The data we receive from the robots is essential to our epidemiologists, researchers, and engineering team,” said XENEX CEO Paul Froutan. “Our ability to receive the data quickly and know that it is accurate is of utmost importance. It helps us analyze how our customers’ disinfection programs are performing, which can have a dramatic impact on their ability to reduce their infection rates. That data is provided to us through AT&T.”
Healthcare associated infections, which some patients contract while receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions, are the bane of hospitals and other healthcare facilities, according to XENEX. Keeping hospitals as germ-free as possible is a critical patient safety issue and an ongoing challenge. This reality has only been exacerbated during the COVID-19 crisis.
“IoT connectivity can play a critical role in healthcare and that’s never been more apparent than during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said AT&T SVP Advanced Solutions Chris Penrose. With the connectivity AT&T is providing, the XENEX robots, “through a single cloud-based platform, we can deliver visibility and agility – allowing XENEX the ability to dynamically adapt to a changing business.”
After physically cleaning rooms by changing the linens and removing trash and visible dirt, hospital staff turn on the XENEX robot and then leave the room. The droid-like robot creates intense flashes of pulsed xenon UV light that quickly destroy pathogens on surfaces that may have been missed during the manual cleaning process. A LightStrike robot can disinfect an entire patient room in as little as 10 minutes, according to the company.
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