Medical response kit for cabin crew first responders to help with Covid-19 containment


A Scottish start-up that has launched a digital medical emergency response kit for cabin crew has won government funding to further development its product to help deal with Covid-19 patients.

Aiber communicates on-scene emergency data to professional clinical service providers anywhere in the world using secure cloud technology and guides cabin crew through emergency procedures. If there is no network connectivity Aiber  guides the responder with a series of steps and records all vital patient data for accurate incident reporting.

Aiber has been developed by MIME Technologies, a spin-out from the University of Aberdeen. The company has recently received almost £250,000 (US$325,000) in funding from the Scottish Government to help further develop technology that will support the aviation industry recover from the pandemic.

MIME Technologies is developing products that help non-medical professionals provide assistance first response situations when they are remotely located with no access to medical care. Its technology communicates detailed on-scene emergency data, such as the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, to professional medical services using secure cloud technology. 

Allowing aviation medical providers to see this on-scene data ensures they can make informed decisions about the passenger’s need for immediate medical attention, supporting inflight diversion decisions and ensuring that the handover into medical care is seamless.

Screenshot from Aiber device (Image: MIME Technologies)

Anne Roberts, CEO of MIME Technologies said, “It has never been more important for the aviation industry to provide clear guidance and reassurance that every effort is being made to prioritise the health of passengers and employees.

“As the industry begins to recover following Covid-19, commercial and private airlines can use our technology to do just that. It will also streamline contract costs to help manage decreased budgets and optimise support for cabin crew during medical emergencies.

The company, which received its first investment from Scottish angel syndicate Equity Gap, launched its aviation product earlier this year to support cabin crew first response at 40,000ft on commercial aircraft or private jets. 

Equity Gap director Fraser Lusty said, “Despite operating in a very difficult business environment, the team at MIME Technologies has shown considerable resilience through Covid-19 and continues to pursue opportunities to support customers who are under pressure to reduce contract costs as the aviation industry recovers. This award from the Scottish Government will enable the MIME team to refocus their sales strategy into other offshore markets as well as accelerate further innovations to their technology, building the business back stronger ahead of future funding rounds.”

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