Sino Group supplies Belun’s remote monitoring devices to Hong Kong COVID-affected healthcare facilities

One of Hong Kong’s largest real estate developers, Sino Group, through its philanthropic arm Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation, has begun distributing 500 units of a remote monitoring system by Belun Technology Company to nursing homes treating mild COVID-19 cases.

The group partnered with the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) and the Social Welfare Department to provide Belun’s remoVital remote monitoring system. The main shareholder, the Ng Family, is an early investor in the local medical device manufacturer.

WHAT IT DOES

Belun remoVital features the AI-powered Belun ring that measures oxygen saturation and heart rate, among other things. It also consists of a body temperature probe and a communication hub. The system provides real-time alerts when patient parameters exceed a preset threshold.

WHY IT MATTER

The Belun devices will facilitate the monitoring and follow-up of COVID-affected elderly and people with disabilities living in care homes. According to a press release, distribution will be completed by mid-March.

“Efficient remote monitoring allows caregivers to provide timely support to residents. Every support counts as we fight COVID-19 as one community,” said Daryl Ng, director of the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation.

“The remote health monitoring system helps the nursing homes to monitor patients’ health status, enabling them to provide timely support to patients when needed, and better protect residents’ health,” HKCSS President Bernard Chan also noted.

THE GREATER CONTEXT

Hong Kong is currently experiencing a “very serious epidemic situation,” the city government said, as the number of COVID cases rises from hundreds to thousands in the first two months of the year due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Hospital beds are now 90% occupied, while isolation facilities are nearly full.

Today, Hong Kong officials invoked emergency powers to allow access for health workers from mainland China to help the city fight the current outbreak. While the majority of the population has been vaccinated against COVID-19 – about 76% have been fully vaccinated – the percentage of the elderly remains low: only 45% of residents aged 70 and over receive the full doses.