The goal is to help quickly scale the production and distribution of life-saving ventilators amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), Google, and other industry alliances and partners developed the new platform pro-bono. In addition to the AIA’s more than 300 high-tech members, more than 50 companies – including Stanley Black & Decker and Arrow Electronics – have contributed as suppliers to VentConnect.
“The medical technology industry is stepping up to meet the unprecedented demand from hospitals and patients across the country for ventilators,” AdvaMed CEO Scott Whitaker said yesterday in a news release.
“Our companies have added shifts, started new production lines, and hired new workers so that soon our capacity will be tenfold what it was before the pandemic. But to keep producing these life-saving devices, our member companies need a steady stream of key components from beyond the normal supply chain, and that’s where this new online platform developed with the AIA and Google will be of tremendous value. We thank the Aerospace Industries Association for their creativity in striking up this collaboration — and we thank Google for so generously offering to build this valuable, powerful resource pro bono.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced contracts worth billions of dollars to boost the nation’s supply of ventilators amid the pandemic.