(Jogyakarta, 8/5/2020). Polytechnic Institute of Nuclear Technology (STTN) is one of the 17 teams that received an award from the Ministry of Research and Technology/BRIN, through the Covid-19 Innovation Ideathon program, with the theme "Indonesia Gotong Royong Protects the Nation from COVID-19". Ayu Jati Puspitasari, a young STTN lecturer with a team of students consisting of Arya Nicosa and Dian Bayu Prakarsa submitted her proposal entitled Monitoring System for Respiratory Levels & Oxygen Saturation (SpO2) and Integrated Oxygen Regulator Control System with Internet of Things (IoT) Technology for Patient Care Covid-19.

The announcement of the recipient of the Covid-19INA IDEAthon award was delivered directly by Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro, as Minister of Research and Technology/Head of National Agency for Research and Technology, today, May 8, 2020 via an online broadcast. Since its opening on April 13, 2020, Covid-19INA IDEAthon has received 5590 best product/ program proposals from science and technology activists, students, industry experts, and the public. Selected 17 winners will receive awards and funding from the Ministry of Research and Technology/BRIN through the LPDP (Rispro award) from all submitted proposals.

Ayu Jati expressed her gratitude and happiness for being one of the winners who could contribute ideas for handling the Covid-19 pandemic which is currently hitting Indonesia in particular. "The hope is that we can immediately implement the idea, given the current pandemic period and there are large-scale social restrictions in several areas. And of course this is a challenge in itself," she explained when contacted after the announcement took place.

In her research, Ayu Jati and her team said that Corona Virus Disease 19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus will develop respiratory diseases. Respiratory monitoring and oxygen therapy are important for Covid-19 patients. It is necessary to develop a monitoring system for respiratory rate and oxygen saturation (SpO2), as well as regulatory control on oxygen therapy for Covid-19 patients. In the midst of limited medical personnel and personal protective equipment, the proposed monitoring and control system idea can be combined with Internet of Things (IoT) technology, so that monitoring of respiratory conditions and oxygen regulator control can be carried out by medical personnel remotely. Respiratory monitoring and oxygen regulator control are integrated into one system.

This respiratory monitoring system (respiratory rate and oxygen saturation) and oxygen regulator control can be used in the treatment of mild-moderate or moderate-severe Covid-19 patients. The IoT technology utilized in this system can help the medical team to save energy and reduce the time to interact with patients directly, so as to reduce the risk of transmission and save the use of PPE. She further explained that this research was a development from the previous year's research. (tek)