JUPE is selling these units to both public and private organizations in the US, with preference going to the most heavily-impacted areas first. JUPE also has a smaller unit called the “REST” that provides doctors and nurses with sleeping quarters while out in the field — an aspect that’s too often overlooked.
Dr. Esther Choo, CHIEF MEDICAL ADVISOR, JUPE HEALTH – an emergency medicine physician and health services researcher based in Portland, Oregon.
Why deploying mobile rooms for Healthcare workers and quarantined patients should be our top priority
NEW YORK, NY and TEXAS — MARCH 26, 2020 — Jupe, Inc., a flat-packed housing startup built for crisis and disaster response, today announced JUPE Health, a rapid-deployment recovery space designed for healthcare workers and quarantined patients. As U.S. hospitals brace for the future of the coronavirus, reaching capacity is one of the most critical issues healthcare workers face. JUPE Health aims to be an immediate response for a workforce that needs to stay near the hospital and for the anticipated flood of sick and recovering patients. JUPE Health units are equipped with mobile bedding,technology, and amenities to support long-term containment efforts.
JUPE Health is a first-of-its-kind model, designed by both physicians and patients to optimize and increase care capacity. A patent-pending, internet-of-things enabled, all JUPE treatment spaces include abed and are network-ready with air monitoring, climate control, and noise-reducing technologies. With most short-term healthcare efforts focused on dwindling medical supplies and masks, JUPE moved quickly in prototyping three health units with foresight into the capacity crisis, bringing mobile solutions forward for the places of highest need.
JUPE Health Units Include:
JUPE REST: A rest area and sleeping unit for medical professionals.
JUPE CARE: An off-grid deployable recovery unit for non-critical COVID-19 patients
JUPE PLUS: A stand-alone ‘light intensive care unit’ for patients in critical care.
Designed for easy mobility for the most vulnerable areas, JUPE Health can deploy up to 24 units with a single 40’ flatbed and heavy-duty pickup truck to both rural and urban areas. Up to 500,000 can deploy ona single cargo ship. With hospitals being pushed to their limits, JUPE units provide a long-term solution to help ease and maintain surge capacity.
The potential for space shortages could put all of our medical professionals at great risk. The JUPE REST unit allows healthcare workers whose health remains compromised due to exposure to the coronavirus a safe space away from their families while treating patients to prevent further outbreak. The JUPE CARE unit allows non-critical patients the opportunity to recover in a space equipped with a clean toilet, sink,and showers. The JUPE PLUS unit provides a remote ICU station with a full hospital bed and additional ventilation equipment for those patients in critical care.
“The significant shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), equipment – like ventilators – combined with the massive cost of quickly building the infrastructure and managing a hospital bedroom, which is about $1 million per unit all-in, is a massive undertaking. Hospitals can’t tackle it all rapidly enough, even once the federal government’s aid package kicks in,” said Dr. Esther Choo, Chief Medical Advisor, JUPE Health. “The health system has many overlapping needs right now, and cannot function well without all the pieces in place. We’re working to plug one of the more complex gaps.”
“Having worked for decades in crisis situations, it is vital to put your health facilities where the epidemic is spreading. Having highly deployable recovery units gives us the best chance of fighting COVID-19 and to support our front line medical professionals,” said Cameron Sinclair, Chief Humanitarian Advisor, JUPE Health, and TED prize winner for developing mobile health clinics and community-led disaster response.
“I’ve spent a good part of my life thinking about the quantum leap needed to solve for what should be a basic human right: dignified housing. This leap will ultimately be about team, tech, and timing,” said Dr. Jeff Wilson, CEO of Jupe. “Never before has a team of rocket-engineers, car-designers, architects, humanitarians, medical doctors, IOT-experts, and boutique hoteliers come together around a mission like this. Never before has the housing industry leveraged auto, space and software technology. Never before has the timing been more utterly critical than today.”
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, JUPE Health is positioned to rapidly alleviate containment and care capacity issues related to physical space limitations. JUPE is led by internationally recognized health advocate and physician Dr. Esther Choo (of #GetMePPE, Equity Quotient), humanitarian designer Cameron Sinclair of (AirBnB, Architecture for Humanity, Worldchanging), and modular housing innovator Jeff Wilson (Kasita, Dumpster Project). The extended JUPE team includes multidisciplinary assembled experts across the technology, architecture, medical, auto design, and hospitality industries. Together, the team will guide the design, development, build and deployment of the first portable hospital units designed for and by doctors and patients.
Today, JUPE is releasing a call-to-action to help alleviate the need for emergency healthcare shelter and care units. JUPE Health is seeking institutional partners for delivery of batches of 24 units and all-star players to help build the future of humane healthcare for those who need it most.
To learn more about Jupe, Inc., please visit https://jupe.com/.
DR. ESTHER CHOO
CHIEF MEDICAL ADVISOR, JUPE HEALTH
Esther Choo is an emergency medicine physician and health services researcher based in Portland, Oregon. She co-founded Equity Quotient, a company that conducts assessments of healthcare company culture and was a founding member of TIME’S UP Healthcare, which addresses inequity and sexual harassment in the healthcare industry. She is a popular health communicator who writes for NBC Think and Self magazine, has a regular column for The Lancet focused on health disparities, and appears as a medical expert on CNN and MSNBC.
About Jupe, Inc.
Jupe, Inc., is a flat-packed modular housing technology startup built for easy mobility and rapid deployment, including crisis and disaster response. Using technology inspired by the auto and space industry, every recovery unit is surrounded by flat-packed modular patent-pending interchangeable chassis that enables flexibility in unit configuration. Designed by a coalition of veteran healthcare professionals, frontline ICU and ER physicians, architects, crisis response experts, auto designers, and space engineers, Jupe units are built to provide quick and cost-effective solutions to those 100M+ persons displaced by crisis including natural disasters, refugee crises, and those experiencing homelessness.