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HANYS and Vyv partner to bring continuous antimicrobial protection to healthcare environments

Partnership to advance innovative technologies to help New York state healthcare facilities address clinically-relevant organisms and viruses

Rensselaer, NY, Apr. 12, 2021 ­– The Healthcare Association of New York State, Inc. today announced a strategic relationship with, and investment in, Vyv, a New York-based health technology company. The HANYS-Vyv partnership advances a new approach to infection control and prevention by making interior environments continuously inhospitable to viruses, bacteria, endospores and other organisms.

Vyv’s continuous-use, antimicrobial white light LED technology and HANYS’ clinical solutions and healthcare quality improvement expertise will boost both organizations’ abilities to champion new ways to address sources of healthcare-associated infections, antibiotic resistance and infection prevention/control. Healthcare organizations prioritize controlling sources of infections within their facilities and patient populations, while ensuring robust antibiotic stewardship programs. Vyv’s newly confirmed efficacy for viruses, deployed in overhead lighting, provides an important advancement to the antimicrobial tools available to healthcare facilities.

Vyv’s technology has proven success in diverse environments, generating extensive microbial reductions by continually dosing healthcare settings with UV-free, antimicrobial light. Vyv’s high quality white antimicrobial lights multitask to kill* organisms while also illuminating the space during care delivery. Vyv and HANYS are committed to making this technology accessible to all healthcare organizations by offering multiple delivery models, such as Vyv’s new Environmental Wellness Program, a “Dosage-As-A-Service” subscription model. Both organizations will meet healthcare establishments where they have the greatest needs and support continued improvements in infection control as their needs evolve.

“Vyv’s patented non-UV light technology provides a proven foundational layer for protecting healthcare environments non-stop, 24/7, against bacteria, viruses and other microbes,” said Courtney Burke, chief operating and innovation officer, HANYS. “As advocates for continued excellence in quality healthcare across New York state, we see the possibilities for addressing these microbial challenges even more effectively with the help of technologies like those offered by Vyv.”

“Vyv is seeing a continued rapid adoption throughout healthcare environments focused on combating microbes that cause HAIs, from acute and long-term care facilities to therapeutic settings and physicians’ offices,” said Colleen Costello, CEO and co-founder, Vyv. “Our partnership with HANYS enables us to jointly bring both technology and perhaps a new way of thinking to where it’s needed most. With HANYS’ deep understanding of the many challenges facing healthcare providers today, our partnership creates a pathway to new and improved health tech solutions that address the critical needs of healthcare institutions and providers.”

Vyv’s UV-free antimicrobial lighting meets international standards for continuous and unlimited use around people. With its proven antimicrobial effect and the ability to use these lights constantly in the presence of patients and staff, Vyv antimicrobial light technology brings important benefits to all healthcare facilities:

  • enhancing infection prevention efforts with its unique, continuous antimicrobial capabilities for environments such as common spaces and areas where medical procedures are performed;
  • combating microbial colonization by preventing bacterial growth;
  • taking direct aim at spores like C. difficile, among others, which are notoriously difficult to eradicate from surfaces;
  • delivering effective results against viruses on surfaces, as evidenced in Vyv’s newly expanded claim set;
  • supporting antibiotic stewardship by helping reduce the total amount of organisms within the environments; and
  • improving both patients’ and staff’s sense of well-being, knowing that their healthcare environment is constantly protected.

HANYS encourages healthcare providers interested in learning more about Vyv’s antimicrobial non-UV lighting solutions to contact the association.

About HANYS

The Healthcare Association of New York State is New York’s statewide hospital and continuing care association, representing nonprofit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies and other healthcare organizations. HANYS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the health of individuals and communities by providing leadership, representation and service to healthcare providers and systems across the entire continuum of care.

About Vyv

Vyv is a health tech company and patent holder of a new kind of continuous antimicrobial protection. Vyv, formerly Vital Vio, offers proprietary non-UV antimicrobial LED technology that creates environments inhospitable to bacteria, fungi, yeast, mold and mildew and, most recently, viruses. Unlike UV-C light, Vyv meets international standards for continual and unlimited use around people, animals and plants in homes, public places and across industries. As overhead lighting, Vyv can be found in healthcare facilities; food manufacturing and services; travel and hospitality; retail, commercial and public buildings; and many other places. Vyv technology is highly flexible and is designed into an assortment of commercial and consumer products and applications. For more information, visit vyv.tech.

*Testing on a non-enveloped virus (MS2 bacteriophage) showed a 99.985% reduction in controlled laboratory testing in 6 hours on surfaces. Results may vary depending on the amount of light that is reaching the surfaces in the space where the product is installed and the length of time of exposure.