by John R. Fischer
, Senior Reporter | January 08, 2019
Hill-Rom Holdings has wheeled out LINQ mobile, a smartphone application designed to strengthen communication among members of care teams.
The app connects members of teams to one another, as well as to their patients and to patient information in real time.
"As Hill-Rom expands the breadth of our digital communications portfolio and the information we can deliver, the LINQ mobile app will become an essential tool for caregivers around the world," John Groetelaars, president and CEO of Hill-Rom, said in a statement. "We're excited for caregivers to see the enormous value of having real-time access to critical patient information and more efficient communication with their team members."
The app is accessible through an easy-to-use, scalable platform that integrates staff and patient interactions with clinical systems and patient data for enhanced communication, collaboration, compliance and efficiency.
It also streamlines IT infrastructure and management, and expands its capabilities over time to continuously add value to the workflow and care of providers.
"The LINQ mobile app has greatly improved the patient experience. We have more time at the bedside, and can make sure patient needs are being met in a timely manner," said Andrea Hill, director of Inpatient Services, North Carolina Specialty Hospital. "It's all about saving time. We have seen an improvement in response times since we started using the LINQ mobile app, and patient satisfaction scores have increased."
The launch follows a recent one by Hill-Rom and EarlySense in the form of patient monitoring technology for Centrella Smart+ bed platform. The partnership combines EarlySense's continuous contact-free heart rate and respiratory rate sensing and analytics technology with Hill-Rom's Centrella Smart+ bed platform, enabling continuous monitoring
of a patient's heart and respiratory rates over 100 times per minute without having to touch or physically disturb the patient.
Now available in the U.S. and Canada, the system is expected to be accessible to providers in Europe and other regions of the world at some point this year.