From alarm management to AI, patient monitoring gets a facelift

by Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | February 10, 2020
Patient Monitors
From the January/February 2020 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Beaumont Health in Michigan leverages DCMU for several of its facilities. Each technician, including the DCMU staff, is equipped with a comprehensive communications platform called Mobile Heartbeat that enables technicians, nurses and doctors to collaborate via either a mobile device or desktop app.

Ajay Parkhe
“The overall theme is that if we bring together as much data on the patient as possible, clinicians can make better decisions,” said Ajay Parkhe, general manager GE Healthcare Monitoring Solutions. “EMRs are still focused on documentation and legal coverage, less on clinician decision support. In the future, data liquidity will improve, and the focus will be on better decision making.”

For Philips, addressing alarm management means working with hospitals and clinics to understand workflow and processes that help define the right staff responses to these alerts.

Peter Ziese
“We support clinical change management with our professional services and enable staff with data by leveraging alarm data, analytics and audit logs exported from our systems,” said Peter Ziese, business leader of monitoring analytics at Philips.

The company offers a clinical decision support tool called Alarm Advisor that provides feedback on how clinicians are responding to each alarm. By tracking silencing behavior, it can alert the clinician when a patient’s warning system is too sensitive because their threat threshold might not be set properly.

Integrating patient monitors with the EHR
Interoperability has emerged as a holy grail in healthcare. Getting disparate systems to communicate and play nice with each other is a departure from how solutions were historically developed, but manufacturers have heard the call. Ultimately, interoperability breaks down antiquated silos and allows providers to get patient data from one place to another in a way that fits their workflow.

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