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Patient monitors evolve during pandemic

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | May 17, 2021
Patient Monitors
From the May 2021 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

Hospitals relied heavily on patient monitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent product releases in this sector have responded to the needs brought to light over the course of 2020 and focus closely on flexible deployment of monitoring equipment, seamless data transfer and telehealth capabilities.

Here’s a look at what’s new from several manufacturers.

GE Healthcare
Last May, GE Healthcare saw the U.S. release of its CARESCAPE ONE acquisition device and transport monitor. The device, which had been released globally in 2019, acquires patient signals when both docked into the core monitoring platform and during patient transport.

The monitor includes the company’s FlexAcuity solution, which allows for flexibility and data continuity across multiple care areas. This was especially useful during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Neal Sandy, general manager for monitoring solutions at GE Healthcare.

“Traditionally, patients are monitored based on their location in hospital, not their condition,” Sandy said. “Acquisition capabilities were preconfigured to a monitor or a transport device as opposed to being configurable to a patient. There was no room in the ICU, but patients needed ICU-type care. Our solution allowed our customers to flex up.”

Getinge Torin
In April 2020, Getinge released its Torin OR management solution. Using what’s called Torin OptimalQ technology, the solution connects to the EMR. As changes happen, Torin lets other systems — including the sterile processing and billing departments, as well as referring physicians — know about them.

“All of these things tie together,” said Todd Brigance, director of sales and operations for integrated workflow solutions at Getinge. “It’s the link that connects all of these systems.”

The solution has helped hospitals and surgery centers manage the surgical backlog due to COVID-19, Brigance said.

“This is a very important piece for hospitals today,” Brigance said. It provides real-time data across system, so hospitals can do more with less and eliminate data silos.”

Infinium Medical
Infinium Medical is awaiting FDA approval on its Cleo Plus, a vital signs monitor designed for physician’s offices, with telehealth capabilities.

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