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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


Dr. Peter Ziese, business leader for Monitoring and Analytics at Philips, said the devices provided a “safety net” to overcrowded hospitals.

The IntelliVue Patient Monitors MX750/MX850 and IntelliVue Active Displays AD75/AD85 offer advanced functionality and clinical decision support capabilities, such as Philips’ IntelliVue Horizon Trends information view, which shows deviations in vital signs, such as CO2 and heart rate, allowing timely intervention. The MX750 and MX850 also include enhancements to monitor and assess clinical and network device performance and additional functionalities to strengthen cybersecurity.

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Also last year, Philips released the wireless Avalon CL Fetal and Maternal Pod and Patch, an obstetrics monitoring solution to support pregnant patients during the pandemic.

Similarly, the company received emergency use authorization in Europe for its Healthdot wearable sensor, which allows patients to be monitored outside of the hospital. The device was tested on 50 Dutch patients when hospitals were at capacity. By using the Healthdot, they found that 45 patients could stay at home, preventing 90% of hospital admissions.

“This lets hospitals admit only the patients that need to be admitted,” Dr. Ziese said. “It can also help with discharge. I think it’s something that’s going to stay after the pandemic.”

Earlier this year, Philips announced that it was acquiring Capsule Technologies Inc., which provides medical device integration and data technologies for hospitals and healthcare organizations. Capsule’s Medical Device Information Platform, which is composed of device integration, vital signs monitoring and clinical surveillance services, connects almost all existing medical devices and EMRs in hospitals through a vendor-neutral approach, according to Philips.

“Caregivers have far more actionable insights,” Ziese said. ““For example, if oxygen saturation is dropping, they can see if there’s a disconnection of the ventilator. In 99% of cases, you have the cause. This integration of real-time information will help improve therapy and patient safety.”

Also this year, Philips completed the acquisition of BioTelemetry Inc., which provides remote cardiac diagnostics and monitoring. Dr. Ziese said the acquisition complements Philips' existing leading in-hospital monitoring portfolio with an out-of-hospital offering.

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