by Lisa Chamoff
, Contributing Reporter | May 09, 2022
From the May 2022 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
Patient monitors are key equipment in any hospital, but facilities’ needs change over time.
The systems on the market are scalable and customizable depending on the care setting, whether it’s the ICU or labor and delivery.
Here’s a look at the latest from several manufacturers.
GE Healthcare recently expanded its Mural Virtual Care Solution into the labor and delivery space.
The cloud-based solution aggregates real-time clinical data from clinical systems and medical devices at the bedside and generates analytics and insights depending on the care area, so that the clinical teams can take specific action to improve clinical outcomes. In the labor and delivery space, this means providing the real-time status of various maternal risk factors, such as hypertension, hemorrhage and oxytocin management, configured to the hospital’s protocols.
“We generate those actionable insights to reduce the response times for the clinical teams to intervene proactively, so that they can adhere to those hospital-defined protocols,” said Sadiq Syed, general manager for digital business within Life Care Solutions at GE Healthcare. “That's done real-time instead of as a retrospective analysis a month later, or two weeks later, when they would see that early intervention could have made sense.”
The solution is vendor-agnostic and can be deployed in a facility with medical equipment from other vendors.
“Research has shown that a 10% increase in compliance with recommended care protocols could be potentially linked to almost a 14% reduction in the risk of death,” Syed said. “If we can help the healthcare providers deploy this capability, we'll move the needle on the maternal health outcomes for patients.”
Infinium Medical is releasing the Omega series patient monitors. The Omega is a high-acuity, modular patient monitor designed for hospital use in the OR, post-surgical care area or ICU. It will perform standard vital signs measurement plus 12-lead ECG monitoring, cardiac output, anesthetic gas measurements and BIS.
“The Omega will be a higher-quality build based on much more modern software and hardware technology platforms,” said Suleyman Bilgutay, managing partner of Infinium Medical.
The series is expected to be available in 2023.
Infinium Medical has also worked on moving its manufacturing to its Florida facility, achieving the goal of manufacturing all Infinium monitoring products in the U.S.
“Our core market’s really in the outpatient surgery market,” Bilgutay said. “So we wanted to offer a high-quality, U.S.-made monitor at a low cost, and that's where our focus was over the last few years, and we were able to accomplish that.”