Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Masimo launches remote monitoring device that aids patient mobility

Iain Morris
July 30, 2014
 
Medical device maker Masimo has announced a limited market release for a new wearable wireless monitor designed to maximize freedom of movement while alerting patients and healthcare providers to changes in vital signs.

Branded the Radius-7, the device can be attached to a patient’s arm or placed alongside the patient in his or her bed.

It has been designed to monitor the full range of vital signs, including oxygen saturation, pulse rate, respiration rate and hemoglobin levels, which can indicate pulmonary, cardiac or internal bleeding problems.

Because it does not have to be disconnected or reconnected when a patient gets in or out of bed, the Radius-7 is said to reduce the need for nursing assistance.

It is also compatible with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies, allowing patients to be continuously monitored and connected to caregivers wherever they are in a hospital.

Masimo (Irvine, CA, USA) says it developed the product in response to studies indicating that patient mobility is a key factor in more rapid patient recovery.

“With this new technology we have made another important step to improve patient safety,” said Caroline Stade, chief nursing officer at University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB) in Basel, Switzerland. “Children can be cared for and move about as they are able, while remaining under seamless, clinical surveillance.”

“This makes parents, and of course, nurses and clinicians, feel better about the quality of care offered to our pediatric patients,” she added.

Joe Kiani, Masimo’s chief executive, says wearable patient monitoring in the past offered only limited measurements that were often plagued by false alarms, prompting Masimo to begin work on the Radius-7.

“Radius-7 allows untethered clinically relevant patient monitoring,” he said. “We expect Radius-7 … to change how hospitals think about monitoring, ushering in a new level of patient safety.”
 
 
Other News
 
GTX's Goal: Empower a New Era of Personal Location Services and Wearable Technology
 
GTX Corp provides wearable technology incorporating miniaturised devices for tracking people and valuables.  
Read Full Story>>
 
Wireless Mesh Technology Used in Life Saving Application

Low power consumption and low cost of the Zigbee modules have provided an alternative to wired systems, also the ease of retrofitting in buildings where running cables would be disruptive and time consuming.
Read Full Story>>