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Wellstar signs up to use Sensiotec remote monitoring platform

Iain Morris
September 17, 2014
Healthcare provider Wellstar has begun using Sensiotec’s Virtual Medical Assistant technology to better supervise patients in its care.

Virtual Medical Assistant (VMA) is a remote monitoring platform that allows healthcare providers to monitor patients’ heart and respiratory rates, torso and limb movements and bed occupancy without the need for electrodes or tape.

In a statement, biosensor company Sensiotec (Atlanta, GA, USA) said the new partnership would help to accelerate commercial adoption of the technology.

Sensiotec claims that VMA is “scalable, high value, low cost, location-agnostic” and capable of capturing large data sets over long periods of time to identify trends that can be used to support early intervention.

The system uses a thin sensor panel that will slide under a mattress, bed or chair and send continuous vital signs and motion data – using a fully integrated patient monitoring platform – to any number of nurses’ stations, tablets or smartphones.

It can identify whether a patient is experiencing deteriorating heart and respiratory readings, is a fall risk or requires ulcer prevention management, says Sensiotec.

Moreover, its built-in patient management tools will allow a caregiver to establish “norms” for each patient and set customized visual and audible alerts.

Because there are no electrodes attached to the skin, VMA is intended to maximize comfort while providing clinical documentation and increasing labor productivity.

Sensiotec claims that in some cases it will even help to increase hospital revenues.

Wellstar (Metro Atlanta, GA, USA) says it chose to with Sensiotec because of VMA’s potential to improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs across the “care continuum”.

The organization plans to test VMA in a range of clinical settings, including sleep labs, pediatric units, cardiac rehab home care and nursing home resident monitoring.

“Virtual Medical Assistant is an innovative way to tackle a challenge that many healthcare providers face,” said Steven Framie, a project manager for CHT, a Wellstar subsidiary. “With accurate, non-contact sensors, VMA could be deployed into countless settings, providing valuable and even life-saving patient information.”
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