Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Philips kit monitors patients at Lakeland Health

Steve Rogerson
August 17, 2017

Lakeland Health in Michigan is to integrate the Philips IntelliVue Guardian with automated early warning scoring (EWS) at all three of its hospitals. The equipment contains software and intelligent clinical decision algorithms letting caregivers accurately obtain vital signs and seamlessly integrate validated patient data directly to the EHR, reducing human errors and saving time.
Forty per cent of unanticipated hospital deaths happen on the general ward, where it's hard to predict which patients to watch closely. Obtaining vital signs in real time using EWS allows clinicians to identify subtle signs of deterioration in a patient's condition at the point of care, hours before a potential adverse event occurs.
Since Lakeland Health first implemented the Dutch company’s patient monitoring technology in June 2016, the amount of rapid responses has increased significantly, with the number of cardiac and respiratory arrests decreasing by approximately 56 per cent.
"Patient safety with zero harm is our number one goal at Lakeland," said Arthur Bairagee, chief nursing informatics officer at Lakeland Health. "The IntelliVue Guardian has changed the way we work by eliminating potential transcription errors and also providing caregivers immediate access to patients' vital signs, reducing delays in treatment time. With the help of the Guardian, caregivers are immediately notified of changes in a patient's vital signs which may put them at risk for conditions such as sepsis, cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.”
Frequent monitoring with automated EWS allows caregivers and rapid response teams to respond earlier, in enough time to make a difference.
"Through the IntelliVue Guardian, we are aiming to change how clinicians work by providing them with the information they need at the moment they need it in order to intervene quickly," said Felix Baader, business leader for patient monitoring at Philips. "Having automated tools that provide a comprehensive view into a patient's condition not only aids in identifying potential patient deterioration earlier, but it also enhances workflow efficiencies by simplifying the medical documentation process and better utilising limited staff resources."
The latest version of IntelliVue Guardian software has been available in countries requiring the CE marking since October 2016, and available in the USA since early 2017.
Lakeland Health is a non-profit, community-owned health system, which includes three hospitals, an outpatient surgery centre, a cancer centre, rehabilitation centres, long-term care, hospice, home care services, and physician practices. It has more than 4000 employees who provide clinical and support services at locations throughout south-west Michigan, and partners with more than 450 affiliated physicians and other providers.