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Philips launches patient monitor in USA

Steve Rogerson
January 30, 2018



Dutch giant Philips has launched a patient monitoring system in the USA. The enterprise-wide system consists of bedside, transport, mobile and central station monitoring technology backed by consulting, training, service and customer support, including product support and expert services.
 
The offering uses the IntelliVue X3, a transport monitor with smartphone-style operation released last year. By harmonising monitoring system updates and improved service agreements, it is designed to help clinicians improve patient care, drive clinical performance and assist health systems in lowering costs.
 
When patients are admitted to the hospital, they are frequently transferred between departments, which can make it difficult for healthcare professionals to obtain complete data from monitoring systems that operate independently of one another. Incomplete data not only limit clinicians' view into the patient's condition, but can put a patient's safety at risk.
 
In a recent Philips-sponsored study, results revealed patient safety is still a top concern for physicians and nurses in the USA. The results showed data were playing an increasingly important role in patient safety, with 74 per cent of physicians and nurses saying they believe lack of patient data during in-hospital transport is a risk to patients.
 
"The healthcare industry is making strides to address clinician pain points, but issues such as lack of complete patient data and exhaustive alarm fatigue still remain," said Felix Baader, business leader at Philips. "While challenges persist, there is an opportunity to improve and address the barriers that clinicians are currently facing with technology. We are aiming to provide clinicians with smarter alarms and seamless solutions to lower the chances of preventable adverse events, while helping them to improve patient care."
 
The IntelliVue X3 is a portable, dual-purpose monitor with intuitive smart-phone-style operation. With this monitor, there is no need for caregivers to change patient cables during transport or at bedside, allowing them to spend less time dealing with equipment and more time caring for the patient. With alarm fatigue a top concern for healthcare professionals, the patient monitor also includes IntelliVue bedside monitors with Alarm Advisor, a tool that tracks how clinicians respond to alarms and alerts them when set thresholds may be too sensitive.
 
The system captures a steady stream of detailed patient data from monitors and medical devices, and feeds this securely into the hospital's EMR for virtually gap-free patient records from admission to discharge, even during transport. The integrated product fits securely into health systems' existing IT environment, delivering vital signs, waveforms and alarms directly to caregivers.
 
By incorporating these clinical decision support tools and algorithms, caregivers have better visibility into a patient's changing condition. All Philips bedside, transport and mobile monitors share the same look, feel and interface for consistency and to reduce complexity, accelerate care, making it easier for clinicians to provide the best quality care throughout patients' transports around the hospital.
 
The patient monitor has recently received 510(k) clearance in the USA.