Remote monitoring changing the face of clinical care

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Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust (CUH) implemented a fully integrated patient surveillance infrastructure. It is on Masimo’s Patient SafetyNetTM supplemental remote monitoring and clinician notification system.

Prof Afzal said the healthcare community understands the opportunities remote monitoring will unlock for patient care. Prof Afzal Chaudhry is the director of digital, CIO, and CCIO at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust. It is also on Halo ION™. This provides clinicians with a comprehensive, personalized, and continuous patient score.

Masimo’s Root device allows them to create a centralized patient monitoring and connectivity hub. A wide variety of sensor types monitor patients’ vital signs. It delivers enhanced, clear local displays to carers at the patient’s bedside. It also delivers remote monitoring capability to clinicians on mobile devices.

This degree of interoperability means the trust can extend the range of clinical input. It also extends to the advice in an individual patient’s care. This is all thanks to a continuous flow of contextualized and meaningful data.

Chaudhry stated that it’s all about flexibility, accuracy, timeliness, and being more patient-centric. He stated, “From a clinician’s perspective, a more regular flow of continuous data rather than intermittent spotting at traditional touchpoints gives you a more accurate understanding of what is ‘normal’ for that patient. So, you are better placed to use decision support tools and early warning algorithms to detect at an earlier stage and in a more personalized way when a patient’s condition is deteriorating – or even when it’s improving, and you can withdraw some treatment.”

Certainly, the challenges of medical device integration (MDI) remain. But Chaudhry says the focus on interoperability by technologies like Masimo’s.

This means there is a straightforward methodology. This enables data to get brought seamlessly into the medical record. Remote monitoring also brings the opportunities of the virtual ward a step closer. Chaudhry says that proper governance can help the virtual ward. This can become an ideal halfway house between in hospital and getting discharged.

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