Future of health: Patient monitoring- Part 1
Keith Errey, CEO of Isansys Lifecare, looks at how the future of health will use patient data to create predictive analytics and a unique way of viewing a person’s physiology.
We are creating the internet of living things and the starting point is wireless patient monitoring. At Isansys we have developed a system, which allows a child or adult to be monitored wirelessly and continuously in real-time, ensuring deterioration is identified more quickly and timely treatment is given.
The system, called the Patient Status Engine (PSE), uses wireless sensors that attach to the body to monitor patients and are free from leads, cables and wires. One of these sensors, the Lifetouch resembles a lightweight adhesive bandage and, regardless of whether the patient is in bed, walking around the hospital, or recovering at home, the Lifetouch continuously collects patient data.
It analyses the electrocardiagram (ECG) of every heartbeat to provide continuous heart rate, respiration rate, heart rate variability, and at the push of an on-screen button, a real-time ECG trace. So, no matter where you are, you have this high resolution monitoring going on. It means that patients can get on with their lives and still be monitored almost as if they’re in an intensive care ward.
Real-time Digital Health
The Lifetouch is one of the sensors comprising the PSE. It is combined with the other wireless sensors to provide a multiple vital sign data capture and analysis system. The data from each sensor is transmitted via a low energy Bluetooth connection to the Isansys gateway, a screen located near to the bedside. The gateway analyses the data and wirelessly transmits the new clinical information into the Isansys Lifeguard server and from there it delivers the patient status indicators to any authorised laptop, desktop or mobile device. By collecting data in this way, doctors and nurses can access and learn of a patient’s status at all times and anywhere.
It also means the clinicians are provided with early warning indicators of adverse events and serious conditions, for example sepsis – a life threatening whole body infection, by analysing subtle changes in a patient’s vital signs. This ensures a more accurate prediction of a patient’s deterioration, which is expected to lead to faster and more targeted responses that can save lives and shorten hospital stays.
All our devices and systems are fully approved medical devices, ready for clinical use. The Patient Status Engine is being used in hospitals now.
The future of healthcare
We see this technology as the future of how patients will be monitored, however, it is not only about patient monitoring, it’s about getting information in a digital context, which can then be used for a whole range of analytical techniques and methods to understand much more about human physiology and diseases.
By using the PSE, clinicians can collect accurate heart rate, heart rate variability, respiration rate, temperature, oxygen saturation data in real-time wirelessly and continuously. The data, which is being collected, is so accurate and so high resolution that it’s then possible to develop various kinds of mathematical tools that can actually predict what’s going to happen to a patient in the future.
One way to make a difference and improve healthcare is having clinicians who better understand their patients. Current monitoring systems are too expensive or too slow to be implemented on a large scale across hospitals. Our wireless patient monitoring platform addresses this issue.