01 Oct 2018

A New Way Of Patient Monitoring

Part of the reason an intensive care unit is so chaotic is because alarms are constantly going off — and they’re not always critical. (One study, says Roizen, found that 80 percent of hospital alarms were deemed unnecessary.)

Big data is starting to inch its way into the hospital and this year could be a turning point, as “mission control” operations monitor those alarms and alert staff when things require intervention. Those stations can spot trends that harried health-care employees can’t as they rush from crisis to crisis. And using artificial intelligence algorithms, they can predict which patients will get in trouble and let doctors and nurses intervene, ideally before it becomes critical.

Similarly, hospitals are discharging patients quicker than ever these days. But follow-up appointments with doctors can be challenging — and are certainly inconvenient, since the patient has to drive (or be driven) to the doctor’s office for what often amounts to a five-minute appointment. This way, post-op patients can now see their surgeon everyday via an app on their mobile device. It is convenient for the patient as well as the doctor, saving the patient to have to travel for their check up and results in quicker interactions for the surgeon.

Reference : www.cnbc.com

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