Chennai: Philips Electronics, a leading health and well-being company, today introduced 40-50 most advanced concepts in patient monitoring and healthcare informatics systems to provide better care to the patients. This ahead-of-the-curve technology by Philips has proved very effective in saving lives worldwide and would soon help in providing quality healthcare solutions at affordable prices to its customers in India.
These solutions include the first intelligent wireless network patient monitoring systems for ICU; and automatic electronic charting systems that will make continuous charting of patients possible and will minimize the chance of manual interventions.
Some of the path breaking solutions from Philips include:
- Transmit patient details from the ambulance to the hospital. This solution from Philips will help in alerting the staff and doctors beforehand by transmitting the patient’s vital signs from the ambulance to the hospital even before he /she arrives there so that the equipment & facility can be ready to receive the patient.
- Wireless networking monitoring system. This solution is used for continuously monitoring a patient even when the patient is mobile within the hospital. E.g.-If a patient requires to be operated and needs to be constantly kept under surveillance, this system would help in continuous monitoring of his vital stats without being wired when moved from ward to the operation theatre without missing any critical information.
- Virtual ICU: The ‘Virtual ICU’ concept allows the expert specialists to stay connected to patients admitted to the critical care units of the hospital. Vital patient information & clinical tests data can be transmitted over the hospital’s Virtual Protocol network for specialist monitoring & consultation around the world, round the clock. This enables to monitor the patients anywhere remotely round the clock and deliver to them world-class care, day or night or holidays or while travelling anywhere in the world.
- eICU solutions: The next steps in virtual ICU are eICU which is a global strength that Philips is bringing to India. The eICU enables several remote hospitals’ ICU’s to be connected to a big specialist ICU care where best in class critical care specialists monitor and review patient remotely through online data from connected patient monitors and realtime video images of patient conditions. Even a consultation discussion with patient or his / her relatives is possible with the expert sitting several hundred miles away from the actual patient. The eICU Program clinically transforms the ICU, using a proactive care model that provides a solution to growing physician and nurse shortages while dramatically improving quality of care.
- Automatic Charting and flow sheets of patients in critical care. Philips brings this solution for the first time in India. Currently, charting (recording) of patient data is done manually in ICUs, which can result in manual errors and missed informations. With Philips ICIP (IntelliVue Clinical Information Portfolio) doctors can get a 24X7 errorless auto charting without information gaps, which can be crucial in detecting patient’s condition.
Jitesh Mathur, GM, Patient Care & Clinical Information and Ultrasound, Philips Healthcare said, “The new innovative patient monitoring and healthcare informatics technologies such as mobile wireless monitoring and continuous electronic monitoring patient data charting in ICU that we are launching enable clinicians to deliver high acuity critical care to patients in India at affordable costs. Philips is bringing these technologies for the first time in India to change the way patient care is done in critical care areas today.”
Philips has already installed some of these new solutions in JJ Hospital, Cama Hospital, BARC in Mumbai and Sasoon Hospital in Pune and plans are underway to install it in several other hospitals across the country.
Known for introducing the latest and the best of products and technologies, Philips is also bringing in low-acuity patient monitoring solutions to the country, which is helping in the proliferation of quality healthcare at affordable prices to the value segment customers especially in tier 2/3 towns.