Sensiotec has developed Virtual Medical Assistant® (VMA), the world’s first truly remote, totally noncontact, cardiorespiratory patient monitoring platform. Recalling the StarTrek Tricorder, VMA provides critical spot and trend data continuously to a nurse’s station, tablet, smartphone or pager without electrodes touching the patient or pads requiring contact with a mattress or other surface. As a decision support tool, VMA can help identify potential healthcare crises at an early stage and reduce complications associated with certain common chronic illnesses.
VMA offers an extraordinary level of usability, scalability and interoperability (including the capability to integrate data from third party devices such as Bluetooth® SpO2, blood pressure and weight scale monitors). VMA can provide high value, low cost, location-agnostic monitoring solutions to reduce risk, improve care and increase productivity, and, when paired with an EMR, help satisfy meaningful use requirements. SNNLive spoke with Robert Arkin, CEO of Sensiotec at SEMDA 2014 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.
“Sensiotec has built a cardio-respiratory platform that can measure heart rate, respiration rate, patient presents and movement – we call this platform the virtual medical assistant,” begins Mr. Arkin. He continues, “It’s the first FDA-cleared radar based technology that is actually acquiring cardiorespiratory information on a continuous basis and patient motion information.”
Mr. Arkin explains, “The key is that we’re generating continuous cardio-respiratory information, we trend that data and that data is extremely useful in terms of decision support and basically identifying problems before they can really get bad.” He adds, “As a DME device it will be reimbursable in the hospital, it’s part of the overhead cost but what it does is to increase productivity tremendously. In one study that we’ve done, we were able to save 15 hours of nursing time a day on a 36 unit ward.” For more information, check out their website at www.sensiotec.com.
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