Hospitals Can Wirelessly Monitor More Than 400 Patients Simultaneously

By PRESS RELEASE — April 09, 2009

WAUKESHA, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Healthcare introduced its new CARESCAPE Telemetry platform, a wireless patient monitoring offering for hospitals. Built on GE CARESCAPE Enterprise Access and leveraging GE ApexPro CH Telemetry, GE CARESCAPE telemetry enables hospitals to simultaneously leverage multiple telemetry frequencies and coordinate cell phone, WiFi and other wireless technologies on one infrastructure.

The new CARESCAPE Telemetry offering consists of a seamless integration between ApexPro CH Transmitter, CARESCAPE Enterprise Access, CARESCAPE Telemetry Server, CARESCAPE T14 Transmitter and other components of an ApexPro Telemetry System. It provides dual-band capabilities enabling hospitals to simultaneously leverage the two protected frequency bands-- 600 MHz and 1.4 GHz -- in Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) with a single, central telemetry system.

Hospitals can monitor up to 438 patients while ensuring that critical patient data is sent securely without interference. Hospitals using GE Healthcare ApexPro CH telemetry transmitters have the flexibility to leverage the existing 600 MHz frequency band transmitters and expand into the 1.4 GHz frequency band with the CARESCAPE Telemetry T14 Transmitter on CARESCAPE Enterprise Access. Powered by MobileAccess and its Wire-it-Once infrastructure, CARESCAPE Enterprise Access seamlessly unites hospital wireless networks into one infrastructure, helping to eliminate coverage drop-out and downtime. As a hospital's wireless needs grow, this Wire-it-Once infrastructure can help reduce the costs and infection-control issues associated with installing new cables and antennas.

"At Brigham and Women's, getting patients ambulating as soon as possible, and safely, is one of the hospital's core clinical focuses to help improve patient outcomes and potentially reduce lengths of stay. Wireless patient monitoring, enabled with a robust telemetry infrastructure, is a key technology tool that helps us achieve this goal," said L. Michael Fraai, Director, Biomedical Engineering, Brigham and Women's Hospital. "We are providing telemetry coverage and ensuring continuity of patient monitoring anywhere in the facility so that our patients can ambulate faster and clinicians can monitor patient vital signs."

"Today, as hospitals are treating sicker patients, clinicians want the flexibility to wirelessly monitor a growing number of patients throughout the continuum of care," said David Ataide, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare Monitoring Solutions and Diagnostic Cardiology. "With the GE CARESCAPE telemetry solution, hospitals can further expand telemetry coverage throughout the hospital, allowing clinicians to monitor more patients and further enhance patient safety."

The CARESCAPE portfolio of telemetry products consists of the following important features:

  • Parameter excellence: Atrial fibrillation trending helps improve and speed clinical decision making by providing a visual display of the current state, duration and frequency of a patient's atrial fibrillation events. Clinicians can also adjust ST segment alarms (ECG wave forms) to reduce nuisance alarms and standardize telemetry with the capabilities and functionality of GE bedside monitors.
  • Remote servicing and updates: CARESCAPE Telemetry can be remotely serviced to help improve hospital efficiency and reduce downtime.
  • New reporting capabilities: Enhanced reporting capabilities to help improve and facilitate clinician and hospital reporting requirements.
The new CARESCAPE Telemetry platform works seamlessly with CARESCAPE CIC Pro Clinical Information Center, which assimilates real-time and historic patient data from multiple monitoring sources for central-station caregivers. This technology integration helps clinicians view near-real time data from telemetry and other clinical sources for a single patient, or up to 16 patients per display.

This latest CARESCAPE telemetry offering is the newest addition to the GE CARESCAPE portfolio, an integrated suite of patient monitoring devices, communications networks and IT systems designed to transform traditional patient monitoring data into clinical intelligence, enabling clinicians to make critical healthcare decisions faster and more efficiently. By providing easy access to quality patient information from any device--wireless, desktop or bedside--GE Healthcare is providing clinicians with the opportunity to act earlier in the care process to preserve and help improve patient care, while helping clinicians improve productivity.
 
ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, performance improvement, drug discovery, and biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies is helping clinicians around the world re-imagine new ways to predict, diagnose, inform, treat and monitor disease, so patients can live their lives to the fullest.

GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases and other conditions earlier. Our vision for the future is to enable a new "early health" model of care focused on earlier diagnosis, pre-symptomatic disease detection and disease prevention. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries.

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