Wireless technology breathes new life into medical practices

Research from the collaborative RAPID (Real-time Adaptive and Predictive Indicator of Deterioration) project suggests that wireless monitoring is changing the face of healthcare.

Dr Heather Duncan, paediatric intensive care consultatant and lead of the RAPID at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, part of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, says this new wireless technology is “reshaping the future of healthcare for both patients and healthcare professionals” and “offering so many benefits to everyone”.

In an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Clinical Services Journal, Dr Duncan commented: “Wireless technology is enabling healthcare providers to monitor patients in real-time and continuously, while being able to act more quickly on critical patient data. Now, for the first time ever, clinicians can look at each patient’s vital signs and see how they change over a longer period of time.”

Dr Duncan is currently leading the three-year RAPID project in which she is using the Patient Status Engine (PSE), a CE marked, Class IIa continuous monitoring platform, and the Lifetouch wearable patch sensor, to take wireless continuous observations from young patients and then use this data to understand, in real-time, what is normal for each patient and to detect the changing patterns in their physiology.

McLaren Applied Technologies and Aston University are co-investigators with additional support from Isansys Lifecare Ltd and the University of Birmingham.

“The RAPID study uses innovative healthcare technology to monitor children in real time,” said Professor Jon Deeks and Alice Sitch from the University of Birmingham’s Test Evaluation Research Group.

“We are excited to be part of this project, using our methodological expertise in test research to evaluate the impact this pioneering technology has on patients, parents and hospital staff.”

Since starting the project, doctors and nurses at Birmingham Children’s Hospital can analyse and model large volumes of data and focus on a more proactive care delivery model rather than a reactive one.

The PSE, which is now in hospitals globally, has monitored more than 1,200 patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in the last 18 months.

The study was previously reported on here.

Watch the video below for more information about the study: