Rather than just reacting when thresholds are reached, digitalised equipment allows users to manage a combination of trends continuously to monitor vitals, providing digital audit trails and proactive treatment. – Nico Steyn, IoT.nxt

We know the scene all too well. Monitors beep, nurses and doctors run, chaos ensues and, depending on the genre of the movie, a patient lives or dies.

Generally, hospital monitoring equipment alerts healthcare practitioners when thresholds are reached. There’s simply too much information, from too many devices, printing squiggly lines onto too many reams of paper, to contemplate interconnectivity.

In a digitised, interconnected environment these issues are resolved. Our technology-agnostic IoT solution can be overlaid onto existing set ups, meaning older equipment can be protected, and there’s little disruption in vital wards. Data feeds are made into interoperable pools of information, from which real-time, actionable insights can be drawn.

Sound like techie gibberish? Let’s look at an example.

Together with T-Systems, we’ve developed an infant monitoring system. It tracks vital signs in real-time and allows healthcare professionals to create and analyse a digital audit trail. Staff on duty are also able to view a consolidated dashboard tracking all their patients, with the option of drilling down into each patients’ current vitals.

“The OxiMeter gives us multi-device intelligence to monitor and pick up trends, resulting in more proactive neonatal treatment. Rather than just managing the threshold, we’re managing the trend, and it’s non-discretional – always on.” – Nico Steyn, CEO IoT.nxt.

Commenting on future healthcare, whilst chatting to The Economist, Lord Ara Darzi, surgeon and professor at Imperial College London, noted, “A hospital can also be at home. Just as online banking made life more convenient for consumers and freed up branch staff for complex queries, online health care could mean fewer people need to come to hospitals to be cared for by them. Last year half of consultations offered by Kaiser Permanente, an integrated American health-care firm that runs many hospitals, were virtual, with medical professionals communicating with patients by phone, e-mail or videoconference.”

Gupta Strategists, a Dutch research company, reckons that around 45% of care now given in Dutch hospitals could be done better at home. – The Economist

Moving forward, it will be the ability to intelligently analyse and react to real-time data that truly drives innovation in the healthcare space. Come find out more at the Africa Health Fair – you’ll find us in the T-Systems stand 3M01.