Sutter Lakeside Hospital to deploy new Sensitron patient monitoring system

San Mateo 17 February 2004To help improve patient care, introduce even more efficient work flows, and increase nurse, patient, and doctor satisfaction, Sutter Lakeside Hospital will pilot Sensitron's CareTrends monitoring system, which provides a universal wireless link directly from point-of-care medical devices to clinicians.


Sensitron's CareTrends monitoring system uses a combination of wireless technology, embedded software, and networking to link any point-of-care medical monitoring device directly to caregivers. This new connectivity allows the entire care team to optimize patient outcomes and prioritize workdays based on the latest patient data. CareTrends routes, tracks, and pulls data seamlessly from all the stand-alone medical devices and presents the data in a secure, reliable format to the health care team quickly and effectively, anytime, anywhere.

"Sensitron takes the documentation task away, so nurses can spend more one-on-one time with patients and less time doing clerical work. With the current nursing shortage, saving time and increasing productivity in the clinical setting is critical to job satisfaction", stated Rob Flynn, Administrative Director of Inpatient Nursing and Wellness Services at Sutter Lakeside Hospital. "Furthermore, it allows physicians the opportunity to see real-time data, so they can instantly address a patient's clinical needs."

Across the country, healthcare providers face the challenge of an increasing shortage of qualified nurses and constrained resources. In a typical day, an average medical/surgery unit nurse will take a patient's vital signs from up to 20 monitoring devices measuring blood pressure, temperature, blood glucose levels, and more. The nurse is responsible for incorporating the data from each separate device and integrating the data into a care plan to update the health care team.

This time-intensive process increases paperwork and introduces the potential for data-entry legibility errors. Having error-free patient information immediately available to the nurse and other members of the clinical team saves time spent documenting and hunting for information. "Sensitron addresses a gap in the clinical information loop by automating the capture, transmission, and presentation of key clinical information to health care staff. It will increase the accuracy of data entry and save time, resulting in a higher standard of care", stated Rajiv Jaluria, president and CEO of Sensitron. "By monitoring every bed, not just the ICU beds, nurses can spend more time caring for the patient and less time gathering data."

The Sensitron system creates an "intelligent bedside" by allowing the nurse to simultaneously capture data from each point-of-care medical device with the following timesaving steps:

  • Patient identified
  • Nurse indicates vital signs to capture
  • Reading is automatically captured from the device
  • Data is immediately translated, transmitted, and displayed at the bedside
  • Once the data is accepted, it is stored on the system and available for display at the bedside, while roaming in the hospital, at the central nurse's station, or off-site through the secured Web access.

"When data is integrated into a comprehensive clinical picture for the health care staff, it becomes more useful, as the health care team can focus on assessing data which permits them to more effectively provide quality patient care", stated Rajiv Jaluria.

Sensitron CareTrends system is medical-device agnostic, integrates with any hospital information system and leverages the hospital's existing network infrastructure. It is cost-effective because it does not require reconfiguring of current medical devices or clinical information systems.

With Sensitron CareTrends, medical monitoring device data is captured by the Universal Wireless Module and transmitted to the Patient Communications Controller - a tablet, PDA, or computer which in turn sends the information to the access point and finally to the main server. Using a combination of Bluetooth, 802.11 and local area network (LAN) for transmission, the CareTrends system receives, verifies, archives, and presents information received from medical monitoring devices. Sensitron stores the data in standard database format making it available to be integrated with any other clinical information system. Data can be transmitted to multiple sites or facilities via a secure wireless LAN or WAN.

"We expect the system will dramatically reduce time spent on paperwork", stated Rob Flynn. "For physicians, it will give confidence in data accuracy and real-time access to patients' health status."

Sutter Lakeside Hospital is part of the Sutter Health family of not-for-profit hospitals and physician organisations that share resources and expertise to advance health care quality. Serving more than 100 communities in Northern California, Sutter Health is a regional expert in cardiac care as well as care of women and children, and is a pioneer in advanced patient safety technology.

Sensitron's CareTrends monitoring system minimizes transcription errors and eliminates lag time between reading, capture, and official documentation of critical data because it automatically captures vital signs and other clinical data from wirelessly enabled point-of-care medical devices at the bedside. Sensitron's end-to-end system enables the staff to focus on the patient while reducing preventable medical errors, improving patient outcomes, and increasing compliance to protocols.

Leslie Versweyveld

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