Remote vital-sign monitoring technology receives FDA clearance: going live in rural Nevada

Milpitas 06 June 2005TeleVital Inc., one of the world's largest providers of telemedicine products and services has just been granted FDA clearance for its latest product: VitalWare VMS. VitalWare VMS is TeleVital's remote real-time bed-side monitoring solution allowing for wired and wireless bed-side monitoring from any clinical location in the world. The technology can be adopted for use in almost any critical and intensive care environment.

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"We are very excited about this milestone, and look forward to submitting another two FDA submissions before the end of this year", stated Ravi Amble, CEO of TeleVital Inc. The solution is expected to go live in rural Nevada in July.

The United States is heading into a major health care crisis. Currently twenty percent of the United States population suffers from one or more chronic diseases costing one trillion dollars annually. The percentage of chronic disease patients is expected to increase drastically over the next 10 years as a result of a doubling of the number of seniors requiring health care support. The chronic disease crisis is compounded by a 14 percent-44 percent national shortage of certain health care professionals. This percentage is expected to increase over the next decade.

VitalWare VMS has been developed to increase health care efficiencies while addressing the medical needs of critical and intensive care units which lack the professional resources and capital to monitor their patients adequately. VitalWare VMS allows hospitals to leverage the skills of medical specialists located anywhere, allowing them to provide better care to their patients while maintaining staff levels. The result is increased quality of care at a lower cost.

"The TeleVital system will benefit many rural areas of the country in two ways. One it will provide a low cost solution in rural parts of Nevada. The second and important issue it will address in the rural areas is the issue staffing shortages and training. This is a solution that provides back-up from a larger tertiary care facility to a small rural hospital", stated Gerald Ackerman, Director of the Office of Rural Health, University of Nevada School of Medicine.

The solution is expected to go live in rural Nevada in July, where critical care patients within a small hospital will be remotely monitored by specialists located more then 300 miles away. Battle Mountain Hospital Administrator Peggy Lindsey told Business Week Magazine: "We in rural America can really use equipment like this."

Remote monitoring of critical care patients by off-site specialists using telemedicine technology is a highly potential solution to the shortage of resources for critical care and a necessity to solve the shortage in ICU specialists. Studies have found that around-the-clock remote monitoring by an Intensivist reduced ICU mortality by 30 percent, incidence of ICU complications by 45 percent, ICU length of stay (LOS) by 30 percent and expenditures by 35 percent.

TeleVital Inc. is poised to revolutionize the delivery of health care services, having already developed and deployed solutions in over 180 locations throughout the world. The solutions, which leverage the Internet, have allowed medical professionals to triage patient care, and provide their specialized services and expertise to underserved populations. The VitalWare suite of products have been designed to connect patients located in rural and remote locations where there are limited health care professionals to urban hubs where most health care specialists are located, thus bridging the health divide.

TeleVital's technology is designed to be used over low-bandwidth network connections, from 26 Kbps and up, allowing for vital signs to be monitored in real-time over most any network. VitalWare's enterprise architecture supports real-time streaming and remote viewing of both raw and interpreted vital signs, medical images, audio as well as video data over hybrid networks. All patient data is centrally stored and retrieved from a secure data base server and made securely available by authorized health care professionals.

"Currently 81 percent of patients have incomplete medical records which accounts for up to 8 percent of all medical errors. TeleVital's goal is to ensure that a health care provider has access to the patient's complete medical record", added Ravi Amble. VitalWare supports over 20 off-the-shelf medical devices automating data collection and storage within the patient's Electronic Medical Record. TeleVital is expecting to reach over 300 worldwide installations before the end of the year.

More news about TeleVital is available in the VMW March 2005 article I-LINX and TeleVital's telemedicine solution helps Tsunami victims in India.


Leslie Versweyveld

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