Fairview Hospital to use remote foetal monitoring technology

Cleveland 20 October 2006Fairview Hospital is the first hospital in the United States to use a new wireless technology to monitor the progress of high-risk pregnancies and other obstetrics patients remotely. The wireless technology allows obstetricians to use their personal digital assistants (PDAs) or Smart Phones to remotely access foetal heart tracings, maternal contraction patterns, up-to-date nursing notes, and other critical, virtual real-time data transmitted from the hospital's labour and delivery unit.

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"Until now, if one of our patients went into pre-term labour we had to page their physician and relay information about the patient's progress over the phone while waiting for the physician to arrive", stated Jules Moodley, M.D., Chairman of Obstetrics at Fairview Hospital. "With this PDA technology, physicians can access critical patient information directly from their cell phones or PDAs regardless of their location and provide patients with additional peace of mind during their birthing experience."

Electronic foetal heart rate monitoring is used to assess foetal wellbeing during labour and delivery and can help improve diagnostic accuracy of foetal compromise. As physician's document and access necessary information about the mother and infant throughout the pregnancy, this information is transmitted through secure channels via a cell phone connection to enable the remote access.

"It was calming to know that my doctor was always connected to all my medical needs and could see how my labour was progressing, even when she was not in the hospital", stated Jennifer Barker of Cleveland. "It gave me piece of mind and I was able to relax in knowing I was receiving the best medical care."

Fairview Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital and one of the nations 100 Top Hospitals, is a faith-based, not-for-profit 478-bed hospital dedicated to providing high quality, patient-focused health care. Fairview Hospital's Birthing Center is a Level III Perinatal Center and is supported by a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multi-speciality academic medical centre that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of co-operation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the United States' best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Approximately 1800 full-time salaried physicians at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialities and subspecialities. In 2005, there were 2,9 million outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. There were nearly 54.000 hospital admissions to Cleveland Clinic in 2005.


Leslie Versweyveld

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