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Today we will use an article published on medgadget.com to present a platform called WAVE, dedicated to patient surveillance with a predictive algorithm, developed by Excel Medical, a medtech company located in Jupiter, Florida.
The system monitors patient physiological information, such as vital signs, in healthcare facilities. The system aggregates, integrates and displays this data in various formats, via smart phones, tablets and various electronic medical record systems. This allows medical staff to remotely access and evaluate some patient’s parameters, at any time.
This system not only monitors patients, but also offers a predictive algorithm option to trigger a kind of "alert" for patients considered to be at risk. The company claims that WAVE can provide a warning about 6 hours in advance - giving doctors ample time to intervene before the patient's condition deteriorates.
In an interview given by Dr. M. Koppel, chief medical officer of Excel Medica, clarifies explicitly the technology developed by his team and the driving force behind the project: the increasingly frequent and unexpected hospital deaths.
Koppel tells of his experience as an anesthetist and as a specialist in "clinical decision support" - a very important branch of medicine in the USA. His profession has shown him that some clinical instruments, however useful they may be to the cause, were static, did not properly identify the specific conditions of the patient and did not communicate predictive information allowing doctors to anticipate interventions before reaching irreparable levels.
The meeting with the management of Excel Medical, one of the top companies in the USA on the research and development of life-saving medical devices, changed the life of Dr. Koppel, who found himself catapulted into a stimulating reality and of great value. The American company, in particular, for some years now has embraced an important cause, which has proved to be the new company mission: to decrease - to the point of totally eliminating - the number of unexpected hospital deaths. The unique combination of technology and medical knowledge led Dr. Koppel to join the large Excel Medica family and work on the WAVE algorithm project.
Can a warning that anticipates a likely worsening of a patient's condition really save his or her life? Absolutely yes, says the doctor. The scientific literature, in this sense, testifies that systems and technologies capable of capturing the physical deterioration of a patient and alerting medical staff can save many lives. The sooner we intervene, the sooner we can avoid unpleasant situations in which all medicinal products and procedures become no longer useful.
Excel Medicals WAVE is the first clinical platform - receiving FDA Clearance - to predict and monitor patient health. Intrinsic to the system is the Visensia® Safety Index (VSI), a predictive algorithm programmed to analyse and monitor at least 5 vital signs - to help predict clinical deterioration due to cardiorespiratory problems. Following a clinical trial conducted at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, it was found that sudden deaths went from 6 in 60 days without WAVE to zero in the 24 months following its introduction at the university hospital. An unassailable evidence: WAVE works and can save many lives.
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