Clinical technology specialist IMS Maxims launched its integrated vital signs app at eHealth Week to help improve patient outcomes.
The app has been designed to help healthcare staff respond to a patient’s condition from anywhere in the hospital before the patient’s condition becomes life threatening.
IMS Maxims state the app is fully interoperable and can be embedded into every element of the patient pathway. The app observes physiological signs such as blood pressure and heart rate to calculate the severity of a patient’s condition. It uses clinical scoring protocols to recommend how often patients need monitoring and sends out reminders if observations aren’t completed on time. The app also provides early detection, alerting, and escalations to senior members of staff if the condition deteriorates.
Data can also be integrated into the hospital’s electronic patient record and the app works with other clinical systems and NHS’ web portal.
IMS Maxims hope the app will help hospitals reduce mortality rates and serious complications such as sepsis, dialysis and cardiac arrest.
Michael Thick, chief clinical information officer and chief medical officer, IMS Maxims said: “Mobile apps can provide vital support to healthcare professionals that are already under great pressure to meet service demands. The 24/7 monitoring system and vital decision support make it quicker and easier for staff to observe a patient’s condition and prevent them from getting any worse.
“Crucially, being fully integrated with an enterprise-wide solution, doctors and nurses only ever have one version of the truth. This is particularly important when changes to a patient’s condition are harder to manage and can be fatal, for example during clinical handovers and ward transfers.”
To design and test the functionality of the app, IMS Maxims worked in partnership with its customer Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation trust. This allowed IMS Maxims to avoid a common problem with existing clinical apps – alert fatigue- which can potentially lead to alerts being missed. The app instead offers staff tailored alerts avoiding the send-to-all approach.
Neill McAnaspie, solutions director, IMS Maxims added: “Mobile health is the natural next step on the journey to ensuring our healthcare system can meet the needs of its patients and those that care for them. It’s an integral part of our product roadmap and why we’re so excited to be showcasing the functionality and benefits at such an important event like eHealth Week.”