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WA Eastern Metropolitan Health begins rollout of wearable tech for remote ED patient monitoring

Wearables are being deployed in the emergency department of the Eastern Metropolitan Health Authority, first at Armadale Hospital.

The rollout of this technology was introduced as part of the Virtual Environment Health Service. It was first officially launched at Armadale Hospital following trials at the Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) and Bentley Hospital.

Armadale’s emergency room waiting room has been outfitted with three devices: armband, blood pressure cuff, and oximeter for continuous monitoring Important parameters such as heart rate and respiratory rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation and skin temperature.

RPH will also go live with wearables in next month’s October ED.

Why is it important

Data from monitoring devices is being streamed in real time to HIVE and ED teams so they can closely monitor patients for signs of deterioration.

“This innovative and cutting-edge program will complement existing emergency room patient monitoring and Essentially a second time for Armadale Hospital staff to focus on their patients,” added Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson.

She further explained, “The wearable technology will immediately alert staff to any concerns about the patient’s health. decreased, and has been shown in pilot studies to improve patient and caregiver peace of mind.”

Bigger Context

Western Australia first launched its A$22 million ($15 million illion) HIVE service at EMH in December 2020 to proactively detect patient deterioration. At the heart of the service is the Royal Philips Clinical Command Centre, which uses monitoring, machine learning and advanced analytics to reduce mortality, complications and length of stay. In the first year, HIVE aims to monitor 50 beds in 11 wards in RPH and Armadale.



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