Tuesday, April 19, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Moms giving birth at Presbyterian Healthcare now have extra security knowing their physician can now monitor their babies and them, and even share information with specialists if needed, remotely from their mobile phones any time of day. Before Presbyterian started using this technology earlier this month physicians communicated with nurses by phone to get information about patients, but were unable to remotely view monitors. Now physicians can see contractions, fetal heart tracings and other critical real-time and historical data from their mobile phones and communicate with nurses about care coordination.
Presbyterian hospitals in Charlotte, Matthews and Huntersville are first in the Charlotte region and among only a few hundred hospitals nationwide using the AirStrip OB™ from AirStrip Technologies, Inc. for remote fetal monitoring. The platform securely sends critical patient information directly from hospital monitoring systems, bedside devices, and electronic health records to a physician’s mobile phone. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration HIPAA compliant, AirStrip applications are powered over wired and wireless networks. Patient data are sent to clinicians anywhere for immediate visual interpretation, collaboration, and timely patient care.
“Presbyterian Healthcare is committed to the safety and care of our patients,” said John Allbert, MD, OB/GYN with Presbyterian Maternal and Fetal Medicine and physician champion for the new technology. “Remote monitoring allows us to further protect our tiniest and one of our most vulnerable patient populations and their moms. When physicians can view real-time information about their patients they can make better decisions, work more collaboratively and expedite care.”