Today, Masimo is shaping the future of medical technology through an expansive hospital automation platform, innovative noninvasive monitoring technologies, and clinically useful wearable and home-based devices, many of which are ideally suited to support the unique demands of the U.S. military community and the far-reaching veterans’ care network.
For over 25 years, Masimo has supplied a range of innovative devices for field and hospital applications. Highlights include the rugged Rad-57® Handheld Pulse CO-Oximeter, the small, versatile MightySat® Rx Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, and the portable EMMA® Capnograph—all devices that have proven their merit by delivering trusted Masimo technology in demanding and varied environments.
Now, in response to the increased demand for remote and telehealth monitoring solutions brought on by the consolidation of healthcare systems and the COVID-19 pandemic, Masimo is delivering a flexible, scalable remote monitoring platform that extends care beyond the field or hospital and into the home.
Powered by the same clinically proven Masimo SET® technology as Rad-57 and MightySat Rx, Masimo SafetyNet™ is a simple, scalable solution designed to manage increased care demands while helping clinicians keep an eye on each patient’s clinical trajectory. Here’s what remote monitoring with Masimo SafetyNet offers:
Remote Monitoring Supports Surge Capacity Management Efforts
Like all hospitals, surge capacity management is a critical component of all VA facilities’ emergency plans. Typical surge capacity challenges, like a very busy day in the Emergency Department (ED), are confined to the department in question, and overflow isn’t an issue.
When demand escalates to a state of contingency surge management, however, care teams may have to transform non-traditional, non-monitored spaces into the higher acuity settings needed to safely treat patients in areas that aren’t typically equipped to provide such a level of care—for example, transforming a general floor into an ICU. In a crisis situation, such as that being experienced by many states during the pandemic, non-traditional areas like field hospitals and even the home may be called upon to house patients. In all of the above scenarios, remote monitoring capabilities can prove essential.
A Scalable Solution to Meet Unique Needs
Masimo SafetyNet is an advanced, cloud-based patient monitoring solution that can help hospitals manage surge capacity during the pandemic and beyond. Comprised of a disposable sensor, reusable microchip, and a simple, easy-to-use application, the system combines trusted SET® tetherless pulse oximetry and continuous body temperature measurements with a cloud-based patient surveillance platform. Patients can track their physiological data using simple, wearable, noninvasive sensors while healthcare providers confidently and efficiently manage patient care remotely.
Masimo SafetyNet Mobile App Keeps Patients Engaged with Care
While many hospitals already use some form of telemedicine to interact with patients, the Masimo SafetyNet Mobile App is unique. Designed to help clinicians track a patient’s vital signs through wireless connection to pulse oximetry and temperature sensors, the Masimo SafetyNet Mobile App streamlines communication between clinicians and their patients. Healthcare providers use the web-based Clinician Portal to track patient compliance, stay informed about each patient’s condition, request status updates, and provide guidance when medical intervention is needed. This technology has become a key asset in the fight against COVID-19, and the strategy has proven effective at major hospitals such as St. Luke’s in Pennsylvania and University Hospitals in Cleveland.
“Masimo SafetyNet is transformational. It provides an innovative, high-value way to help us manage the surge in patient volume resulting from this unprecedented event.” –Dr. Peter Pronovost, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, University Hospitals, Ohio
In addition to oxygen saturation and pulse rate, the Masimo SafetyNet pulse oximetry sensor continuously measures respiration rate from the pleth (RRp®), which may help clinicians keep track of a patient’s breathing without the need for an additional sensor. The chest-worn Radius Tº™ sensor, in turn, continuously measures body temperature, with immediate in-app and remote notification if a customizable threshold is exceeded.
CarePrograms for Providers Makes Keeping in Touch with Patients Easy
CarePrograms, which can be tailored to support the needs of each individual patient, offer a digital replacement for traditional home-care plans and are delivered to patients’ smartphones via the Masimo SafetyNet App. The CareProgram actively reminds patients to follow their care plan, automatically captures monitoring data from the tetherless sensors, and securely pushes the data to clinicians at the hospital for evaluation. Masimo has created a hospital-configurable CareProgram for monitoring suspected COVID-19 subjects, which can be easily updated at any time to accommodate evolving guidance or hospital protocols.
Combined, the platform delivers monitoring of key parameters to provide clinicians with a line of sight on a patient’s clinical trajectory—allowing them to address issues through medical intervention based on the data they are receiving.
Staying Ahead of the Curve
Existing remote monitoring programs and initiatives have been accelerated across the board by the pandemic—revealing how effective remote monitoring can be at identifying changes in clinical condition or patient status. Although the rate of adoption of remote monitoring varies across the country, it is likely this shift to at-home monitoring and telehealth options will be permanent.
With Masimo SafetyNet, clients are positioned to keep pace with advancing medical technology through a flexible remote monitoring platform that requires no hardware installation, minimal capital investment, and can easily scale up to meet increased demand.