GE HealthCare Receives FDA Clearance for Portrait Mobile, A First-Of-Its-Kind, Wireless Monitoring Solution Aiding Early Detection of Patient Deterioration
- GE HealthCare’s smart phone-sized Portrait Mobile frees the patient from the hospital bed while providing continuous monitoring of vital signs, using wearable sensors with a wireless protocol, to help catch inpatient deterioration early.
- Portrait Mobile introduces an innovative measurement technology to continuously capture respiration rate, one of the most sensitive vital signs for early patient deterioration1,2, accurately and reliably.
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Continuously monitoring patients and having a real time view of data can help clinicians recognize deterioration earlier than traditional spot check methods, which typically occur only every 4-6 hours. The wireless patient-worn sensors combined with the smart phone-sized monitor eliminate all traditional tethers, allowing patients to move about the ward freely, key to helping improve outcomes and reduce length of stay3.
Portrait Mobile draws on GE HealthCare’s track record in parameter excellence to modernize respiration rate measurement through novel wireless sensor technology. The system’s dual-vector respiration rate measurement technology leverages an innovative algorithm designed for mobile patients, better capturing continuous respiratory rate through optimized electrode placement even with changing breathing patterns.
“Patients recovering from major surgery are fragile. Most patients currently have vital signs monitored every 4-6 hours. We have shown that vital sign abnormalities are common – and sometimes profound and prolonged,” shares Dr.
Undetected patient deterioration, particularly post-surgery, can lead to hazardous yet preventable consequences, with 30-day mortality after surgery representing the 3rd leading cause of death globally4. The uninterrupted flow of data and continuous measurement of vital signs, such as respiration rate, oxygen saturation and pulse rate, can help healthcare providers detect patient decline as it is happening, enabling timely intervention before a patient deteriorates.
“It’s important for recovery that patients be able to move around freely while their vital signs are being monitored,” said
Portrait Mobile is part of GE HealthCare’s FlexAcuity monitoring solutions that combine hardware and software engineered to adapt to rapidly changing patient needs and builds on a well-established history of clinical advancements. It was this deep understanding of patient needs combined with a commitment to providing caregivers with actionable insights that led GE HealthCare’s global engineers to develop this next evolution in patient monitoring technology. GE HealthCare’s technology has been recognized globally for its design, receiving the iF Design Gold Award for Product Design in 2022 for Portrait Mobile and an iF Design Award in 2023 for CARESCAPE Canvas.
For more information on Portrait Mobile, please visit: https://www.gehealthcare.com/products/patient-monitoring/portrait-mobile/
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2 Kelly, C. Respiratory rate 1: why accurate measurement and recording are crucial.
3 Vincent JL, Einav S, Pearse R, Jaber S, Kranke P, Overdyk FJ, Whitaker DK, Gordo F, Dahan A, Hoeft A. Improving detection of patient deterioration in the general hospital ward environment. Eur J Anaesthesiol. 2018 May;35(5):325-333. doi: 10.1097/EJA.0000000000000798. PMID: 29474347; PMCID: PMC5902137.
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