Wearable device

Five emerging technologies transforming patient care

There’s no denying that technology has completely changed the way we live and work. And now, more than ever before, new and emerging technologies are finding their way into our health system to improve patient care and offer support to medical professionals.

The increase in life expectancy and a rise of chronic health issues makes these advancement more important than ever, aiming to reduce risks of human error, streamline routine processes and give nurses more one-on-one time with patients.

So, at the start of a new decade, Austra Health are looking into the future to identify some of these technological advancements and how they could make a big impact  in transforming medical care and our health system.

Wearable devices and mobile apps

Ever since Apple released its smart watch technology, we have seen the proliferation of wearable devices that can do everything from monitor your steps and heart rate to allowing you to receive calls and emails. People are now seeing the potential for wearable devices and mobile apps to assist the medical community in treating patients.

Wearable divices can be useful on several levels, however are most beneficial for collating a patient’s data over a long period of time (not only during a hospital admission) and can aid in removing human error, because the communication of data comes directly from the device itself.

With access to smartphones, mobile apps too are making their way to the medical foreground. The Stealth IO Smartphone Stethoscope, for example, is an app that essentially allows nurses and doctors to simply use their smartphone to get breathing sounds and see heart rates. Using a phone can be less intimidating, especially for younger patients, and gives providers a full range of information and easy tracking of medical needs.

Smart beds

Smart bed technology is now being utilised in hospital settings to help medical professionals track movement, weight and vitals, such as fluid retention and breathing. This new technology offers constant patient monitoring, giving a better overall view of a patient’s health and wellbeing.

Patient monitoring systems

The new AvaSys TeleSitter video-observation system is being used to monitor patients in a hospital setting, with the aim of providing better patient care and lowering staffing costs. This video monitoring system can keep tabs on up to 12 patient bedrooms and consists of two-way audio, so a patient can be notified if self-harm, such as a fall, may be imminent.

In an emergency, the system can even set of an alarm notifying medical professionals if immediate action needs to be taken.

Blood sugar-monitoring chip

Given that 280 people in Australia develop diabetes every day according to Diabetes Australia, and that cases of diabetes across the globe are on a steady incline, the need for a more thorough and streamlined blood sugar testing device was required.

The call was heard by Admetsys, a company that created a chip to monitor blood sugar levels in real time and, using an AI algorithm, can trigger either the administration of glucose or insulin via a drip connected to the patient.

Vein finding tool

Though inserting catheters is an almost daily task for nurses, locating veins on certain individuals, such as the elderly or malnourished, can be challenging and stressful for many patients.

The EchoNous Vein is a new technology created for nurses to more easily insert a peripheral IV catheter by providing an immediate and clear image of veins using just two-button controls. The easy-to-use device also includes optimised settings for use with adults and pediatrics. This kind of technology not only decreases a patient’s potential anxiety, but also speeds up the process for medical professionals.

If you are interested in entering into the medical field and are looking for a job, contact Austra Health today and learn more about the opportunities available.