More parameters have to be in place to enable doctors to have better knowledge of the condition of their patients, says V. Balakrishnan, Sr. Vice President, Schiller India
What are the ways by which the strategically designed workflow in patient monitoring systems will lead to improvement in productivity and boosts the efficiency of healthcare?
Multi-parameter patient monitor gives a comprehensive haemo-dynamic data through which the condition of a patient can be known. If a multi-parameter monitor is with wireless central station connectivity, then the patient can go for a check-up in the same vicinity and the data will not get lost on the central station. So here there is no requirement of para medical staff to disconnect the monitor.
The comprehensive multi parameter haemo-dynamic data on the central station can be sent to the Doctors GPRS enabled handset from where he can check the condition of the patient online. The medical opinion can be obtained within seconds.
The central station stores the data of various parameters of a monitor continuously, so it acts as black box and a record keeping device. Telemetry devices are of various parameters and can transmit data directly to HIS and from where it can be sent to anyone, giving it an advantage over other devices.
What are the challenges that you face while selling and installing such systems in India?
The major challenge that we face would be the lukewarm attitude towards new technology that certain hospitals seem to have developed. HIS & HL 7 compatibility is in infancy stage in India as the major business contributors, which are the mid segment private hospitals, Government and semi Government institutes continue to avoid investing in software solutions. It is time for the hospitals to warm up to new technologies.
Who are the key users of your systems in India? Are you also supplying your systems to government owned healthcare institutions?
Narayana Hrudyalaya, Bengaluru; CHL Apollo, Indore; AIIMS, Delhi; PGI, Chandigarh, and few others are our key clients.
What is the future of patient monitors? Do you see such systems are becoming a tool for a coming together of different technologies, including knowledge databases and diagnostic reference systems?
The future consists of integration of between HIS data and Haemo-dynamic data. Patient monitoring systems should be capable of providing more ideas to the doctors as well as the patient. The process of real body checking should become more efficient. More parameters should be implemented by the doctors to know the patients condition better. More medical facilities should be combined to provide a more comprehensive system of treatment to the patients.