Medtronic plc has entered into a strategic partnership with BioIntelliSense for the exclusive US hospital and 30-day post-acute hospital to home distribution rights of the BioButton multi-parameter wearable for continuous, connected monitoring.
The partnership enables the Medtronic Patient Monitoring business to offer access to a medical grade device that provides continuous vital sign measurements of general care patients in-hospital as well as post-discharge. This supports the simplification of care delivery through workflow automation, enabling proactive clinical intervention, and helping to address the implications of staffing shortages.
The BioButton medical grade device, measuring up to 1,440 vital sign measurements per day, including skin temperature, respiratory rate at rest, and heart rate at rest, is the exclusive multi-parameter wearable for the Patient Monitoring business. This device, combined with advanced analytics, has the potential to help enable clinicians to better detect early signs of patient deterioration or, conversely, identify stable patients who may be candidates for earlier hospital discharge. The rechargeable BioButton device also has configurable acute and post-acute modes to continuously monitor patients as they transition from higher to lower acuity settings.
“Our vision is to empower clinicians and patients with actionable insights to personalize care — anytime, anywhere,” said Frank Chan, PhD, president of the Patient Monitoring business, which is part of the Medical Surgical Portfolio at Medtronic. “Today, our solutions touch more than 100 million patients annually in hospitals. Through our collaboration with BioIntelliSense, we will support continuous, connected care from in-hospital to home and expand our reach to help more patients in more places than ever before.”
With staffing shortages projected to reach 3.2 million healthcare workers by 2026, the Patient Monitoring business intends to continue to expand its HealthCast portfolio to improve workflow automation so clinicians can focus on what matters most — their patients. The HealthCast connectivity gateway helps increase workflow efficiency by connecting unconnected devices to the electronic medical records (EMR) and saves valuable staff time by reducing the burden of manual charting. The HealthCast VitalSync remote patient monitoring system enables clinicians to receive near real-time trend and alert data on web-enabled devices so they can act on patient deterioration earlier. With the addition of the BioButton multi-parameter wearable to the HealthCast portfolio, Medtronic can help even more general care patients inside and outside of the hospital, furthering our commitment to patient safety.
“In partnership with Medtronic, we are poised to accelerate continuous connected care models that offer a new level of clinical surveillance and workflow efficiencies for hospitals that are challenged in today’s environment of growing workforce shortages and cost of care management,” said James Mault, MD, founder and CEO of BioIntelliSense. “This advanced remote physiologic monitoring simplifies care delivery to facilitate personalized patient care, clinical workflow automation and proactive clinical interventions.”