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University Hospitals implement real-time patient surveillance system for treating coronavirus

University Hospitals has implemented a new real-time patient surveillance system to aid in the care of coronavirus patients in the ICU.

University Hospitals announced on Monday that it is among the first health care systems in the nation to implement a new real-time patient surveillance system, which will be used in aiding the treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in the Intensive Care Unit.

Developed by Talis, the system is called “ACG-Remote” (Advanced Clinical Guidance Remote View ICU).

According to a release, ACG-Remote works by having a small box connected to the patient’s bed that sends data to a cloud. That information is then made available to doctors and/or nurses, who can monitor the patient’s vital information minute-by-minute from anywhere on the floor or even remotely outside the hospital.

With the ability to quickly see all vital information, UH will also be able to monitor and quickly respond to the need of patients on ventilators, who have had a high mortality rate. Monitoring data remotely is also expected to reduce clinician virus exposure and preserve personal protective equipment (PPE).

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