The new solution enables continuous monitoring using wearable sensors in general hospital wards to detect patient deterioration earlier than traditional spot check methods and help improve patient outcomes


GE Healthcare’s Portrait Mobile wearable monitoring device. (Credit: Business Wire)

GE Healthcare has unveiled its wireless patient monitoring system, Portrait Mobile, which provides a real-time personalised view of the patient and helps clinicians detect patient deterioration.

Portrait Mobile features patient-worn wireless sensors that connect with a mobile monitor and enables patient mobility while continuously monitoring dual vector RR, SpO2 and PR.

Its continuous wireless monitoring feature enables the patients to move about the hospital, without being restricted to the bedside and allows visitors to easily interact with the patient.

Patient mobility will help improve patient outcomes and reduce the length of stay, which may lower costs and elevate patient satisfaction, said GE Healthcare.

In addition, the device comes with a routable communications architecture that allows hospitals to leverage existing infrastructure, reducing installation and maintenance costs.

GE Healthcare Finland engineering director Erno Muuranto said: “In an evaluation clinical study conducted at a London hospital in the UK, 90% of nurses reported that they feel more reassured about their patient’s condition when continuous monitoring is used versus vital signs spot check measuring.

“Portrait Mobile provides reliable measurement technology and meaningful alarms in a mobile setting.”

The medical technology company developed Portrait Mobile at its global centre of excellence for monitoring solutions in Helsinki, Finland.

The site has been a hub for the development of patient monitoring technology for decades.

Early detection of patient deterioration may help reduce the length of stay and intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and improve patient outcomes, said GE Healthcare.

The company said that its Portrait Mobile can continuously capture respiration rate, oxygen saturation and pulse rate for general ward and post-surgery patients.

Its advanced monitoring device allows caregivers to identify changes that signal cardiorespiratory complications or potential progression of an infectious disease.