Rockdale Medical unveils mobile monitoring for pregnant women, cardiac patients

Rockdale Medical Center is the first healt care facility in the metro Atlanta area to acquire a mobile patient monitoring solution that allows obstetricians to keep a closer eye on their labor and delivery patients, and gives cardiologists immediate access to electrocardiograph (ECG) data, RMC officials announced in a release.

AirStrip ONE OB delivers live patient waveform data — including fetal heart rate and maternal contraction patterns, along with vital signs and nursing notes — from the hospital labor and delivery unit to a physician’s smartphone or tablet from anywhere the doctor gets a cellphone connection.

Additional patient data is also accessible, including nursing notes, vital signs and order results.

In addition, cardiologists at Rockdale are now using AirStrip ONE Cardiology, which can enable faster communication with emergency medical technicians conducting ECG in the field, and shorter average times for heart attack patients to get proper care upon arriving at the hospital.

Both AirStrip ONE solutions work with a variety of mobile devices, are cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and support compliance with federal patient privacy regulations, according to the release. To date, AirStrip ONE OB has supported physicians with more than 1.8 million deliveries across the U.S., averaging some 514,000 births covered annually.

AirStrip ONE OB allows doctors to closely watch their patients in labor and be in a position to react immediately to a change in situation, no matter where the doctor is located, with the goal being to improve patient care, according to the release.

Using AirStrip ONE Cardiology supports faster, expert confirmation, correction, and influence on the diagnosis and treatment plan for heart attack patients, according to the release, as cardiologists and the entire care team can see an ECG in a matter of moments. That helps physicians assess the patient’s condition immediately, and make an informed care decision.

The ECG is one of the most common tools used to assess cardiac patients. The sooner a physician can assess what’s wrong, the sooner treatment can begin and help prevent as much heart damage as possible.