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Early warning system for pediatric patients could alert providers to deteriorating conditions (video)

recallA Canadian health IT company has developed a system to alert medical teams when a pediatric patient’s condition deteriorates. The company is preparing to submit a 510(k) application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Bedside Early Warning System.

Rajesh Sharma, the CEO of Bedside Clinical Systems presented the device at a recent eHealth Summit at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia. It is one of 12 companies vying for a place in a health IT incubator being set up by the Canadian Consulate.

He told MedCity News that the system works on a ranking system from 0 to 28 to indicate the severity of a child’s illness. It is designed to provide healthcare professionals with “a window of opportunity” to intervene and potentially avoid code blue incidents. A visual chart tracks a patient’s vital signs and clinicians can input data and provide an objective score to show the severity of the child’s condition.

Some hospitals are looking at adding predictive tools to electronic medical records. Geisinger Health System added information about patients’ conditions and risk factors, called the Modified Early Warning System, to its EMR system that has helped decrease heart attacks. It generates a score using an algorithm based on vital statistics and mental status, and then signals providers when close monitoring and prompt intervention are needed, according to a recent report by the Commonwealth Institute.

Although early warning devices have been developed for adults, Amit Jhas, the director of business development at Bedside Clinical Systems, said its device is the first one aimed at children.

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