Royal Philips has signed an agreement with Lakeland Health (St Joseph, Mich) to integrate the Philips IntelliVue Guardian Solution with automated Early Warning Scoring (EWS) at all three of Lakeland Health’s hospitals.

The IntelliVue Guardian Solution contains software and intelligent clinical decision algorithms allowing caregivers to accurately obtain vital signs and seamlessly integrate validated patient data directly to the EHR – reducing human errors and saving time.

Obtaining vital signs in real-time using EWS allows clinicians to identify subtle signs of deterioration in a patient’s condition at the point of care, hours before a potential adverse event occurs. Since Lakeland Health first implemented Philips patient monitoring technology in June 2016, the amount of rapid responses has increased significantly, with the number of cardiac and respiratory arrests decreasing by approximately 56 percent.

“Patient safety with zero harm is our number one goal at Lakeland,” said Arthur Bairagee, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Lakeland Health. “The IntelliVue Guardian Solution has changed the way we work by eliminating potential transcription errors and also providing caregivers immediate access to patients’ vital signs reducing delays in treatment time. With the help of the Guardian Solution, caregivers are immediately notified of changes in a patient’s vital signs which may put them at risk for conditions such as sepsis, cardiac arrest, or respiratory failure. Frequent monitoring with automated EWS allows caregivers and Rapid Response teams to respond earlier – in enough time to make a difference.”

“Through the IntelliVue Guardian Solution, we are aiming to change how clinicians work by providing them with the information they need at the moment they need it in order to intervene quickly,” said Felix Baader, Business Leader, Patient Monitoring at Philips. “Having automated tools that provide a comprehensive view into a patient’s condition not only aids in identifying potential patient deterioration earlier, but it also enhances workflow efficiencies by simplifying the medical documentation process and better utilizing limited staff resources.”