The Journal of mHealth Vol 1 Issue 1 (Feb 2014) - Page 28

News Highlights from the 2013 mHealth Summit Continued from page 25 invasive blood pressure (cNIBP) technology, the ViSi Mobile System is the first body-worn monitor able to non-invasively measure all core vital signs on a highly accurate, beat-to-beat basis. Today, most patients who reside on general medical/surgical floors in hospitals lack access to continuous monitoring and instead receive infrequent vital sign spot checks throughout the day and night approximately every 4 hours. To collect vital sign measurements hospital clinicians must wheel monitoring equipment from patient to patient and use various tools, such as a blood pressure cuff, and finger clip to obtain vital sign readings at finite time points. Patients often complain that the process is disturbing, especially to measure blood pressure with a cuff, while clinicians must rely on limited, sometimes hours-old data to evaluate their patients’ health. “Spot checks are labor-intensive and analogous to driving a car and opening your eyes every 4 hours to make sure you are still on the road,” said Gunnar Trommer, Ph.D., Sotera Wireless vice president of marketing. “Potentially dangerous patient deterioration can o