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2012
Norton Healthcare Unveils Innovative Monitoring System for Moms-to-Be

AirStrip OB Allows Physicians to ‘Be There From Anywhere’ by Monitoring Patients Via Smartphone

LOUISVILLE, KY. (Nov. 1, 2012): Norton Healthcare is the first health care provider in Kentucky to acquire and implement an innovative patient monitoring system that allows obstetricians to keep a closer eye on their labor and delivery patients than ever before, resulting in safer moms and babies.

AirStrip OB™ delivers vital patient waveform data – including fetal heart rate and maternal contraction patterns – in real-time from the hospital labor and delivery unit to a physician’s smart phone or tablet from anywhere the doctor gets a cell-phone connection. Additional patient data is also accessible, including nursing notes, vital signs and order results.

AirStrip OB works with the iPhone®, Android, BlackBerry® and a variety of Windows Mobile® devices. The application is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and supports compliance with federal patient privacy regulations.

The app improves the quality and safety of patient care for expectant moms and babies in many key ways, according to Norton Healthcare obstetrician Reed Nett, M.D., by:

  • Allowing the physician to access live information about his or her patients in labor, no matter where the physician is. That means the physician can see the mom’s and baby’s heartbeat, the contraction patterns, and other vital data that is coming directly from the patient monitoring systems in the hospital. Essentially the physician is viewing the same patient information that he or she would see at the patient’s bedside, looking at the monitor for heartbeat, contraction patterns, or signs of distress.
  • Allowing the physician to watch his or her patients in labor anywhere a Wi-Fi or cell phone connection is available.
  • Saving precious minutes when a fetus is in distress. If labor and delivery nurses are concerned about what they see on hospital monitors, they can alert the physician on call, who pulls up the same images in real time via the app. The physician can then begin interventions immediately, rather than having to wait to get to the hospital. Interventions could include everything from having the woman lie on her other side to alerting an anesthesiologist to prepare for an emergency cesarean section.
  • Allowing the physician to have access to all notes and care nurses have provided since a patient entered labor and delivery. Physicians can also scroll back on monitor readings to determine how contractions or fetal heart rate have changed. Before, nurses would call the physician to describe what they saw on the fetal heart rate monitor, the most important indicator of fetal wellbeing. Now the physician can see for him- or herself.

“The comfort, safety and security of our maternity patients is of paramount concern at Norton Healthcare hospitals, and AirStrip OB offers an added layer of protection,” said Dr. Nett, an OB with Advocates for Women’s Health, a part of Norton Women’s Care, who delivers babies at Norton Suburban Hospital (future home of Norton Women’s Hospital) and is an avid AirStrip OB user. “No matter the demands of the day or my location, I can closely watch my patients in labor and be in a position to react immediately to a change in situation – I’m virtually at the bedside 24/7. AirStrip OB fosters better communication and decisions, resulting in healthier moms and babies because of faster delivery decisions. Even 10 minutes saved can make a huge difference for the safety of the mother and baby. My patients and their families really love this new technology.”

“This is a truly groundbreaking system,” said Jennifer Evans, M.D., an OB with Associates in Obstetrics & Gynecology, a part of Norton Women’s Care, who is also an avid AirStrip OB user and delivers her babies at Norton Suburban. “AirStrip OB is the first and only such remote patient monitoring system in the United States. We are excited to be able to put this application to use on behalf of our patients to help ensure safer moms and babies.”

Ashley Catapano of Louisville, who recently delivered her baby at Norton Suburban, noted that peace of mind meant a lot to her. “I already was 100 percent confident in my Norton Healthcare obstetrician, but I’m certainly glad she had what she needed to be even better at her job,” Catapano said. “I knew she was watching out for me, even though she couldn’t be at my bedside at all times.”

Norton Healthcare delivers more than 8,000 babies each year at Norton Suburban Hospital, the future home of Norton Women’s Hospital, and Norton Hospital.

AirStrip OB represents the wave of the future for physicians receiving real-time patient data on their smart phones or tablets, according to Steve Heilman, M.D., system vice president & chief medical information officer for Norton Healthcare. For example, Heilman said, ambulances could send EKG results directly to physicians’ smart phones or tablets as the patient is being taken to the hospital ER. In the hospital setting, key data from anywhere a patient is being monitored, including the Intensive Care Unit, Operating Room, Emergency Department, etc., could be transmitted to physicians’ smart phones or tablets.

“As health care continues its transition into the digital age, more and more physicians will be using this new technology to promote more accurate, timely and targeted patient care,” Heilman said.

About AirStrip Technologies Inc.
Addressing the most pressing needs of a rapidly evolving global healthcare system, AirStrip develops mobile technology that drives enhanced clinician engagement, strengthened care coordination and improved clinical and financial performance. AirStrip’s platform has been tested and proven in the most rigorous care environments and it has received FDA 510(k) clearance. By unlocking, transforming and mobilizing live and historical patient information from existing monitoring devices and EHR systems to various mobile devices regardless of operating system, AirStrip helps transcend the geographic and technological barriers that delay informed clinician action. AirStrip’s enterprise-wide solution suite and its live and predictive analytics together create unprecedented opportunities to improve the health of individuals and populations. AirStrip is backed by investments from Sequoia Capital, Qualcomm, Inc., Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), and the Wellcome Trust. Visit www.airstriptech.com for more information. The AirStrip media contact is Chris Lato at (608) 219-7231, chrislato@airstriptech.com.

About Norton Healthcare
For more than 125 years, Norton Healthcare’s faith heritage has guided its mission to provide quality health care to all those it serves. Today, Norton Healthcare is a leader in serving adult and pediatric patients throughout Greater Louisville, Southern Indiana, the state of Kentucky and beyond. The hospital and health care system is the Louisville area’s third largest private employer, providing care at some 140 locations throughout Greater Louisville and Southern Indiana. The Louisville-based not-for-profit system includes five Louisville hospitals with more than 1,800 licensed beds; 10 outpatient centers; 12 Norton Immediate Care Centers; more than 12,000 employees; in excess of 600 employed medical providers; and more than 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. Norton Healthcare was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious National Quality Forum National Quality Healthcare Award, along with the 2011 Kentucky Hospital Association Quality Award. The organization has consistently been recognized as one of the best places to work in Metro Louisville, the state of Kentucky and nationally. Norton Healthcare and Humana were among the first nationally, and the only ones in Kentucky, to study the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model through the prestigious Brookings – Dartmouth ACO Pilot Project. More information about Norton Healthcare is available at NortonHealthcare.com.

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