mobile20medicineWireless patient monitors are being hooked up to a centralised artificial intelligence system by researchers who say the technology will be able to decide which patients need doctors’ attention first. Ageing societies in the West mean that overstretched staff are finding the crucial job of keeping tabs on patient vital signs increasingly difficult.

‘There’s a real burden of having to record vital signs frequently and accurately, which we struggle to meet,’ said John Welch, nurse consultant in critical care at University College London Hospitals (UCLH), UK. It means there is a desperate need to automate the essential job of keeping watch on patients, and raising the alarm if things become critical. ‘Many of the raw ingredients are in place … but there’s no-one pulling them together into one system,’ said Welch……more