The first commercial deployment of a real-time tracking and monitoring solution for heart attack patients has been announced by Zebra Technologies Corporation and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in Leiden, The Netherlands
The time tracking solution has been used by the hospital to enable real-time, accurate time tracking, evaluation and feedback to help clinicians reduce the crucial period of time (DTB) from when the acute myocardial infarction patient enters the hospital to when the blockage is removed to restore blood flow by inflating a balloon in the heart (referred to as door-to-balloon time).
The solution is powered by Zebra’s IoT platform Zatar, Bluetooth Smart wristbands and digital display devices installed in-route from door to catherisation lab in the hospital. Hospitals can start using the solution very quickly as it installs in days without IT support and does not require significant training of staff. The solution can also be used in other time-critical emergency care, including door-to-needle (DTN) for tracking the time in response to acute ischemic stroke - see photo below.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death globally, leading to 17.3 million fatalities annually, and that number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) occurs when blood flow is blocked in the coronary artery. As a result, part of the heart muscle is short on oxygen (ischemia) and damaged.
LUMC’s Cardiology Department set up the Door-To-Balloon (DTB) Task Force focused on ischemic time in heart infarction patients. DTB is the crucial period of time from when the patient enters the hospital to when the blockage is removed to restore blood flow by inflating a balloon during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In order to reduce DTB time, real-time, accurate time tracking, evaluation and feedback is essential.
Zebra Technologies worked with LUMC to develop a solution powered by Zatar, Zebra’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform to enable hospitals to track patients and provide real-time feedback on DTB time. The real-time data provided allows all members of the care-giving team including cardiologists, ED physicians, nurses, EMS staff, technicians and administrators to focus on the reduction of DTB time.
LUMC completed a six-month, 100-patient pilot review of the time tracking solution and the solution has now moved into commercialisation phase for all AMI patients.
Prof. Dr. M.J. Schalij PhD MD, head of Cardiology, Leiden University Medical Center, said: “Zebra’s Time Tracking Solution for AMI patients allows us to track and evaluate door-to-balloon time in myocardial infarction patients. The system provides reliable, real-time feedback and helps us optimize the logistics chain in acute myocardial infarction care.”
Phil Gerskovich, senior vice president, New Growth Platforms, Zebra Technologies, said: “Our Time Tracking Solution for AMI patients is focused on helping hospitals focus on providing greater attention and care to patients in urgent, time-sensitive use cases. We are excited about completing the Leiden pilot and moving to production to benefit even more patients.”