AirStrip Celebrates Significant Obstetrics Mobile Patient Monitoring
Pioneering mHealth solution drives gains in patient safety, clinical
efficiency and $80 million-plus in fiscal impact
SAN ANTONIO -- January 8, 2013
A detailed analysis of the value and impact of AirStrip OB^TM has revealed
wide-ranging positive influences on patient safety, risk management, and
clinical efficiency through use of the pioneering mobile patient monitoring
Deployed within such leading healthcare provider organizations as Dignity
Health, Ardent Health Services and Alegent Creighton Health, AirStrip OB is
licensed to thousands of clinicians across the U.S., and recently marked six
years since its introduction.
AirStrip OB is the first mobile patient monitoring solution released by
AirStrip Technologies, Inc., and is now in use nationwide to monitor women in
labor. Hospitals actively using AirStrip OB have contributed to the following
significant mHealth milestones:
*Labor and delivery (L&D) teams utilizing AirStrip OB have delivered more
than 1.4 million babies since the initial deployment in 2006.
*Of those million-plus deliveries, more than 2,400 at-risk deliveries have
been positively impacted.
*By focusing on the most frequent risk management issues in perinatal
malpractice cases (including delay in diagnosis and treatment of fetal
distress, misinterpretation of fetal heart monitoring data, and
communication breakdowns among clinicians), AirStrip OB has helped
mitigate nearly $63 million in malpractice exposure.
*To date, physicians have logged more than five years of physician virtual
bedside availability while using AirStrip OB on their mobile devices,
representing a net financial gain of $12 million.
*AirStrip OB has also reduced unproductive communications between nurses
and physicians, which has increased clinician productivity time by more
than 163,000 hours – a collective savings estimated at $5.4 million.
The fully sourced analysis of AirStrip OB’s impact on labor and delivery in
U.S. hospitals can be found here.
Dr. Jeffrey Stearnes, a longtime AirStrip OB user at Alegent Creighton Clinic
in Omaha, NE, noted that AirStrip OB has had a measurable impact on the way
labor and delivery care is provided.
“The first time I saw the actual patient waveforms that I normally see at the
hospital right there on my phone, I knew that it would be a game-changer, by
allowing me to check on my patients anytime and anywhere,” Dr. Stearnes said.
“Also, being able to look at other patient information including the vitals
and nurses’ notes is invaluable, particularly when I am in the clinic or at
another location. No matter what, I can still keep a close eye on my patients
Dr. Vivien L. Pan, an AirStrip OB user at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo,
CA, notes that AirStrip OB can be a beneficial tool for high-risk pregnancies.
“Practicing high-risk obstetrics is important because there can be some very
serious complications during pregnancy,” Dr. Pan stated. “My role is to ensure
the health and well-being of both the baby and the mother. The first time I
used AirStrip OB was quite an amazing experience – being able to view the
fetal heart rate tracing right at that instant, and have an idea of how my
patient and her baby are doing right at that moment.”
“Ten years ago, AirStrip co-founders Gene Powell, Trey Moore and Dr. Cameron
Powell, an obstetrician, began developing their shared vision of using mobile
technology to make births safer. From that initial innovation, AirStrip has
grown into an industry-leading, enterprise-wide mHealth solution,” AirStrip
CEO Alan Portela said. “The full promise of mobility as a way to transform
healthcare is now coming to fruition, thanks in no small part to the
trailblazing AirStrip OB solution.”
“We know that AirStrip OB has had a substantial impact on clinical workflow
and quality of care,” added AirStrip President and Chief Medical Officer Dr.
Cameron Powell. “Right now AirStrip OB is used to monitor almost a
half-million births each year. Most importantly, we are proud to say that
AirStrip OB is playing a role in improving outcomes for both mothers and their
AirStrip OB is part of the larger enterprise-wide, vendor-neutral and data
source-agnostic AirStrip healthcare mobility solution that also includes
AirStrip CARDIOLOGY^TM, AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING^TM, AirStrip Meaningful
Use Tracker and mobile access to EHR systems.
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.
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