“Remote Monitoring systems prevent a medical situation to turn into an emergency”

Ganesh Subramaniam, Vice President of R&D, at Murata Vios explains the latest trends in continuous and wireless patient monitoring systems and his company's product offerings

Ganesh Subramaniam is responsible for the technical and managerial leadership of large diverse teams in the development of the Vios patient monitoring product suite. He is passionate about technology with extensive product development experience spanning over 30 years across diverse subjects such as Networking, Telecom, Medical, Automotive, Industrial, Test & Measurement Systems.
In the tech-driven healthcare landscape, remote monitoring is transforming patient care in India. The market is projected to grow from USD 1.76 billion in 2024 to USD 2.54 billion by 2029, with a CAGR of 7.67%.
In an exclusive interview, Ganesh Subramaniam, Vice President of R&D, at Murata Vios, a medical tech leader known for Vios Monitoring System, explains the latest trends in continuous and wireless patient monitoring systems and his company’s product offerings.

BV LogoWhat are the latest trends in continuous and wireless patient monitoring systems?
Continuous and wireless patient monitoring systems have seen notable trends and developments in recent times. One significant trend involves the integration of wearable devices, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, into monitoring systems to provide a comprehensive view of a patient’s health. Remote Patient Monitoring has gained traction, allowing healthcare providers to monitor patients outside traditional healthcare settings, enhancing patient care, and reducing the need for frequent hospital visits. Advances in sensor technologies have led to more accurate and reliable monitoring devices, utilizing miniaturized, low-power sensors for unobtrusive and continuous tracking.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasingly utilized in healthcare, fostering seamless communication between devices, and improving interoperability among different monitoring systems. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) applications are being integrated to analyze large datasets, providing insights for early detection, predictive analytics, and personalized medicine. The integration of patient monitoring systems with telemedicine platforms has become more prevalent, enabling remote monitoring and consultations. There is a growing emphasis on chronic disease management, with monitoring systems playing a crucial role in tracking and managing conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and cardiac issues. As connectivity increases, cybersecurity measures are being prioritized to safeguard sensitive patient data from potential breaches.
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What sets your monitoring systems apart from others in the market? 
The Vios Monitoring System can be credited for its data accuracy, thereby making it reliable in clinical environments. It is an FDA approved product, and its accuracy and quality are what sets it apart in the market. Additionally, it is a reusable device which reduces clinical waste and makes it a sustainable choice.  We utilize state-of-the-art medical-grade IoT sensors and remote monitoring services to optimize patient management across various stages of care.

“The integration of patient monitoring systems with telemedicine platforms has become more prevalent, enabling remote monitoring and consultations.”

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How user-friendly are these for both healthcare providers and patients?
Our Vios monitoring systems, featuring the small and lightweight Chest Sensor, offer a user-friendly experience for healthcare providers and patients. The Chest Sensor provides continuous monitoring with 7-lead ECG, heart rate, respiratory rate, SpO2, pulse rate, posture and activity, non-invasive Blood Pressure and temperature ensuring optimal patient comfort. Our systems are battery-operated, have a user-friendly touchscreen, and operate on a secure, encrypted network. With HIPAA compliance and continuous clinical and IT support Vios prioritizes efficiency, security, and user satisfaction in healthcare monitoring. Our overarching goal is to empower both providers and patients, ultimately improving clinical outcomes and enhancing satisfaction with the healthcare experience.
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What kind of integration capabilities do your systems offer with existing hospital or clinic infrastructure? 
Murata Vios offers monitoring systems that seamlessly integrate with the infrastructure of any hospital or clinic, ensuring smooth connectivity and interoperability. Our systems are designed to interface with clinical decision support tools, electronic health record (EHR) systems, and other commonly used healthcare IT platforms. Recognizing the importance of versatility, our solutions are highly scalable to meet the diverse needs of different healthcare environments, ranging from large hospitals to home care settings.
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How scalable are your monitoring solutions for different healthcare settings, from hospitals to home care environments?
Whether deployed in extensive hospital networks or smaller clinics, our monitoring solutions can be customized to address the specific requirements of each setting. This adaptability provides flexibility and scalability to accommodate evolving patient care needs. Additionally, our systems are tailored to support telehealth and remote monitoring programs, enabling patients to receive high-quality care from the comfort of their homes. This promotes continuity of care across various settings and enhances the overall healthcare experience.
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How does your company handle data analytics and insights derived from continuous patient monitoring? How do your systems ensure patient data security and privacy?
The data and insights from patient data is always with the hospital or the care setting that the patient is dealing with directly and is not shared with us. Once we equip the hospital with Vios Monitoring System (VMS), we train the staff at the hospitals and equip them to handle it independently. The system as such is secured at multiple levels and the data is heavily encrypted to ensure that the data is at the right hands, and it does not get leaked from the hospital network.
The patient data is secure in the VMS, both while the data is at rest and while the data is in motion. The PHI data is encrypted and kept separated from the patient data (vitals, ECG) in the data store. The Patient data is also encrypted while in motion. The Patient data and PHI are never associated together while at rest or in motion. All these ensure that the VMS ensure patient data security and privacy.

“Without VMS, the clinician has no way of confirming the atrial fibrillation without ordering a 12-Lead ECG.”

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What are the economic implications of remote monitoring on reducing hospitalizations, and cutting healthcare expenditures?
The core idea of Remote Monitoring is to take a proactive approach towards health rather than a reactive approach. Remote Monitoring systems prevent a medical situation to turn into an emergency by continuously observing patient vitals and making data-driven decisions in optimum time. This approach eventually lowers the chances of ICU admissions and ER visits, thereby reducing healthcare and associated costs. This approach not only reduces the healthcare costs but also reduces strain on hospital resources while simultaneously equipping the hospital to treat more patients within its existing facility. Further, by taking a proactive approach a patients’ clinical outcomes are usually better and saves unnecessary interventions. It is cost-savings for both, the patients as well as healthcare providers.
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Can you provide examples of how your monitoring systems have improved patient outcomes or streamlined healthcare workflows?
VMS has prevented patient’s Emergency Room transfer by detecting a critical cardiac event early during the patient deterioration. In one case, the patient with COPD encountered a A-Fib with a heart rate ranging between 124 BPM and 145 bpm and tachypneic with a respiratory rate of 35 to >40 breaths/min, which was detected by VMS and alarms were raised. Without VMS, the clinician has no way of confirming the atrial fibrillation without ordering a 12-Lead ECG.
The VMS provides several other patient management capabilities. One such is the use of Turn compliance reporting. This ensures that patients are managed well for bed sores ensure they are turned as per hospital protocol.
The VMS computes an Early Warning Score for each monitored patient. Rather than instantaneous vitals value, the rate of change of EWS can determine if the patient’s condition is improving or worsening over time.