Rinicare Ltd, a leading company in the research and development of state-of-the-art technology solutions for the healthcare sector, in collaboration with Lancaster University’s Science and Technology researchers and the University Hospital of South Manchester, are trying to address the challenges arising by postoperative complications. Postoperative complications represent a significant economic burden to healthcare systems. Doctors need to know as much as possible and as soon as possible about their patient’s ailments and their associated risks. If identified and treated early, associated prolonged critical care stay and mortality would reduce dramatically.
Rinicare proposes to address this opportunity with PREDICTOR, an innovative risk identification and monitoring system that produces continuous real-time risk scores, calibrated to the patient’s physiological data, to recognise even the most subtle signs of developing complications. PREDICTOR assists clinical staff to detect potential cardiac, renal and respiratory complications in post-operative patients earlier, allowing prompt, preventive medical intervention that leads to marked improvements in hospital lengths of stay, morbidity and mortality rates and hospital care costs. Doctors can access this information at any time, even from home on their personal devices.
Rinicare’s CEO, Professor Garik Markarian, stated: “When a patient is critically ill or recovering from surgery, doctors monitor the patient’s blood pressure, temperature, pulse and other vital signs very closely but have to rely on their experience to predict what is likely to happen next. Pilots have the additional benefit of tools to help them do that. This new tool has the potential to give doctors an extra layer of intelligence to draw upon.”
University Hospital of South Manchester’s Research Fellow in Surgery, Dr Stuart Grant, also commented: “There are vast amounts of clinical data currently collected which is not analysed in any meaningful way. This tool has the potential to identify subtle early signs of complications from real time data. If the aviation technology can be successfully transferred to healthcare it has the potential to provide doctors with information which could improve outcomes for patients.”
PREDICTOR benefits both Rinicare and the society as a whole. It buys doctors precious time to take preventive action against risks, it increases the efficiency of aid to patients and allows prioritisation of treatment. The system will be applicable in a number of different healthcare settings.