The Vizient Designation, for Masimo’s Wearable, Wireless Patient Position, Orientation, and Activity Sensor, Recognizes Products That Bring Improvements to the Healthcare Industry
Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) today announced that Centroid®, a wearable, wireless patient orientation and activity sensor, has received an Innovative Technology designation from Vizient, Inc., the largest healthcare performance improvement company in the United States. Masimo exhibited Centroid in combination with the Masimo Root® Patient Monitoring and Connectivity platform at the Vizient Innovative Technology Exchange held in Dallas last October.
Every year, healthcare experts serving on Vizient member-led councils review select products and technologies for their potential to enhance clinical care, patient safety, healthcare worker safety or to improve business operations of healthcare organizations. Innovative Technology designations are awarded to previously contracted products to signal to healthcare providers the impact of these innovations on patient care and business models of healthcare organizations.
Masimo Centroid is designed to help clinicians monitor patient position to avoid hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) – which affect nearly 2.5 million patients in the U.S. each year, of whom nearly 60,000 die as a direct result1 – and can alert clinicians to sudden movements such as fall-like events. In addition, Centroid detects chest movements to continuously provide respiration rate, assisting clinicians with additional data to help them make more informed care decisions. Centroid pairs with Root using Bluetooth® to track a patient’s posture, orientation, and activity, providing the ability to monitor patient position and detect changes in position. The data transmitted by Centroid can be displayed in various formats on Root, giving clinicians multiple ways to assess adherence to protocols regarding tissue stress and to tailor care to the specific needs of each patient.
In addition, Centroid data can be relayed via the Masimo Hospital Automation™ platform to Patient SafetyNet™, Masimo’s centralized remote patient supplemental monitoring platform, and Replica®, a mobile application that allows clinicians to view continuous data regardless of location. Moreover, connectivity to the Masimo Hospital Automation platform allows clinicians to automate the charting of patient turns in electronic medical records (EMRs), as well as run reports and analytics, helping to direct resources and drive continuous improvement in turn protocol adherence.
HAPIs are on the rise, occurring in nearly 5% of all hospitalized patients in the U.S.1 Elderly and critically ill patients are often at highest risk for developing a HAPI, which can lead to further treatments and extended lengths of stay in the hospital. To compound the patient impact associated with these pressure injuries, there is a major economic burden for the hospital as well. Pressure injuries are classified as a hospital-acquired condition (HAC), and the treatment costs associated with HACs are non-reimbursable to the hospital. One pressure injury can quickly add up to tens of thousands of dollars in excess patient care expenses. Many facilities in the US spend millions each year treating these wounds.2 Pressure injuries are also a reportable quality metric to CMS.3
According to the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP), scheduled turning protocols are known to prevent HAPIs, yet most U.S. hospitals still use techniques such as paper wall clocks or egg timers – methods proving to be ineffective and archaic in modern healthcare – to try and optimize this practice.4 Staffing issues and competing priorities have strained nurses, and staying on top of when a patient was last turned is difficult without a more sophisticated system – such as Masimo Centroid.
Bilal Muhsin, Chief Operating Officer of Masimo Healthcare, said, “We are honored that Vizient has selected Centroid for its Innovative Technology designation. Centroid takes advantage of our many years of experience developing advanced monitoring technologies, algorithms, and automation solutions to provide a streamlined and powerful way to help hospitals track patient position from moment to moment. Many thanks to the Vizient council for recognizing our commitment to helping improve patient outcomes, reduce the cost of care, and improve life.”
“A product receives this designation when it has a unique quality that differentiates it from its competitors,” said Kelly Flaharty, Vizient Senior Director of Contract Services. “Our member council determined that Centroid met this standard and recognizes its potential to improve quality outcomes.”
Vizient represents a diverse membership that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health delivery networks and non-acute healthcare providers and represents approximately $130 billion in annual purchasing volume. Through its Innovative Technology Program, Vizient works with member-led councils and task forces to evaluate products for their potential to bring real innovation to healthcare. Vizient may award a contract to products deemed worthy of the Innovative Technology designation outside of the competitive bid cycle.
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