NASA Spinoff Database: Space-Proven Medical Monitor: The Total Patient-Care Package

NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 2006
Reference Number: JSC-SO-224
Category: Health And Medicine
Origin: Monitoring The Vital Signs of Astronauts in Space

Spacelabs Medical, now Spacelabs Healthcare, was co-founded by Ben Ettelson and James A. Reeves in 1958 for the express purpose of working with NASA and the U.S. Air Force on systems to monitor the vital signs of astronauts in space. As a prime contractor to NASA for the Gemini Program, the company manufactured and delivered prototypes of miniaturized signal conditioners to measure astronauts' temperature, respiration, and cardiac activity. It went on to further expand its knowledge of monitoring and maintaining health in space, and then brought it down to Earth, to dramatically change the course of patient monitoring in the field of health care. Today, the company's Intesys Clinical Suite enables ubiquitous access to patient information. One component of this suite is the Vital Signs Viewer, which allows physicians to see a patient's live waveforms remotely from any networked personal computer located outside of a hospital, such as a laptop set up in a physician's offsite office or home. Another component is the Clinical Event Interface, which advises caregivers of patient status or patient alarms, via advanced communication devices. In addition, Spacelabs Medical's WinDNA software provides hospital staff access to and interaction with medicine administration records, laboratory test results, any type of electronic report or chart located in other areas of a hospital, and any Windows program on a hospital's network. By allowing seamless data acquisition and exchange across an entire health care organization, this technology improves overall efficiency and prevents caregivers from having to leave a patient's side to obtain information that is physically located somewhere else.

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Page Number in Published book: 14
Manufacturer: Spacelabs Healthcare

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