Smart hospital beds enabling effective patient monitoring and effective delivery of care
Smart hospitals beds have a remote monitoring system which keeps a track of the patient. Smart hospital beds contain sensors for body temperature, heartbeat, blood, oxygen and pressure sensors, among others. All of these signals are required and necessary for the doctors to monitor the health of the patients. This system is located in the hospital beds and transfers all patient signals to the supervisor, especially in those cases which require intense care. This critical information is sent to the central system of the hospital and enables health supervisors to instantaneously review and monitor patient’s vitals. In addition, this system sends alert messages, or signals, to the supervisors in case of any sudden change in the status of the patient during that period of time. Since a large amount of time spend on the bed, it is imperative for the hospitals to monitor the patient’s condition while the person is on the bed. Smart beds have offered an effective solution for healthcare providers to constantly monitor patients to provide better care to the patients. Such advanced beds with monitoring devices ease the burden of the hospital staff that is responsible to monitor the patient’s condition. In addition, smart beds have proved instrumental for healthcare providers to predict, detect and prevent unscheduled bed exits.
The market of smart hospital beds is in emerging stage and is expected to create an impact in the medical devices with the increase of its commercialization. There are some factors, such as the increasing demand for comfort from hospitals, rising healthcare expenditure, on-going technological advancements and growing prevalence of chronic diseases, which are driving the growth of this market. However, high costs of such advanced beds have limited the adoption of smart beds and poses as a major restraint in the growth of this market.
The Asia Pacific smart hospital beds market is expected to grow at a significant growth rate due to the increasing privatization of hospitals in major countries including China, India, Indonesia, and Thailand, among others. Moreover, factors such as ageing population and increasing healthcare expenditure in the region are further expected to fuel the growth of the smart hospital beds market in the Asia Pacific region. Hospitals in major countries including China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia create high demand for smart hospital beds in the Asia Pacific region.
Some of the prominent players involved in the smart hospital beds are Paramount Bed Co., Ltd., AKFA Holdings, Narang Medical Ltd, Stryker Corporation, TENTE International, Eldon Enterprises Inc., Wanma Electron Medical Co. Ltd., Hill-Rom Holdings Inc., Getinge Group, Invacare Corporation and LINET spol. s r.o, among others.