We’re proud to announce the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a new patent for our patient monitoring system within the AI-Enabled E-Sitter software, involving a server, user device and in-room monitoring device that picks up on movement and voice cues.

“A patent gives added credibility to our AI-driven technologies already defining the hospital room of the future,” said Ghafran Abbas, co-founder, CTO and patent inventor who has spent decades successfully bringing responsive healthcare technologies to market. “As TV kits replace nursing carts and telehealth becomes the standard in inpatient care, these features will help caregivers oversee vastly more patients in less time while offering a reliable alternative to overstretched networks that are reliant on video.”

Our video analytics and roll-over bandwidth features, specifically, allow hospitals to significantly reduce network requirements while enabling nurses and providers to monitor up to 100 rooms at once. Competitive virtual sitter solutions only allow hospitals to monitor about a dozen rooms at once and can strain facility-wide networks. The newly patented features include:

  • Video Analytics: This feature uses edge computing to monitor patients and hospital spaces for movement and voice cues, transferring metadata 24/7. However, video is only used when required for visits or alerts, reducing bandwidth for most hospitals by up to 20-fold.
  • Bandwidth Preservation: Roll-over bandwidth technology guarantees Vitalchat devices stay up and running. Hardware endpoints search for the best-available Wi-Fi and seamlessly switch among the standard enterprise Wi-Fi, guest Wi-Fi and LTE to ensure every device stays online.

Ponemon Institute has revealed that every minute without network access costs facilities upwards of $8,000. Co-founder and CEO Alan Pitt, MD says these features are a game-changer for eliminating system downtime across hospitals and clinics.

“The stakes have never been higher for hospital systems to rein in costs while also improving the patient experience. This is a solution that can get them there.”

Hospitals and clinics nationwide leverage our virtual sitter and virtual visit technologies to close care gaps, improve efficiencies and enhance human interactions. Delivering a near-immediate ROI, these solutions are designed to scale affordably and effectively across an entire hospital or system.

Read more about the AI-Enabled E-Sitter and its industry-leading, patented features.