Georgia-based Emory Healthcare has partnered with Andor Health to introduce the latter’s inpatient monitoring technology at its hospitals.

This partnership aims to enhance patient safety by reducing the risk of falls and other safety concerns.

The health system will deploy Andor Health’s ThinkAndor solution.

This tool leverages generative artificial intelligence (AI) to detect safety risks such as falls, self-harm, and elopement by analysing data from various sources, including listening and real-time visualisation.

Emory Healthcare will start piloting this virtual sitter technology at two of its hospitals on medical and surgical floors and in the emergency department this month.

The virtual sitters, working remotely with registered nurses, use voice activation to communicate with patients and alert on-site staff about safety concerns.

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In the first year of the alliance, the health system intends to adopt this technology for 32 inpatient rooms.

Plans are on for implementing the solution to another 50 rooms in the second year.

This solution will address the staffing constraints in hospitals and operate 24/7.

Andor Health chairman and CEO Raj Toleti said: “Fundamentally, we have a shared vision of how we can transform clinical paradigms with the latest innovation in AI and virtual collaboration experiences.

“Advances in new technologies like generative AI-based virtual sitting, and ambient monitoring open opportunities to reduce operational burdens, staff shortages and costs while allowing the health system to focus on delivering quality care.

“Progressive health systems like Emory Healthcare can leverage virtual hospital capabilities such as virtual sitting at scale to effectively observe patients while optimising staff with this additional support.”