GE Healthcare has deployed a new software solution to enable remote monitoring of Covid-19 patients data in hospitals.

The Mural Virtual Care Solution will be available on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Hospitals can use the tool to monitor their ventilated patients and identify those at risk of deterioration.

It is intended to ease burden on hospitals during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic crisis. This will made possible by allowing clinical surveillance of each intensive care unit (ICU) patient across a hospital.

GE Healthcare president and CEO Kieran Murphy said: “As both large and small hospitals treat the growing number of Covid-19 patients, the strain on healthcare providers and systems will be unprecedented.

“Not only is GE Healthcare providing critically important medical devices to address this global challenge, but we are also rapidly scaling technologies to aid clinicians in delivering safe, effective and efficient care. We are excited to have a partner like Microsoft to help us arm clinicians with the software tools they need.”

An installation of the software across a 100-bed multi-site ICU network can be monitored by three senior nurses and two intensivists.

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Mural Virtual Care Solution delivers near real-time data from ventilators, patient monitoring systems, electronic medical records and labs, among other systems, allowing a clinician to track multiple patients at a given time.

In addition, remote monitoring is expected to decrease the exposure of clinicians to Covid-19.

Apart from real-time remote surveillance, health systems can use Mural to activate care protocols required to treat patients with Covid-19 infection.

The technology can also help detect patients who require intervention, including ventilation and lung injury management for those on extended mechanical ventilation.

Mural can be used by hospitals or health systems of any size, said GE Healthcare. It has already been deployed at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).