Everywhere there is care, we are there


Saturday, 18 January, 2020

From its history in hospital beds and medical device development to one that advances connected care across the healthcare continuum, Hillrom are growing strong capabilities in connected devices, advanced analytics and delivery of actionable insights at the point of care.

Challenges in today’s complex care environment

In today’s healthcare environment data is plentiful. Devices connect with other systems to capture and send a variety of information. But without a purpose, this data is just noise. Smarter connections for better care are more important than ever before.

Smarter connections

62–71% of healthcare facilities reported a shortage of registered nurses.1

Automated data flow means less time spent on patient documentation and more time for caregivers at the bedside. In addition, enabling decision making to enhance patient safety and satisfaction.

Connected care makes smart bed data visible, useful and actionable to impact patient falls, patient satisfaction and caregiver efficiency. This is accomplished through integration with the EMR and/or real-time bed data status board and integration with patient safety applications to automate fall prevention protocols, bed exit alarms and bed status alerts that simplify caregiver workflow.

Smarter examples

Patient falls — 6.1 estimated reported fall rates per 1000 bed days.2

Bed technology provides constant monitoring of bed status, for example, the bed at its lowest height, siderails in use as per the healthcare facility protocol, patient position detection in bed or if the patient is exiting the bed. A Hillrom™ Smart Bed transmits that data direct to caregivers on facility status boards or on their wireless handset devices alerting them to a potential unsafe condition earlier to allow appropriate action or intervention.

Patient Weight Capture — Nearly 50% of patients admitted to hospital do not have their weight measured.3

In one study 44% of patients receiving the narrow therapeutic index IV antibiotic Vancomycin did not have a weight recorded.3

Weighing patients utilising bed technology and transmitting weight data from a Hillrom Smart Bed makes data meaningful and actionable to enhance patient safety and improve outcomes.

Pulmonary Complications — Clinician-diagnosed Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) was confirmed in 18.3% of patients.4

Bed technology which monitors and alerts Head of Bed (HOB) angle status is increasingly in use today. A Hillrom Smart Bed can transmit that data or provide remote alerting to better drive protocol compliance. Healthcare facilities can improve patient monitoring in accordance with local protocol.

Complete solution

Hillrom Smart Beds can be connected in a way to help elevate performance, improve safety and enhance patient satisfaction which can result in better outcomes. That’s better outcomes for our patients and the healthcare organisation.

The healthcare model of the future is all about connected care. To integrate seamlessly, you need a communications platform based on industry standards. The Hillrom care communications platform promotes interoperability between disparate solutions and information, extending the capabilities of your clinical support systems across the enterprise today and into the future. When systems work together, your caregivers and your patients benefit.

Hillrom is a global medical technology leader whose 10,000 employees have a single purpose: enhancing outcomes for patients and their caregivers by advancing connected care. Around the world, our innovations touch over 7 million patients each day. They help enable earlier diagnosis and treatment, optimise surgical efficiency and accelerate patient recovery while simplifying clinical communication and shifting care closer to home. We make these outcomes possible through connected smart beds, patient lifts, patient assessment and monitoring technologies, caregiver collaboration tools, respiratory care devices, advanced operating room equipment and more, delivering actionable, real-time insights at the point of care.


Aiken LH, Clarke SP, Sloane DM, Sochalski JA, Busse R, Clarke H, et al. Nurses reports on hospital care in five countries. Health Aff. 2001;20(3) 43-53.

The incidence and costs of inpatient falls in hospitals: summary July 2017. NHS improvement, Publication code IG14/17.

Esmita Charani et al. Lack of weight recording in patients being administered narrow therapeutic index antibiotics: a prospective cross-sectional study. BMJ 2014.

Griffin D, Thevarajan I, Iles S, et al. 2180. Incidence and Outcomes of Ventilator-Associated Events, Utilising Centre for Disease Control Criteria in a Tertiary Intensive Care Unit, Victoria, Australia. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2018;5(Suppl 1):S643–S644. Published 2018 Nov 26. doi:10.1093/ofid/ofy210.1836

Image caption: The Hillrom Centrella® Smart+ bed is the result of listening carefully to hundreds of caregivers. The Centrella bed acts as the hub for clinical data and patient safety applications and is designed to help address the challenges associated with the increasing acuity of med/surg patients. Patient satisfaction is a big part of the Centrella bed, with a USB charging part, convenient bed control locations, and the addition of an experience pod.

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