Zebra Technologies Corporation and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) Netherlands, recently announced the first commercial deployment of the IoT-based Time Tracking Solution for Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) patients.

AMI occurs when blood flow is blocked in the coronary artery. As a result, part of the heart muscle is short on oxygen (ischemia) and is damaged. LUMC’s Cardiology Department set up the Door-To-Balloon (DTB) Task Force focused on ischemic time in heart infarction patients.

DTB is the crucial period from when the patient enters the hospital to when the blockage is removed to restore blood flow by inflating a balloon during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In order to reduce DTB time, real-time, accurate time tracking, evaluation and feedback is essential.

Zebra developed the solution with its Zatar IoT platform to enable hospitals to track patients and provide real-time feedback on DTB time.

“Zebra’s Time Tracking Solution for AMI patients allows us to track and evaluate door-to-balloon time in myocardial infarction patients. The system provides reliable, real-time feedback and helps us optimise the logistics chain in AMI care,” said LUMC Head of Cardiology, Professor MJ Schalij PhD MD.

The data provided allows all members of the medical team, including cardiologists, Emergency doctors, nurses, EMS staff, technicians and administrators to focus on reducing DTB time. It works by linking Zatar to the patients via Bluetooth wristbands.

The solution can be used in other time-critical emergency care, including Door-To-Needle (DTN) for tracking the response time to acute ischemic stroke.

LUMC completed a 6-month, 100-patient pilot review of the Time Tracking Solution and the solution has now moved into commercialization phase for all AMI patients. The technology was shared for the first time during the European Society for Cardiology Congress (ESC) in London last month.

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