ANDOVER, Mass. – Philips Healthcare has signed a non-exclusive patent license agreement with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for a mobile software application that provides integrated, real-time patient monitoring.
The software application, known as Batdok (Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit), was developed by the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and was designed as a wearable technology that allows a medic to monitor multiple casualties in the field using a smartphone or tablet.
Adaptation for civilian applications will advance telehealth capabilities, said Kirk Hendler, vice president of business development for government solutions at Philips, in a statement.
Wireless sensors placed on the patient send vitals information to the device, providing medical personnel enhanced decision making when alerted to changes in patient condition. The application also records all vital signs and information logged by the attending staff, with seamless data transfers during patient handoff.
The patent license agreement allows Philips to finalize product development and begin offering solutions to government and civilian customers.
“By combining exceptional mobility, user experience and reliability, Philips will use Batdok to improve patient monitoring,” Hendler said. “This all-in-one mobile solution will enhance care delivery by bringing critical data to decision makers.”