PLEASANTON, Calif., March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaf Healthcare's wearable Patient Monitoring system has been named this year's most innovative pressure ulcer prevention product in North America.
Frost & Sullivan will present Leaf with a special award during a March 15 ceremony in San Diego. Leaf was singled out for both innovation and the significant benefits its Patient Monitoring system delivers to healthcare providers and patients.
"The Leaf Patient Monitoring System is the industry's most advanced tracking system, improving nurse efficiency and compliance with turning protocols and thereby dramatically reducing hospital-acquired pressure ulcer occurrences," said Venkat Rajan, global program director of Visionary Healthcare, Frost & Sullivan. "Leaf Healthcare's continuing innovation has led to the creation of the new gold-standard of turning compliance management."
Rajan said the Leaf system enables hospitals to increase nurse efficiency and enact high compliance with turning protocols to reduce unnecessary expenditures and patient pain associated with hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.
The benefits of patient turning and improved patient mobility are well recognized and include accelerated recovery times, fewer medical complications and shortened hospital stays.
The award recognizes the first application of the Leaf Patient Monitoring system, which focused on the prevention of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, a leading threat to quality healthcare. The system monitors patient movements to ensure patients are repositioned according to their prescribed turning schedules to reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers.
"This recognition is particularly exciting for us because Frost & Sullivan is committed to identifying the 'Next Big Things' in every industry it covers to provide clients with the benefits of leading-edge innovation," said Barrett Larson, Leaf co-founder and chief executive officer. "It's an honor that such a respected firm recognizes the enormous benefits of therapeutically beneficial movement to patients."
Institution-acquired pressure ulcers are a leading threat to modern quality healthcare. Research by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that pressure ulcers cost the nation's healthcare system more than $11 billion a year. The condition is both excruciatingly painful for patients and costly for providers since it is considered preventable and, therefore, does not qualify for reimbursement by government and other payers.
To help healthcare providers reduce these costs – while improving patient safety and clinical outcomes – Leaf creates wireless patient monitoring solutions.
The Leaf system is comprised of a small, lightweight, wearable sensor that electronically monitors a patient's position, movements and activity. Data collected by the sensor is communicated wirelessly to central monitoring stations or mobile devices so that caregivers can check on patient position and movement. The system provides alerts when necessary to ensure that all patients wearing a Leaf Sensor are repositioned according to their prescribed turning schedules to reduce incidence of pressure ulcers. The device has been cleared for sale by FDA 510(k).
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About Leaf Healthcare, Inc.
Leaf Healthcare creates wireless patient monitoring solutions for health care providers seeking more efficient, cost-effective ways to improve patient safety and clinical outcomes. The Leaf Patient Monitoring System wirelessly monitors a patient's position and movement, and uses that data to automate and document the management of prescribed turn protocols for patients at risk for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers and other immobility-related hospital-acquired conditions. The company continually seeks to incorporate more patient monitoring features and capabilities into its technology platform, enabling ever-broader improvements to patient safety, clinical efficiency and patient outcomes. To learn more, visit www.leafhealthcare.com.
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SOURCE Leaf Healthcare