For example, we're working in prevention and precision diagnostics, improving our understanding of why people fall ill for more accurate interpretation of symptoms. This means we can apply medicine in a more precise way and through image-guided minimally invasive procedures.
In the field of patient monitoring, we've developed what we call 'connected care', where we have approximately 275 million patients tracked with our patient monitors each year. We're also managing over 30 petabytes of imaging data for healthcare providers around the world. So if you're a radiographer or cardiologist, you can have real-time access to a wealth of information to guide your decision-making process.Chris:
How does this translate into hardware? What are some of the material challenges you face in terms of patient experiences?Sean:
Any clinical environment, hardware needs to be clean, germ-free
, low-maintenance, but also robust enough to stand up to everyday wear and tear.
An extreme example of that was when visiting an emergency department in a major US hospital. As the major trauma center for the city, they deal with a lot of gunshot wounds. You're wheeling people in who are in extreme distress into this environment, often they're bleeding out and you're getting them onto a CT machine to determine what the damage is and what interventions they need; and it has to be done quickly and effectively. There's no time to dress up or prepare the area.
Now, when you go back in the cold light of day, and look at this device – which looked beautiful in the catalog and looked amazing in the trade show – when you see it in reality, it's battered, bruised, it's got scuff marks and cracks, and you can see they've hosed it down a million times to keep it clean. We need to make material choices and design with this context of use mind.