Masimo's new product lets docs view patient monitors on their screen of choice

By Heather Mack
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Irvine, California-based Masimo, makers of a suite of non-invasive patient monitoring devices and sensors, has expanded the capabilities of its connected platform to allow physicians to view more data, more clearly and in the configuration that works best for them.

Clinicians get a lot of data from Masimo’s bedside monitoring devices – which include the recently FDA-cleared forehead sensor, several pulse oximeters and a few other devices – and complex care can mean the need to keep tabs on multiple data streams at the same time. But all that data can be tough to view simultaneously on Root’s primary smaller display, so the company has extended its reach with the launch of Kite, a supplementary data display that can sync with Root so long as it is connected (wirelessly or wired) to Root on the same IP network.

“Our goal is to minimize clinician distraction and maximize focus on the patient and relevant data,” Masimo CEO and founder Joe Kiani said in a statement.

By relaying the data from the point-of-care-device to clinicians in whatever venue they need, such as cardiac theaters or emergency rooms, Kite aims to make it easier for the clinician to quickly parse out and clearly view data at critical moments. For example, they may be performing a procedure and want to monitor brain function, respiration, pulse oximetry and blood pressure, but looking at the primary Root device is too small and cluttered. With Kite, they can simply access that same data on a larger, centrally-located screen.

Kite also aims to make it easier for multiple members of the care team to view data together –  such as when an anesthesiologist and surgeon both need access to information at the same time and place –  as well as provide more visible clinical decision support.

“Kite greatly enhanced the visibility of the Masimo monitor,” Joseph Bremer, a perfusionist at Mountain View Regional Hospital said in a statement. “During bypass I could easily view cerebral blood flow allowing time to validate adequate perfusion to my patient and maintain my attention on my bypass circuit.”