//InCor, everis Brazil, Xilinx, and NTT Disruption are working together to validate Virtual Patient Observation
Tuesday, 15 September / 2020

InCor, everis Brazil, Xilinx, and NTT Disruption are working together to validate Virtual Patient Observation

The Heart Institute (InCor) from the Clinical Hospitals, University of São Paulo Medical School, one of the world’s most recognized centers of academic and clinical excellence in cardio pneumology, has joined forces with everis Brazil, NTT Disruption, and Xilinx, Inc. to test NTT Disruption’s Virtual Patient Observation (VPO), a new technological solution for Intensive Care Units.

VPO utilizes video and machine learning to detect and predict a patient’s predefined behaviors, movements, or actions, with alerts in real-time, providing a tool for nurses and doctors to make patient care safer and more efficient.  It can be personalized based on the needs of each healthcare institution, or hospital wing differentiating between a patient sitting up, leaving the bed, or waving a hand.  Real-time alerts to hospital staff are assigned based on the level of care per predefined behavior.

In addition, VPO can be easily scaled to enable nurses to provide real-time responses regardless of the number of events or increase in monitored beds. Patient privacy is protected given the systems’ ability to utilize real-time processing and machine learning to learn, identify and predict behaviors, over online streaming, or video recording.

“Through this initiative, we are combining the technical capabilities and vision of NTT Disruption and Xilinx along with InCor’s strong performance in innovation through InovaInCor,” assured Prof. Dr. Jose C. Nicolau, Director of the Intensive Coronary Care Unit from InCor. “The development of this technology, through machine learning will provide more safety and well-being for the patient and will reduce stress for the team. Nurses can rely on this technological assistant in the monitoring of patients at risk typical of ICUs like a patient extubating or removing IV lines. The system can also signal potential signs and problems so the medical staff can assist the patient before the issue becomes critical or the patients hurt themselves. This is a fantastic technology, especially in high complexity ICUs such as InCor,” Prof. Nicolau continued.

“Xilinx is pleased to be part of delivering personalized patient care and healthcare efficiencies through the use of Alveo-powered Virtual Patient Observation systems,” said Freddy Engineer, General Manager, Global Datacenter BU, at Xilinx. “As healthcare institutions continue to embrace more smart hospital technologies, we look forward to improved patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs.”

Why is VPO necessary?

To provide effective care and treatment, healthcare practitioners must monitor patients around the clock. However, each nurse is assigned to monitor a certain number of patients. This makes it difficult for them to be there at the exact moment when the patient needs them and prioritize critical situations.

The need for constant and immediate attention makes healthcare practitioners’ job very demanding and stressful. As a result, direct 24-hour monitoring becomes inefficient potentially reducing patient care quality. Medscape’s annual survey validates this, by stating that approximately 50% of physicians experienced frequent or constant feelings of burnout, due to the large number of activities they are required to perform.

In order to improve the issues, the healthcare industry has been incorporating new smart technologies for hospitals, like VPO, to improve patient safety, operational efficiency and reduce burnout syndrome among healthcare professionals. COVID-19 has further highlighted the need to innovate within the industry to provide healthcare practitioners with tools to provide better care.
VPO is a personalized and highly effective patient safety solution designed to make a healthcare practitioner’s daily work easier. Key benefits for healthcare practitioners:

    • Allows 24/7 personalized and centralized monitoring
    • Facilitates a fast response upon event occurrence
    • Provides a user-friendly interface that does not interfere with operations
    • Optimizes staff dedication needed to monitor patients

Key benefits for patients:

    • Offers proactive 24/7 supervision
    • Initiates immediate attention of medical staff in case of need
    • Provides non-invasive care while delivering extra attention

In order to provide real time notifications on the patients monitoring activity, VPO relies on Xilinx Alveo™ accelerator cards to perform machine learning events detection on the video stream from each ICU unit with a super low latency response time, making it differential from other solutions and scalable-by-design for the hospital’s benefit.

“InCor’s knowledge of Brazil’s healthcare system combined with the Xilinx FPGA-power Alveo platform and everis Brazil and NTT Disruption’s experience in innovating with technologies aimed at disruptive projects have made VPO possible,” said Fernando Apezteguía, Head of Health at NTT Disruption.

The results of this solution’s effectiveness will be analyzed through this project, which will enable high impact on patient care, safety, and efficiency, while diminishing practitioner burnout.

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About Instituto do Coração (InCor)
Founded on January 10, 1977, InCor is one of seven institutes that make up the Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP (HCFMUSP) in Brazil. In its 40 years, the Institute has become one of the largest cardio-pneumological centers in the world in terms of service volume and in the number of subspecialties of the 3.2 million clinical analysis exams. It has performed over 1,000 heart and lung transplants up to date.For more information, please visit Instituto do Coração (InCor) website

About Fundação Zerbini
Entity created in 1978 to provide financial support to the Instituto do Coração, the Zerbini Foundation is responsible for attracting donations from companies and individuals, managing and investing in InCor’s own structure the resources arising from the institution’s services in Assistance, Teaching and Research in cardiology and pneumology. Characterized as an institution under private law and public benefit, philanthropic, charitable and non-profit, the Zerbini Foundation has no shareholders or quota holders.

About InovaInCor
InovaInCor was created by the Zerbini Foundation in conjunction with InCor as a Nucleus for Innovation Projects aimed at uniting researchers, companies, development institutes and government, aiming to accelerate the capture of human, financial and technological resources, aimed at generating solutions in the area of life sciences, mainly related to cardiovascular and respiratory needs, in order to promote social and human well-being.

About NTT Disruption
NTT Disruption was launched by NTT Inc. in 2019 to create and develop new disruptive solutions leveraging exponential technologies that produce an impact on people’s lives for good. It works with key players of different fields to co-create, co-validate and co-accelerate disruptive assets to “create today, what really matters for tomorrow”. Currently NTT Disruption is working in new solutions in Cognitive Social Agents, Liquid Platforms and Phygital Spaces.For more information, please visit NTT Disruption website