Critical care for premature babies is now supported by real-time data mining at a Canadian specialist hospital.

Yesterday it was announced a data capture platform is live at McMaster Children’s Hospital of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada, which will collect high-resolution data (waveform and numeric) from over 50 critical care beds.

Dr. Edward Pugh, a Neonatal Intensivist at McMaster Children’s said: “Capturing this type of high-speed data in the hospital may be able to diminish the damage caused to vulnerable premature babies by treating infections before they show clinical signs for healthcare professionals.

“This has the potential to decrease length of stay and enable precious beds in tertiary referral hospitals to be available to all babies who need them in a facility close to their home.”

The system was created by True Process, a medical software and device company, and is currently installed in major hospitals in the United States and Canada.