A Leader in Patient Safety
As chief nursing officer at West Chester Hospital in 2014, Patrick Baker urgently sought a viable solution for a critical hospital problem: patient falls.
From firsthand experience, Patrick was well aware that injuries from patient falls cost acute care hospitals across the U.S. millions of dollars each year. While incurring massive, unrecoverable expenses, hospitals also suffered declines in national patient safety rankings.
Envisioning an Accurate Nurse Alert System
Existing technology – such as bed sensors and in-room video monitoring – was falling short in effectiveness and accuracy. Patrick ultimately struck upon the concept of a patient sock embedded with sensors and wireless Bluetooth “beacon” technology. The system would immediately alert the nearest nurses that a patient is out of bed and walking unassisted.
To pursue his idea for a smart patient sock, in 2016 Patrick cofounded Palarum LLC, headquartered in Lebanon, Ohio, together with his brother Chris Baker, Chris Harsdorff, Josh Fogle, and Dr. Greg Alexander. As chief executive officer, Patrick assembled a board of directors and a team of entrepreneurs, businesspeople, healthcare professionals, and technology “wranglers,” as well as leading international partners.
PUP is Born
Palarum’s research and development team created and repeatedly refined the PUPTM smart sock. PUP (for “Patient is Up!”) uses the latest eTextile wearable technology, plus advanced robotics, processing power, and an unprecedented nurse notification system.
The potential for PUP drew immediate interest. It attracted the attention of many prospective hospital customers as well as investors, who provided $3.4 million in startup funding. In late 2017, PUP also received FDA approval as a predictive medical device. The first PUP sock system was acquired and implemented in November 2017.
Ensuring and enhancing patient safety is our primary mission. After creating the most advanced patient mobility monitoring system in healthcare, we aim to become a leading technology innovator in multiple areas of patient safety.
PUP technology, originally developed to prevent patient falls, has already evolved into a viable solution for rehabilitation, long-term care, and physical therapy facilities. Palarum technology can be applied, for example, to monitoring patients when more mobility is prescribed, and to help facilities measure patient foot pressure while standing in order to adapt treatment approaches. Sports trainers have even shown interest in PUP as a tool to measure and improve athletic performance.
Join Our Journey
At Palarum, we look forward to uncovering additional applications and opportunities for our technology. We envision an exciting future and we invite you to learn more about us. Thank you.