Today’s 4.0 release of the web-based Piavet Platform brings new charts and advanced data trend visualization to Piavet Users. We have had ideas brewing for some time about how to make our vital sign data easier to visualize and analyze. That, combined with feedback from our User Board and Vet Board in 2020, resulted in some big, beautiful changes! The updates seen in this much-anticipated release are also largely reflected in the simultaneously released 2.5 version of the Piavet app for iOS.
Okay, we’re ready to get down to the details! If you’re already familiar with the Piavet System, scroll down to learn more about WebApp version 4.0. But if not, here’s a quick introduction.
The Piavet System – A Quick Look
The Piavet System‘s main components—the Piavet Measuring Device, Piavet Belt, Piavet Base Station, and Piavet Platform—work together to provide real-time, non-invasive, remote access to patient vital signs.
The durable hardware and comfortable surcingle enable long-term recordings of ECG, R-R intervals, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and activity. The data is then made available on our software platform. Simply log in to your account to access live or past recordings, collaborate with colleagues, and more! To learn more about Piavita and the Piavet System, check out our website and subscribe to our blog to get important information straight to your inbox.
WebApp Version 4.0
Version 4.0 of the Piavet WebApp brings new charts, advanced data visualization technology, and exciting new functionality. These thoughtfully designed charts are aligned with the charts available so far on version 2.5 of the iOS app (yes, there’s more to look forward to!), which means a seamless transition from your desktop or laptop to your iOS mobile device.
The new charts on the Piavet Platform may feel, at first, like a whole new experience. So, to enable a smooth transition for our users, we haven’t done away with the original charts. These will still show up as the default, at least for a while. Look for the unicorn emoji in the bottom-left corner of a live or historical recording to easily try out the new charts. And then simply switch back by clicking on Switch back to original charts, found in the right-side panel.
Version 4.0 brings a whole new way to visualize vital sign data and trends, and smoother ECG drawing and buffering means easier analysis of cardiac cases. Check out the complete list of what’s new with version 4.0, then keep scrolling to learn more about some of these updates.
- New Recording Chart shows all or selected vital signs on one chart
- New, improved and dynamic mathematic models for vital sign recording display
- Use new recording trend graphs to see detailed section summaries
- Enjoy interactive ECG details
- New relationships between recording events and vital signs
- Directly access the informational “About Piavet” webpage
The new charts are not only beautifully designed, but full of functionality. There is now a Recording Chart above the ECG Support Chart that shows the graphical measurement data for all parameters. On this chart you can easily select which data to view by toggling the parameters—heart rate, respiration rate, temperature, and activity—on or off. This chart also has full-screen mode and easy click-and-drag interaction to see a specific range of data in more detail. And vets can also configure the x-axis, choosing to view the measurement’s length in hour-minute-second format or the actual time during which the measurement was taken.
In addition, the original charts’ data trends were fixed and always based on the last 20-second window of data. But with new dynamic mathematical models, the new charts’ data trends are based on the full measurement or the selected timeframe in the recording. These trends are automatically refreshed every 30 seconds during a live recording.
Recording Trend Graphs
Another new feature—and something that will be strikingly obvious when viewing the new charts—is the recording trend graph section. At the bottom you’ll now find colorful gauge-like graphics for each parameter. These provide additional information at-a-glance for easier case analysis and treatment planning.
In the heart rate observation section, you will see information about the HR, resting HR, and RR intervals. Get a quick look at the average, minimum, maximum, and latest HR values from the selected timeframe, and see the SD rate (the average standard deviation over a 5-minute window) and RMSSD (the root mean square of successive differences (square root = average of RR interval 1 and RR interval 2).
The respiration rate observation shows the respiration trend for the selected timeframe in breaths per minute.
Similar to the respiration section, the temperature observation shows the temperature trend (up or down) for the selected timeframe.
The activity observation shows the percentage of each activity level for the selected timeframe. The activity levels detected are rest (standing), lying (laterally), walk, trot, and canter.
Switching Between New Charts and Original Charts
The new charts on the Piavet Platform may feel, at first, like a whole new experience. But don’t despair! Our developers haven’t done away with the original charts. The original charts will show up as the default, at least for a while. But if you look for the unicorn emoji, you can easily try out the new charts. And then simply switch back by clicking on Switch back to original charts, located in the right-side panel where your notes and alerts are listed.
This new chart technology makes it easier for vets to see detailed information about a patient’s vital signs, whether looking at the live recording or analyzing a completed one. By double clicking on the top-level Recording Chart, the entire measurement is shown. This allows you to then view a selection of the data in greater detail by simply clicking and dragging.
The ECG portion of the data will show up in the ECG Support Chart for even more detailed analysis. This ECG chart works the same way, with double-click and click-and-drag capabilities. You can also more easily analyze specific waves in the ECG with the ability to view 1–30 seconds of the selected timeframe.
New Relationships Between Recording Events and Vital Signs
There are also now new relationships between the recording events and the chart data. This means that when you hover your mouse over things like alerts, notes, or attachment quality details (found in the right-side panel), you will notice that it jumps to the related location in the chart. This makes for a faster and overall more user-friendly experience when viewing events in the data.
Access ‘About Piavet’ Page
Another update is the new ability to directly access our About Piavet webpage from the Piavet Platform. This new page gives Piavet Users access to a growing repository of helpful information. Users can view platform tutorials, access the pia.vet login page, contact support, and see all the latest release notes as they happen.
Stay connected to your patients, no matter where you are.
At Piavita, we like happy vets and healthy horses. It’s that simple. Our mission is to transform veterinary care by providing remote health monitoring technology to the veterinary industry. With a non-invasive, sensor-enabled hardware device and sophisticated software platform, the Piavet Solution automates and digitizes repetitive, manual tasks to help vets save time and improve patient outcomes. We are a diverse group of engineers, developers, researchers, and horse people with a passion for delivering meaningful solutions to veterinarians. We operate in Europe and the USA, with headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland. Have a question or suggestion? We’d love to hear from you.