Healthcare technology continues to evolve and impress us every year. This year won’t be any exception. Innovations in patient monitoring devices hope to improve both care given to patients and the manner care is provided. It also aims to improve prognosis and quality of life. Here are the latest innovations in patient monitoring devices.


NHS England Explores More Patient Monitoring Solutions

Just November of last year, the UK National Health Service started working with Reliq Health, a company that creates telemedicine and mobile health products for community-based care. The goal is to explore different remote patient monitoring solutions and see how Reliq Health’s platform can help in improving health outcomes and reduce costs for individuals that have chronic conditions.

The platform makes use of a secure cloud-based software, sensors, and voice technology to support patients and their caregivers in proactively managing chronic conditions at home, thereby minimizing exacerbations and complications. It also decreases healthcare costs and improves patient satisfaction.

Reliq’s platform is currently enrolling patients from the Imperial College Hospital in London. The platform emulates a hospital to create a fully automated “virtual ward” in a patient’s home. It tracks vital signs and medication adherence. It also gives alerts for different tasks, from taking medications and vital signs to performing their prescribed exercises or activities. Educational materials are also provided so patients and family members can have a better understanding of the condition and manage it in a better manner.

The NHS Is Ready to Roll Out Two Apps for Better Care Management

The UK’s NHS is ready to roll out two applications that will allow the healthcare team to gather clinical data from patients at home. The program is currently being tested at four hospitals around Oxfordshire and could extend to four other NHS districts over the following year. This is the first time the NHS is testing a platform that gathers information directly from an mHealth device, instead of depending on the data sent by a patient to a provider.

The app is expected to provide medical-grade data that is crucial in providing proper care. Since the home is quickly becoming a primary care setting, more and more healthcare providers are utilizing connected care to minimise visits to the emergency department and reduce readmissions.

The apps have been developed over the last eight years and target chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and gestational diabetes.

Close Monitoring of People Suffering from Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a hard habit to break. And those who are undergoing treatment for the addiction often experience relapse. Close monitoring allows for early intervention, which is why two companies are currently working on improving remote patient monitoring to improve care given to people who have alcohol use disorder.

Soberlink, creator of a remote breathalyzer approved by the FDA, will partner with MAP Health Management, provider of a remote platform. Together they will launch a pilot program this coming April. MAP’s platform focuses on improving financial and clinical results for chronic behavioral health disorders, such as substance use disorder. Those who will participate in the program will be provided with a Soberlink device which will be linked to their MAP profile.

The breathalyzer makes use of facial recognition technology to confirm the user’s identity. It will also send real-time information to MAP’s platform in case the user tests positive for alcohol, misses scheduled tests, or does a test with negative results.

The platform is capable of notifying the appropriate healthcare team members if it thinks that the patient is at risk for relapse. Team members will also be notified if the person is using alcohol.

MAP Health and Soberlink work with various treatment programs separately, but combining both technologies is a new innovation for the population. Although remote patient monitoring has become a norm for chronic conditions such as diabetes, it is something new to the substance disorder scene.

Improvement of Cardiac Monitoring System

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Endotronix, maker of cardiac monitoring systems, has added more money to fund the development of its remote cardiac monitoring system. The system known as Endotronix’s Cordella Heart Failure system is made of a wireless pulmonary artery sensor and a cloud-based patient management system. Endotronix is currently focusing on improving their clinical program so the product can soon be used commercially.

Monitoring any changes in a person’s heart rate is the best way to recognize a worsening heart failure. However, such observation was only available in clinical settings until recently. Endotronix’s system is different from other implantable devices as it allows patients and healthcare team members to see the data and come up with customized plans depending on the changes. The system is believed to play an important role in streamlining care and improving outcomes. It can also reduce healthcare costs.

Healthcare technology continues to play an important role in patient care, whether they are at home or in the hospital. And this year the world will see new technologies being tested and hopefully will create significant changes in the healthcare scene.

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