VitalConnect is a new program that has been delivering support for in home care patients who are discharged from either Brigham Hospital or Women’s Hospital in Boston, both establishments that are working to improve after hospital care.
This program allows patients to receive sufficient direct medical care and attention from their doctor and nurses within their home environment, and then VitalPatch, which is a badge that affixes to the skin, monitors many vital statistics including heart rate, body temperature, respiration, and it can even follow sleeping habits and whether the individual may have fallen.
This new program through these two hospitals rely on VitalConnect, but they are also expanding the program to include video visits, which could be a way for doctors to maintain closer interaction and follow up care to their patients when they are sent home.
As noted in the Health Data Management blog, Wearable tech enables hospital to deliver care at home, written by Joseph Goedert:
“Now, the program is expanding to support patient-physician video visits along with the addition of community health workers and a handyman for construction of any needed support services, such as handrails or a ramp.
While the program is tailored to each patient’s needs, intensive monitoring by clinicians typically occurs during the first three days at home, just as it would be in the hospital, where most patient stays are about the same length of time, according to [David] Levine [MD]. “Patients are happy to be at home even when acutely ill, and we’re able to deliver care with a little help from the IT department and our excellent clinical care teams.”
More adults -seniors and others- prefer to be at home while dealing with any number of health related issues. These can include medical emergencies, major surgery, or injuries sustained in accidents.
This new home hospital program was launched in 2016 and is now being relaunched in May, 2017. The initial launched allowed the two test hospitals to determine the best ways to integrate this technology. The program is designed to be tailored to each patient’s specific needs.
With proper follow up care and monitoring, the end result could lead to improve recovery and reduced hospital readmission rates as well as lower overall health care costs for those who may require acute home or hospital care. This program was not limited to age and there was no immediate data released regarding its success on a patient-by-patient basis.