Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)
Tracking Patients in the Critical Care Continuum
The healthcare system of the US is expensive and routinely does not generate successful outcomes due to lack of visibility in the care continuum from the hospital to when patients are discharged to the home. Imagine a scenario of when healthcare professionals can monitor patients all through this journey for medication compliance to monitoring vital health parameters & making the “data” available to the care professionals in a seamless and timely manner.
We are developing a technology enabled solution that addresses these pain-points along the care continuum with smart monitoring using “data driven” devices & analytics. The solution enables outcomes monitoring by analyzing the data collected and providing insights by a cloud enabled dashboard.
The insights could include medication compliance, routine but necessary vitals like temperature, blood pressure and weight, week-wise utilization graphs from say a CPAP system for sleep disorder, CHF, diabetes & other medical conditions that use medical device prescriptions ordered by a doctor that the home health care professionals need to monitor.
Added to this, the location of the patient is available in case of an emergency where the home care professional or the doctor needs to be alerted when the patient calls for an emergency intervention by indicating the severity coded red, yellow, orange or green depending on the level of intervention that is needed. Such services are provided by companies like Lifeline Alert or the Ambulance service providers on call at the residence.
Apart from location information, data related to performance of devices (for calibration or maintenance), daily usage feedback - data related to nightly use by patient, adherence to prescriptive use can be made available in some cases by Mobile App for extra functions provided by medical device vendor.
All such information usually available in disparate sources or ‘silos’ related to patient presented in ONE system could immensely help the care professionals to triage critical care cases that need immediate attention vs routine cases.
This type of approach could improve outcomes manifold and alleviate potential cost to patient or savings to the medical insurance systems.