DIGITAL REMOTE MONITORING
With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many patients are still hesitant to visit hospitals to seek treatment or follow-up with appointments. Providing care for patients in their home, if their conditions permit, can alleviate such fears as well as reduce the stress of high costs related to hospital stays.
This is where digital health remote monitoring technology comes in. It enables medical, nursing and healthcare professionals to stay in touch with patients at any time through a smartphone app. They can track key health information like clinical symptoms, heart rate, heart rate variability and heart-rhythm detection in real time.
In addition to this we are also monitoring a patient’s mental health and wellbeing through regular assessments so that we obtain a holistic view of a patient’s health.
We’ve partnered with Perth-based clinical biotechnology company Emyria and are using their award-winning digital platform called Openly for contactless remote Covid-19 screening. Openly is registered with the TGA as a medical device.
The positive about the mobile app is that patients can receive treatment in the familiarity of their own home with increased comfort levels for those going through what can be an extremely challenging time. Also, 90 per cent of Australian residents own a smartphone that makes this platform extremely accessible to the wider community.
If the possibility of Covid-19 infection is detected, the mobile app provides clear steps on how the patient can get the care they need no matter where they’re located. Plus they have the remote support of the allied healthcare professional team.
By supporting people at home, the remote monitoring app takes the pressure off of GPs and emergency departments, who are then freed up to focus on more acute cases.
It also helps to stop the spread of Covid-19 by helping people stay at home to safely recover.
We’re currently using the smartphone app to help monitor patients with chronic lung disease and to provide higher quality clinical care to aged-care patients in remote locations like their own home.