The CardiacSense Medical Watch with single lead continuous ECG monitoring can automate vitals and telemetry monitoring. Heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, can be automatically uploaded into the medical record. Single lead ECG continuous recording is also available as is real time analysis of rhythm changes.
The CardiacSense Medical Watch can track vitals on hospital patients after discharge to catch exacerbations early and avoid readmissions
Your hospital is subject to the Medicare rule withholding reimbursement from hospitals who have above average 30-day readmission rates for specified conditions. In order to reduce your readmission rate, you have spent time improving your discharge medication reconciliation procedures. You also now require that your staff book a follow up appointment with the patient’s outpatient physician before they are discharged, and you have even hired a transitional care physician to maintain contact with patients in high risk groups soon after discharge. Despite these efforts, readmissions continue to plague your institution. Many patients don’t keep their appointments, and even the transitional care physician finds it difficult to make progress. Most patients say they are compliant with their medications and report no symptoms right up until they are back in the emergency department. Your transitional care doctor has now blossomed into a transitional care team including nurses and physician assistants to help you track all of the discharged patients. Your expense is increasing, and your readmission rate has not fallen. You decide to try a pilot project utilizing the CardiacSense Medical Watch on a select group of your sickest patients. By alerting you to deteriorating conditions even before the patient is aware of them, you are better able to intervene at an early stage and avoid readmissions. Because the data allows you to target only those patients which actually need your help, you are able to streamline your team while at the same time avoiding readmissions and medicare penalties.
Patients may be discharged early from the hospital into the home environment where they are monitored remotely using the CardiacSense Medical Watch and have regular in-person nurse visits and/or remote tele visits.
Patients may be sent straight into home hospitalization from the Emergency Department, bypassing the hospital completely, with the confidence that they will have full monitoring capabilities in their own home. A remote monitoring center monitors the data 24/7 and can forward the information to the patient’s physician.
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