Clinician-observed at-home treatment could be safer, cheaper, and more effective than traditional hospital stays, especially for the elderly, frail or those vulnerable to complications.
Hope for COVID-19 Recovery
For those diagnosed with COVID-19, there is hope – at home. New and innovative Hospital-at-Home technology makes it possible for patients to be safely monitored at home, keeping them more protected and healthier.
Marking the launch of this technology, six patients at Renown Regional Medical Center and Renown South Meadows Medical Center diagnosed with COVID-19 were outfitted with this remote ‘hospital-at-home’ monitoring system. Renown clinicians plan to use the system to monitor upwards of 1,000 hospitalized patients and lower acuity patients from their homes.
How it Works
The Hospital-at-Home technology allows patients to receive hospital-level care in the comfort of their own homes by tracking the blood oxygen saturation and respiration rate – all accessible from their Android or iOS smartphone or smart device.
Patients wear a small metal finger cuff and have a multi-day supply of single-patient-use sensors and access to a mobile app. Data collected by the sensor is shared with the patient’s smartphone using a secure Bluetooth® connection. Patients answer questions such as, “are you having trouble breathing?” and “what is your temperature?” then, responses are sent to clinicians at Renown for evaluation.
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“We are working with some incredible partners to transform care and demonstrate value in a way that appeals to patients and helps clinicians improve outcomes and reduce costs,” said Tony Slonim, MD, DrPH, President & CEO.
“Renown is working with a number of exciting technology companies who provide hospital-at-home technology, especially as they respond to the needs of our community through the COVID-19 pandemic, and work to make healthcare more affordable by offering services in lower-cost settings,” says Ty Windfeldt, MBA, Chief Operating Officer- Health Services.
“This type of technology is a game-changer in improving patient care,” says Paul Sierzenski, MD, MSHQS, Chief Medical Officer, Acute Services. “Given the demand on our hospitals during this COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to provide appropriate patients with this telehealth solution which uses wearable, continuous pulse oximetry, assisting our management of patients with COVID-19, and allowing patients the convenience of being in their own homes.”
Mitchell Fong, Director of Telehealth Services at Renown, weighs in. “To know that we can provide quality care for patients recovering from COVID-19, and help ease their transition back to their everyday lives, where they can recover in the comfort of their own homes, is fantastic! Patients have shared that they enjoy being at home, sitting in their favorite recliner, enjoying a home-cooked meal, and even transitioning back to remote work.