Remote Patient Monitoring shows promising results in COVID-19 treatment

RPM aids healthcare providers in delivering at-home care to COVID-19 patients

The recently published early results of the Kaiser Permanente Southern California COVID-19 home monitoring study show high effectiveness in preventing hospital admissions and improved recovery times.

The Kaiser Permanente Southern California health system has developed and implemented a COVID-19 remote patient monitoring program as an alternative to hospitalization to prevent unnecessary hospital surges. The study includes outcomes of 13,055 patients enrolled in the program from April 2020 to February 2021.

At the time of enrollment, patients received instructions as to how to report their symptoms and what to expect out of the program. In addition, patients and their caregivers received handouts and video tutorials to help them navigate through the process. All of the participating patients were supplied with a pulse oximeter, a thermometer, and an app where they reported their symptoms. Patients were asked to complete a COVID-19 symptom survey. The program provided additional resources for non-English speakers and those with limited access to broadband and smart devices. The program also provided 24/7 support to the participating patients and the care team was in contact with each patient daily through telemedicine video calls.

The appropriate training and a strong relationship between the care team and the patients yielded a very high patient adherence rate (94%) which made this program successful. The patient satisfaction rate was also notably high (94%).

The early results show effectiveness in preventing hospital admissions and improved clinical outcomes. 95% of the patients recovered successfully, completing the program on an average of 9.2 days. About 10% (1387 of patients) were admitted to the hospital based on the reported symptoms, and 0.2% (20 of patients) died while being monitored at home.

The alerting system notified providers in real-time if survey answers or biometric readings fell outside the expected range or if the patient’s symptoms were worsening. On average, patients triggered 3.39 alerts during daytime and 1.05 alerts during nighttime throughout their time in the program.

The remote monitoring program allowed the Kaiser Permanente team to adequately treat a high volume of patients within a short time frame. The high patient adherence (94%) and high patient satisfaction rate (94%) show a great promise for at-home treatment. We are hopeful to see more programs and studies effectively report outcome data that will help strengthen the stand for the benefits and capabilities of remote patient monitoring.

Vivadox provides a complete Remote Patient Monitoring platform that allows healthcare providers to manage remote monitoring patients, analyze and interpret data, conduct virtual follow-up sessions to discuss patient progress, and have the necessary information and CPT codes for billing. The cellular out-of-box ready devices allow for a seamless connection between the device and the provider’s system, while also minimizing the work that needs to be done by the patient. To learn more about our Remote Monitoring program visit our website or reach out to us directly at contactus@vivadox.life.

Source:

http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/issues/2021/summer/7664-description-and-early-results-of-the-kaiser-permanente-southern-california-covid-19-home-monitoring-program.html#ref

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