Now more than ever, in the midst of a pandemic, healthcare IT leaders can use a comprehensive listing of companies that make technologies that help keep tabs on patients from afar.
In an age when nearly everyone is digitally connected in some way – even many senior citizens, who are often characterized as technophobic – it only makes sense that the healthcare industry is seeing a lot of connected health devices and remote patient monitoring (RPM) technologies.
Connected health devices run the gamut from wearable heart monitors, to Bluetooth-enabled scales, to Fitbits. They provide health measures of patients and transmit them back to providers – or in some cases are reported back to providers – to facilitate healthcare decisions from afar. Remote patient monitoring technologies are akin to telemedicine technologies, since they automatically observe and report on patients, often with chronic illnesses, so caregivers can remotely keep tabs on patients.
In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, connected health and RPM are more important than ever, because they enable physicians to monitor patients without having to come into contact with them, thus preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. They also keep patients with less severe cases out of hospitals, so preserving precious bed space for patients with severe cases. Hospitals across the nation are using connected health and RPM to great effect during the pandemic.
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To help healthcare CIOs, CMOs and other leaders find connected health devices and RPM technologies, Healthcare IT News has compiled this comprehensive listing of vendors. Here you will find concise descriptions of the companies and their products. And the list will continue to be updated over time.
Bardy Diagnostics is a digital health and remote patient-monitoring company focused on addressing a long-standing complaint by cardiac electrophysiologists and cardiologists regarding their frequent inability to clearly distinguish the P-wave on ECG strips of existing monitors. The company’s Carnation Ambulatory Monitor (CAM) Patch is a P-wave-centric ambulatory cardiac monitor and arrhythmia-detection device that also is designed to improve patient compliance for both adults and children through its lifestyle-enabling form factor.
To overcome signal-to-noise limitations with short patch vectors, the CAM Patch employs a novel circuit design and uses advanced compression algorithms to process the signal, ensuring clear P-wave recording. These technological advancements, combined with the placement of the CAM Patch over the sternum, creates an aVF-like lead, optimized for P-wave signal capture, in addition to being sensitive enough to capture the higher-amplitude QRS signal.
Designed for simple ease of use and discretion, and with women’s comfort in mind, the hourglass-shaped CAM Patch is placed on the center of the chest, directly over the heart, for optimum ECG signal collection up to 14 days. The proprietary technology of the CAM Patch is able to detect and clearly record the often difficult-to-detect P-wave, the signal of the ECG waveform that is essential for accurate arrhythmia diagnosis. The result is a high-sensitivity P-wave monitor that is comfortable for all patients during extended wear.
The CAM Patch can serve as a remote patient-monitoring system during the COVID-19 pandemic, the vendor said. The quickly evolving COVID-19 public health emergency has warranted the growing use of telehealth and non-invasive remote-monitoring devices to facilitate patient monitoring while reducing patient and healthcare-provider contact and possible exposure to the virus.
Source: Healthcare IT News