Current Health’s remote healthcare platform enables continuous monitoring of high-risk patients while reducing resource strain
Current Health announced that its remote healthcare platform is being used to power South Shore Health’s Mobile Integrated Health (MIH) program. This initiative is designed to provide acute and post-acute care in the home as an alternative to traditional brick and mortar healthcare services.
“The SNF at Home program has been instrumental in helping us care for high-risk patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Kelly Lannutti, MIH Medical Director and Program Development and Clinical Innovation Physician at South Shore Hospital. “As the pandemic accelerated our growth of home-based care, we found that having real-time access to continuous patient vital sign data was critical to ensuring the same level of care in the home as a patient would receive in the hospital or in a post-acute setting. Current Health’s platform helped fill this need, enabling us to deliver round-the-clock patient management remotely, without putting a strain on resources.”
During home visits, South Shore Health’s specially trained MIH paramedics provide clinical interventions including physical examination, IV medications and fluids. They also collect laboratory studies. In conjunction with South Shore Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), patients enrolled in the program may receive intensive physical and occupational therapy, as well as nursing services. Patients eligible for the program have a variety of diagnoses, including congestive heart failure, COPD, COVID-19 and pneumonia, among others.
Patients enrolled in the MIH program may be equipped with a Current Health kit, which includes: a wearable device which continuously and passively captures patient vitals including respiration rate, oxygen saturation, mobility and step count, pulse rate, and body temperature; a tablet for communicating with members of the MIH provider team; and the Current Health HomeHub device, which provides internet connectivity for patients who do not already have it in their home. A visiting paramedic sets up the equipment, ensuring an easy onboarding process for patients.
Adam Wolfberg, Chief Medical Officer of Current Health, said, “As the world shifts to provide more care in the home, the need for solutions that can continuously, passively and remotely monitor patients wherever they are is critical. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with South Shore Hospital, whose innovative approach to at home care is delivering the care options patients want, while simultaneously ensuring physicians and nurses have access to the critical data that allows them to deliver better, more proactive care.”