Hospital teams gear up to deliver remote, at-home, vital-sign monitoring


A new innovation, hospital-at-home (HAH), could help the healthcare industry to cope with Covid-19 related problems, such as a lack of resources, bed capacity and healthcare workers being stretched beyond capacity.
“HAH allows patients, who would otherwise be admitted into a general ward in a hospital, to heal from home instead, with 24- hour remote vital-sign monitoring and active clinical intervention from their treating doctor,” reported BizCommunity (7 January 2022).
“The HAH concept was first developed and tested by Dr John Burton, of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, in 1995. The average length of treatment was shorter and overall costs were lower compared to hospital stays. Patients are at lower risk of exposure to secondary infections; they are able to be more mobile from home; and they can be closer to their loved ones which mentally plays a big part too. For hospitals and doctors, there is reduced pressure on resources, including hospital beds and on doctor time so that more patients can be treated remotely, according to the research.
“From a medical scheme point of view, HAH and remote monitoring services are now starting to be covered from a patient’s hospital plan benefit, with a shorter duration of treatment needed for HAH patients.”

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