ConnectedLife and Apollo HomeCare are evaluating the feasibility of using wearables to remotely monitor long-term care patients, as well as COVID-19 positive cases that are asymptomatic or display mild symptoms.
We are in the pilot phase with Apollo HomeCare, part of Apollo Hospital Group, to analyze vitals data assessment using conventional methods, versus off-the-shelf wearable devices like Fitbit and Garmin as a remote monitoring solution.Apollo Hospital Group is Asia’s foremost integrated healthcare group, with a presence of 71 Hospitals, 3,400 Pharmacies, over 90 Primary Care clinics and 150 Diagnostic centres; as well as 110 Telemedicine Centres, 15 medical education centres, and a Research Foundation.
The objective of the pilot is to assess homecare technology as a viable way to scale the productivity of nurses and clinicians. This helps to relieve pressure off an overwhelmed healthcare system, be it for conventional care or to meet surge demand in a crisis. The data collected will be benchmarked against conventional methods for cost effectiveness, comfort, compliance, and ease of use of wearable devices; as well as the accuracy of vitals data.
Beginning in October 2020, the study spans long-term care (primary care, post-surgery) and COVID-19 positive cases, across a sample of 200 patients in Delhi, Hyderabad, and Kolkata. The ConnectedLife enterprise-ready cloud is deployed as a managed application in Apollo’s own Microsoft Azure subscription, ensuring that the organization has full control, custodianship and accountability of the application and data. With Fitbit devices distributed to patients via cost-efficient logistic channels, ConnectedLife provides virtual onboarding to project team members and the staff of Apollo HomeCare at each location.
Care is taken to ensure patient information confidentiality as per HIPAA and the code of medical ethics regulations by the Medical Council of India. In addition to self-logged symptoms and vitals by the patients, the data metrics collected in ConnectedLife’s clinician dashboard include oxygen saturation (SpO2), breathing rate, resting heart rate, heart rate variability, skin temperature variation, sleep (including deep, REM and restlessness), and activity levels. ConnectedLife’s algorithm triage patients for clinicians based on the symptoms and vitals, so attention is focused on where it’s needed most.
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