Remote health monitoring tech offered for free to care homes during pandemic
Remote healthcare technology that monitors patients’ vital signs and uses AI and machine learning to alert clinicians when conditions worsen is being offered for free to care homes in the UK by Vtuls during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vtuls’ technology, which has FDA, CE and ISO approval and has been deployed in seven countries, can remotely track 40+ vital signs including temperature, blood oxygen, blood pressure, and pain, sending an early warning alert to clinicians when deterioration occurs.
According to Vtuls, a series of clinical trials have shown that the technology leads to improved patient outcomes, reduced time in hospital and decreased healthcare costs for conditions such as heart failure, COPD and diabetes.
The platform is also being used to monitor for COVID-19 in some countries.
Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that the coronavirus has been responsible for more than one in four care home deaths over the last two months.
Vtuls says that its healthcare monitoring technology can help care homes reduce cluster outbreaks, treat people with coronavirus quicker, and uncover COVID-19 cases earlier, helping protect vulnerable residents.
Jas Saini, Vtuls CEO and Founder, commented: “Earlier detection of Covid-19 cases in care homes would enable faster treatment of infected residents and reduce cluster outbreaks that occur when residents are isolated too slowly.
“Daily remote health monitoring of vital signs could play an important part in this. Not only would it uncover suspected cases earlier, therefore enabling better targeting of testing resources, it would also catch cases that occur after a resident has been given the all-clear from a previous test, that would otherwise not be picked up until much later.
“We’re offering our proven, approved and easy-to-use technology for free to any care homes or care home groups that would like support to achieve those outcomes. The situation in care homes is something that needs urgent attention due to the huge risk the disease poses to people in that age group and we’d really like to help to protect the lives of these vulnerable patients.”
Swiss-based Vtuls is offering free use of its technology for the next three months to any care home operator that contacts them. The platform can be deployed within 48 hours, including delivery of equipment and comprehensive training of staff.