BOSTON – PhysIQ and Vital Connect are launching an initiative aimed at evaluating how clinician visits to the home, when coupled with continuous patient monitoring, can potentially replace hospitalizations for common medical admissions. The pilot is taking place at Partners HealthCare Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “The evolution of digital medicine makes us even more confident in the home hospital model for our patients,” said Dr. David Levine, the study’s principal investigator, in a statement. “We are in a very exciting era of medicine where clinical-grade biosensors and analytics are capable of delivering continuous physiological insight that was traditionally only available in the hospital environment.” The pilot is the first of two planned initiatives. Patients diagnosed at the BWH Emergency Department with exacerbation of heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, cellulitis or complicated urinary tract infections are provided with a state-of-the-art monitoring solution, including the Vital Connect VitalPatch biosensor that will continuously stream patient vital signs to be analyzed by the physIQ Personalized Physiology Analytics platform. The first phase of the initiative began in the fall and involves up to 60 patients. The pilot will scale up to 500 patients in early 2017.
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