Remote Cardiac Monitoring
The COVID19 pandemic exposed weaknesses in traditional contact-based health care delivery methods, intensifying demand for new solutions to address the unique challenges of the post-COVID era. The calamity has forever altered telehealth as “nice-to-have-features” to “must-have-capabilities” that powers the healthcare continuum. Applying frictionless information technologies like remote heart monitoring, at-risk populations such as residents in Assisted Living (AL) can minimize exposure while safely accessing value-based care even through unprecedented times. The goal is to provide the right cardiac care at the right time for better health at a lower cost.
Remote Health Monitoring
Non-contact remote health monitoring is an effective way of sensing cardiac vitals without direct contact. Since no device is attached to the body, aging fragile skin is protected from infection. Virus transmission is mitigated by reducing the need for frequent physical contact between attendants and elders with 24/7 remote cardiacrespiratory monitoring. Caregivers can safely and efficiently perform numerous wellness checks on multiple residents using an App on their phones or PCs without breaching quarantine protocols.
The Need for Continuous Cardiac Care is Glaring. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death for men and women. Three out of four seniors age 65 years or older suffer from illnesses and conditions related to CVD1 ; e.g. cardiac heart failure (CHF), stroke, high blood pressure, hypertension, etc. Monitoring “changes in vital signs [such as heart and respiratory rates] prior to clinical deterioration are well documented and early detection of preventable outcomes is key to timely intervention."2
When Wearables Don’t Work, Remove the Friction
Users of wearable healthtech have limits; every “rub” of the skin quickly erodes enthusiasm held by the user. The “dirty little secret” of the wearable healthtech industry is well-known: 50% of people abandon their devices within 6 months3 of purchase - even faster among the elderly. Less than 5% of seniors4 wear health trackers, overwhelmingly rejecting wearables despite admitting it could augment health management and improve overall health. Fiercely independent Baby Boomers don’t want to be reminded that they’re aging, according to AARP; wearable monitors directly challenge this sense of independence.5 The older people get the less likely they are to tether themselves to a ‘pet device’, especially those with dementia. The unforeseen phenomenon means up to 48 million seniors are disenfranchised – either seniors acquiesce, or they cannot be protected by wearable monitors.
Eliminate Friction: Making Health Care Inclusive and Accessible for Elderly + Caregivers
A frictionless user experience like the one offered by Cardi/o® is designed to reduce the effort required to perform repetitive routines. The experience “frees” the elder from wearable health trackers and requires no extra effort by the caregiver, thus extending care to the widest range of people and technical abilities. New radar technology used in Cardi/o® remotely scans a person’s heart rate, respiratory rate, stress level and motion 24- hours a day 7 days a week. The system continuously measures micro-vibrations of the body’s cardiac-respiratory system and transmits data via the cloud (frictionless). The 30° field of view (FoV) of a single monitor can cover an entire room up to 10 feet long, with option to cover larger areas via add-on monitors. Thousands of rooms can be serviced via the HIPAA-compliant cloud platform which can serve 95% of seniors who are not served by today’s wearable healthtech. Solutions like Cardi/o® are inclusive, accessible technology driving value-based care.
1American Heart Association
2National Center for Biotechnology Information
4Users by Age 2019 Report, eMarketer
5AARP, Challenging Innovators: Matching offers to the needs of older adults