Incorporating Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) in chronic-disease management can significantly improve an individual's quality of life. It allows patients to maintain independence, prevent complications, and minimize personal costs RPM facilitates these goals by delivering care right to the home. In addition, patients and their family members feel comfort knowing that they are being monitored and will be supported if a problem arises. This is particularly important when patients are managing complex self-care processes such as home hemodialysis. Key features of RPM, like remote monitoring and trend analysis of physiological parameters, enable early detection of deterioration; thereby, reducing number of emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and duration of hospital stays. The need for wireless mobility in healthcare facilitates the adoption of RPM both in community and institutional settings. The time saved as a result of RPM implementation increases efficiency, and allows healthcare providers to allocate more time to remotely educate and communicate with patients.
Continuous measurement of patient parameters such as heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, blood pressure, blood-oxygen saturation, and many other parameters have become a common feature of the care of critically ill patients. When accurate and immediate decision-making is crucial for effective patient care, electronic monitors frequently are used to collect and display physiological data. Increasingly, such data are collected using non-invasive sensors from less seriously ill patients in a hospital’s medical-surgical units, labour and delivery suites, nursing homes, or patients’ own homes to detect unexpected life-threatening conditions or to record routine but required data efficiently.
Inno4Health aims to stimulate innovation in continuous monitoring in healthcare and sports. In healthcare, fitness monitoring provides information to patients and their treating physicians regarding the readiness associated with surgery and the ability to rapidly recover from invasive treatment.
In top sports, fitness monitoring provides information to athletes and their coaches for maximum peak performance during competitions.
New sensor technologies enable unobtrusive, continuous monitoring of personal physiological parameters in daily life circumstances. New communication and IoT technologies facilitate timely sharing of that information. New software and data analytics tools facilitate proper interpretation of the information to create actionable insights for fitness improvement programs (for selection as well as evaluation purposes).
In healthcare, they are expected to lead to better health outcomes in patients undergoing invasive treatment. By increasing patients’ fitness before surgery, the risks for adverse events is reduced while the recovery process is improved (better in, better out). Indeed, stimulating patients in being physically active and improve on personal fitness after surgery leads to an accelerated recovery during rehabilitation.
In top-sports, the deployment of these technologies with athletes is expected to lead to better results in games and contests while reducing risk for injuries.