mHealth Research Daily with Tim Bredrup
Flagstaff Medical Center recently launched a yearlong pilot project that remotely monitors patients via Android and Bluetooth technologies in efforts of reduce their chance of being readmitted to the hospital. It’s aimed at a population that often skips regular checkups or lacks the money or transportation needed to get prescription medication. The project uses wireless technology and health-monitoring devices to remotely keep the hospital advised of the patients’ conditions.
Fifty people are being sent home with an Android phone and equipment to check their blood pressure, weight, heart activity and oxygen levels. For those who don’t have electricity, they also get a solar charger. The devices send the readings straight to the phone, which sends them directly to a hospital nurse who can then look at the data and determine whether a follow-up call or text is needed.